Paper Faces on Parade

Have you ever realized how fake we are as humans? We are broken, and we fail, but we still try to create a mask for ourselves. We try to cover up the fact that we fail, and we say we’re okay. If you’ve been on facebook or anywhere on the internet, you’ve probably seen those memes that say, “You know what the biggest lie people say is? ‘I’m fine.’ ” And it’s probably true (even though those memes get annoying after awhile).

I feel like it’s especially  hard as teenagers, because there’s just something about high school that makes everybody judge each other. We’re growing up, trying to find out who we are, and high school is shaky ground to be in during that stage. So when we fail or even feel hurt, we don’t like to tell people. We put on the facade that we are completely and totally fine. We try to match each person’s definition of perfection, But the thing is, when we do that, we don’t even know who we are anymore. We lose ourselves in the effort to show outward perfection.

And while it’s annoying and burdensome to tell everyone your troubles, it’s good to have at least one person to talk to. To be vulnerable. And that’s hard. Because it takes trust. See, the other thing about human brokenness is that we fail each other, and that makes it hard to trust and be trusted.

But the beautiful part is when you do open up and become vulnerable. Not just when you do it, but when someone chooses to trust you. It is so precious. And then, I wonder about the people who keep absolutely everything reigned in. The people who give off a totally confident vibe but who may be insecure as anything on the inside. I mean, they are the ones who inspired this blog post.

So, I’m not trying to say, “Go out and find a person to talk to!” I mean, you should, because you could probably benefit from that a ton. But also try to remember that while you may feel like you’re going through a lot, there are other people who are going through a lot. And you don’t even know it. I don’t know it. The only way anyone can know anything is if that person decides to trust someone with their story. Remember the masquerade.

Epylle Spydre

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One thought on “Paper Faces on Parade

  1. This is so wonderfully insightful, and so completely 100% true. (I could write a novel in response to this but I’ll save that and leave you with that).

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