such a common trait
with such terrible consequences.
Masking who we are,
filtering the truth out of our lives,
avoiding who we really are
to conform to society,
to be what everyone else wants us to be.
Asking yourself such an important question,
who am I?
Answering that question
has become the closest thing to impossible.
The constant scrutiny from peers,
the comments that destruct self-confidence,
the lack of self-respect,
it is difficult to get past
the inauthentic nature of others.
The media has caused the demise
of the ability to determine
who we are,
how we should look at ourselves,
we are never good enough.
It is only when you begin to look past
the "filtered reality" that the truth reveals itself.
This is where one is faced
with the obstacle of acceptance.
When you sit in front of the mirror,
what do you see?
Some would point out their imperfections,
thinking that is all others see,
not the beauty they hold.
So they continue on,
repeating the vicious cycle
they are sucked in to.
Masking their true identity
to fit in with the individuals
who are "perfect."
Others, like myself,
look past the filters and the fantasy.
I look for the good in myself.
Looking past my flaws,
exposing my natural beauty.
It is sad to say
that society needs time,
to face the harsh reality
that no one is perfect.
Everyone has a different definition of perfect,
although society attempts to skew
how we view perfection,
we must stay true to ourselves
and aknowledge the beauty of others.
We are all beautiful.
Whether we want to see it or not
is dependent on if we will finally remove the filter
that masks who we are.