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October 6, 2012

I am a woman of many masks

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The theme for October over at NaBloPoMo is “Masks“.  I am intrigued by some of the questions posed as writing prompts for the first week of October: When you saw the word mask, was your first interpretation protection, covering up, persona, or performance? Are you good at hiding your feelings or is your face an open book? Do you enjoy acting?

Masks.  We’ve all worn them actually or metaphorically.

Halloween and pretending are what first came to mind when I thought of masks.  But then I started thinking more metaphorically.  Sort of like wearing many hats, only perhaps a little more personal.  How easily can we hide an emotion when we need to?  Can a mask allow you to live out something you’d never admit to wanting to do in your real life?

I, as all of us do, play many roles in my life: daughter, sister, wife, mother, teacher, friend – to name a few.

When I am with these people, I need no mask.  They are my heart and soul.

What about the blogger me, the photographer me, the me I hope to be?

Can all these me’s happily coexist without the need of a mask?

It seems I’ve asked more questions than I’ve answered here.  Am I good at hiding my feelings?  In general I’d say no.  There are times when I must, but I’ve been told my eyes give me away.

Do I enjoy acting?  I know I can put myself up on the stage.

I can act the way I need to in a given situation, despite what my heart may think.

What do you think, voodoo-man?  Do we need to wear our masks to get along in this world?

What about you, dear readers and friends?  Who is that masked man or woman?


  1. There’s a saying, “you have to live with a person to really know them” and that’s probably the way I feel about masks. You live with your first family, of parents and siblings, and they really know who you are in your younger years. Later, as you progress to your next family, with husband and children, they know the real you, that being the adult you. But other than that, I guess we have a choice of whether we wear a mask with people, or not. Wearing our heart on our sleeve can make us vulnerable, so we have to protect ourselves to some extent, by wearing a mask. I see a fun-loving, out-going, deep-thinking Karma here, and I like her! 🙂

    Comment by Joanne — October 6, 2012 @ 10:17 pm | Reply

    • Thank you Joanne, and thanks for sharing your thoughts. In some situations, it is true that we can choose whether to wear the mask, but there are other times when I think a mask can be really necessary. Difficult times at work are one of those situations that comes to mind. I admit to channeling a little Kathy from Lake Superior Spirit while writing this post!

      Comment by Karma — October 7, 2012 @ 8:12 am | Reply

  2. Maybe we just see one side of anyone else? Or a couple of sides, but not the whole person. Maybe we try to put our best faces forward – maybe we hide. Maybe it changes, depending on who we’re with, what we’re doing. Maybe we grow into our real faces – or out of them. Maybe we keep one face just for ourselves. Maybe we’re transparent to everyone but our own selves. I don’t know. But I sure do like that photo of you framing a shot over the lake.

    Comment by Gerry — October 6, 2012 @ 10:38 pm | Reply

    • Thank you Gerry. I think much of what you say here is true. There are some people, however, that I truly hope that I am not transparent to! That photo at the water is actually ocean – lakes around here are not so large and wide open. I’m sure most lakes in Massachusetts would look quite puny to someone from the land of the Great ones! 😉

      Comment by Karma — October 7, 2012 @ 8:15 am | Reply

  3. According to Shakespeare, “All the world is a stage”. Sometimes we do things because we know they’re the right thing to do and we plant a suitable expression on our faces, sorta like when we open a gift we really don’t like and hide our real feelings. I think of myself as a cheerful, smiley sort, but I learned at my last job that my face sometimes looks quite angry if I’m not thinking about it. Don’t know why that is.

    But as you say, you are different, with different people. With good friends I don’t need to worry about my crabby face, they understand that’s just what it does when I think I’m being expression-less.

    Sorry, what was the question ?

    Comment by sybil — October 7, 2012 @ 8:43 am | Reply

    • Good question – what was the question? 😉 I asked so many in this post I’ve forgotten too! 🙂

      Comment by Karma — October 7, 2012 @ 8:54 am | Reply

  4. This challenge would be very difficult for me. I like your interpretation – but for me, masks would be completely hiding something – as in using a masking compound in watercolors, or creating a mask in Photoshop. Covering up, with high opacity. I have many faces, I think – my professional, at-work face when dealing with clients (when I still worked) – my out-in-public-so-I-must-be-respectible face – and the with friends and family, all me face. Probably some others too. Not masks though, just faces.

    Comment by Carol — October 7, 2012 @ 2:49 pm | Reply

    • I think that is what is interesting about this kind of question, Carol – we all would answer it a little bit differently.

      Comment by Karma — October 8, 2012 @ 8:00 am | Reply

  5. I love the way you answered the questions with more questions. Isn’t that almost always the way? One thread leads to another, so you tug, and then there’s yet another thread. Wonderful post, Karma. I really enjoyed seeing you in your many “masks.” 🙂

    Comment by Robin — October 8, 2012 @ 9:16 am | Reply

    • Normally, I don’t like to answer questions with questions! I find it very frustrating. But the more I thought, the more questions came to mind, and I didn’t really have answers for them. Thank you Robin – I was hoping there wasn’t just a little too much of “me” in this post! 😉

      Comment by Karma — October 8, 2012 @ 5:16 pm | Reply

  6. This is the BEST blog, Karma! I LOVE it. There are only questions in the world, I do so believe. Any answers are arbitrary and change constantly, just like the masks we wear. I liked the amount of “me” in this post, too (reading your answer to Robin’s comment). Why not show more of ourselves, especially as we realize that we’re much more expansive than we ever imagined. What’s beneath the masks? What’s before the first story? Those are questions that fascinate me so much.

    Comment by Kathy — October 13, 2012 @ 9:40 am | Reply

    • I’m glad you enjoyed it, Kathy. I did feel like I was channeling a bit of your spirit when I wrote this one.

      Comment by Karma — October 13, 2012 @ 3:42 pm | Reply

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