The big cover up. I was reflecting after a recent photo shoot of how many of us are quick to cover up some of the less pleasant or things that we want to keep hidden. We notice things and don’t want the rest of the world to see us. Inadequacies, deficiencies, flaws, shortcomings. It’s like we want people to see the Superman and never know there’s a Clark Kent, I mean Black Panther and T’Challa.
Reality is we all have stuff. We all didn’t wake up like that (real talk). There are things that we wish we had or wish we looked like. We see the highlights, never understanding the reality that happens behind the scenes. Its human nature to cover up, or make things look better than what they may be. Here are some of the things we cover up with:
We hide the flaws and complexities of our faces. Ready to get them “beat” so that we look Fierce and Beautiful. Reality is makeup can only enhance the beauty that is already there. It doesn’t make you.
I will never forget I went to the grocery store one Saturday afternoon in a small town where I was working. Didn’t know many people so I was confused when this lady came up and started talking to me. I looked around to make sure she wasn’t talking to someone else. Polite as I am, I entertained the conversation until I finally realized that the person talking was my co-worker and associate. The problem was she didn’t have her “face” on. Her natural face was so different than the one she put on for everyone else. I was shocked, to the extent that I still remember it vividly some 15 years later. No need to hide, it’s not the stuff that makes you beautiful anyway. It’s what’s in you that truly makes you beautiful. Your attitude, your persona. That funny laugh, your contagious spirit. That’s the beauty of you.
Shades & Hats
We cover up our eyes and or our hair for different reasons. Sometimes because of what we did the night before. LOL. Sometimes to hide the weariness or frustration in our eyes. Hats may be used to cover up a bad hair day, or bad hair period. We hope and pray the wind doesn’t blow it off. Hidden from the reality of what’s really going on.
Then there is the amazing tool that we love. Love to smooth out wrinkles, eliminate flaws, slim down bodies, and add things we wish we had.
We do so well to cover up our flaws and sometimes in the process lose our identity. Who are we hiding from? What or who are we afraid of?
I have learned that there is nothing worth covering up. God made me the way he made me on purpose. Every bump, every wrinkle, EVERYTHING. I used to worry about what I wasn’t and what if’s for days. Thank God for a deeper understanding of who I REALLY am. I have no one to please. No one to cover up for.
So I have removed the masks that have been put on over the years and decided to simply LIVE. Fearfully and wonderfully made. Living in the promises of my God. You gonna join me or nah?