Are You Wearing A Mask?
Yesterday was Halloween also known as All Hallows’ Eve. It is a celebration observed in many countries on October 31. There is much history with roots in age-old European traditions of lighting fires and wearing costumes to ward off ghosts and remembering the dead. In the second half of the nineteenth century, Halloween became a popular day of celebration in the United States. Today, Americans spend an estimated $6 billion annually on Halloween, making it the country’s second largest commercial holiday after Christmas.
Today as I was driving to work, it occurred me that Halloween is the one holiday when people can dress-up as anything or anyone that they want to and hide behind or play the part of that identity or mask all day long. Now, I have to admit, I have seen some VERY creative costumes over the years, and I take my hat off to those people with such vivid imaginations. But, back to the masks and dressing up; I wonder how many of us go beyond Halloween metaphorically being someone that we are not? How many of us pretend to be someone other than our authentic self? And, why would we? Are we afraid to show up as the real us? If so, what is it that we fear? Is it not being accepted by others? Is it that we don’t feel worthy? Do we think if people knew who we indeed are, they would reject us in some way? Do we lack