Friday, February 11, 2011

The Mask of Childhood

How sad that we all quickly learn the need to wear one in order to get along in the world. The innocense we once took for granted is removed by the expectations of other and the relationships we encounter once we begin to socialize as children. We wear them for self-protection so we will be accepted. Sadly, we wear them our entire lives.

It takes old age I think before we realize that we can put those experiences behind us, that we are free to express ourselves and that any investment in the approval of others has been greatly if not totally diminished. I know that is the blessing of aging for me. So sad it takes a lifetime to learn how to be genuinly ourselves.

~ Tutte ~