A bright smile I present to those before me
That beautiful smile that often leaves the pain in my eyes unnoticed
A giggle escapes my lips
And little did my friends know that I am dying within.
You see, we live in such a judgemental world
Where our every action is watched and our every word is carefully analyzed
We live in fear, afraid of not being accepted
And while we live in that anticipation, we lose sight of who we are.
We have all become victims of society
Where we dress to impress and strive to be the best
Where popularity is more valuable than our education
And where we come from is more important than our self worth.
We are captivated by this behavior because it's pronounced as normal
Living our lives in oblivion
In attempt to receive acceptance from our acquaintances
As we fall deeper in this place we call our home.
My smile remains plastered on my face and my feelings permanently concealed
I have no choice but to live along with this simplistic lifestyle
And this mask? It fell into the category of social norms
Now my mask has become transparent to who I am.