I’d like nothing better than to write a post about this weeks Sunday Scribblings, #60 Masks, that would be thought provoking and deep, but unfortunately, I’m not that kind of person. However, I do have some thoughts on the subject.
How many masks do you wear every day? These are just a few of mine…….
1) My morning mask — so happy to have another day on this earth and with Sweet Baboo
2) My ready to meet the day mask — hair, clothing, makeup — all the armor is in place
3) My Dunkin Donuts coffee mask — my thank you for waiting on me but I’m not leaving this drive through window until I taste it and make sure it is right mask
4) My daily commute mask — a mask of indifference and boredom because I am indifferent and bored
5) My quiet concentration mask — this is what I put on to get my initial duties done before opening the office for patients — schedules passed out, waiting room neat, messages taken from voice mail — a slow ramp up for the hectic day to come
6) My “I am competent and friendly and will take care of you momentarily” mask — the mask that I show to patients, doctors, and co-workers alike.
7) My Mom mask — I like to use this one on the little kiddies — I squat down to their level and look them in the eye to ask them questions.
And then there’s the “no I don’t want to buy any vinyl siding” mask, and the “it’s so fabulous to see you, how long has it been” mask, and the “could you please stop at the dry cleaner’s and pick up my slacks” mask…….. and alot of my masks are friendly and pleasing, without guile.
And so on. You get the idea.
The point being, I think alot of us have a mask of some kind on almost all the time. For every interaction in our lives, there is a certain outcome that you desire. Without the masks, you wouldn’t have a chance of ever getting that outcome!! (If you don’t believe me, try telling the vinyl siding salesman that you don’t want any siding with a smile on your face and see what happens!!)
I’d love to be able to just be me, but I feel that I could be treated like doormat or worse if I did. The best thing I can ever do for myself is to protect myself — and so I wear my masks.