In this season that we are currently in, wearing a mask is now a reality and sight we have all become accustomed to.
Weâ€™ve been encouraged to wear them to both protect ourselves and others. We have become more physically guarded with and from one another. It has required more effort, creativity and innovation to remain connected to one another; even those closest to us.
Truth is, even when we are not in the midst of a pandemic, many of us go through life guarded and wearing masks of varying descriptions. To a certain extent this is natural, as we occupy different spheres and roles in our every day lives. It can also be necessary. As some of us have to navigate things in this world that mean we have to keep our defences up. Our self-preservation and sometimes our very lives depend on it.
Yet, somewhere between the two there is a gap, and in that gap we have an opportunity to be unguarded. To be and reveal our truest self, on our own terms. I am striving to live within that gap. It is a work-in-progress.
ps If interested, scarf and mask from Lohi Fashion #blackowned
Optional extra: A Thursday Thought from last year, â€˜Mask on, Mask Offâ€™