This weekend my family has been busy getting ready for Halloween. Across the globe we celebrate with pumpkins, goblins, parties, bobbing for apples, ghost stories and Trick-or-Treating. Costumes are worn by most, from the very very young to the young at heart.
In my household, we jumped in starting on Wednesday with a shopping spree to find costumes. My daughter had spent hours cyber shopping already but then of course changed her mind when we got into the store. Friday kicked it off with a Halloween party at school. We spent Saturday carefully placing cobwebs and spiders across our front doorway, on the lamp post and across chairs. We also joined hundreds of other families at SeaWorld’s Trick or Treat Festivities (see above pic of my daughter with a mermaid at the park). Thursday will be our day to meet and greet neighbors as we traverse house to house dressed up as the, self proclaimed, Queen and Princess of the Land! ……while seeking out candy.
As I begin Week Five of Master Key Mastermind Alliance I think about the many ‘costumes’ and ‘masks’ we wear. I wear, and have worn many throughout my lifetime. When I was little I wanted to be a singer then I wanted to be a teacher. I believed I was capable of being and doing anything if I only set my mind to it. I could sit forever and observe the world around me. I would test my own inner power by hearing only my own heartbeat and breathing and then carefully slow everything down and feel as though I had slowed down the whole world around me.
As I got into high school society began to change my thinking. I fell into the boxes of what I ‘should’ or ‘shouldn’t do’ and therefore what to believe was possible for me. We get molded to the careers we should seek. Who should attend college or not. After I got married I followed the road placed before me as a wife and mother. I realize now that it wasn’t long before I wasn’t writing or drawing as often.
Over the past several decades I have worn many masks; some were of conscious choice some just happened by what ever means. I am a daughter and a sister. I am a mother and a grandmother. Along the way; I have been a student, a teacher, a restaurant owner, a researcher, a geologist, a business owner, a follower, a leader….
For all the thunders, blunders and wonders, high and lows, tears and laughter I have seen; they have all led me to who and where I am today.
I have found hero’s in books and magazines, on television and the radio, in my community and on the web.
Now I seek a new hero! The hero inside me. I shall wear the mask of my own smiling face. Regardless of what I wear on the outside, it will be the one I shall always see.
No longer will I sit quietly and agree politely………to the cement builders
I love this song! [ please excuse the length But the choreographing, theme and outfits are fantastic and well suited 🙂 ]
It feels like such a fit for the changes going on over the past four weeks and those coming up!
Not to mention it is the week of Halloween!
So…. to all the ghosts and goblins, princes and princesses…………………. Let’s hear you Roar!