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Friday, July 01, 2005

The Mask Factor

We all remember this one ...

All the world is a stage,
And all the men and women merely players.
They have their exits and entrances;
Each man in his time plays many parts.

-William Shakespeare

I know in this life we all play many parts. Sometimes the joker, sometimes the silent one, and often the bard. I think I have a different character for every occasion - like a hallmark commercial. A custom fit to every acquaintance, every friend, family and stranger. There is no standard. I play a part, a thinker in this motley crew, a sheep at work, a good samaritan for the old lady on the bus. So how could we ever be predictable? Or is it our consistent inconsistencies that give us a personality?

It isn't a mask for me. It is the layers of the onion. And with every year, a look in the mirror brings a clearer picture of what's really insisde. Inevitably there are tears to be shed. You can't make an omelette without breaking eggs. But it isn't a mask after all. Makes for one hell of a curtain call!
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