This I Believe

Melissa - Vista, California
Entered on May 31, 2007
Age Group: Under 18
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This I Believe

I believe that we should always attend the masquerade. This may seem obscure, especially in a time period that does not practice this event often. You see, wearing a mask is normal for us in every day life. Girls often put on layers of make up to hide a blemish only they can see in themselves. We are all guilty of trying to please multiple groups all at once but in order to do so we must constantly change who we are pretending to be. Since when is this standard accepted? Masks can be defined in ways that we don’t even believe exist, but they are there none-the-less. The majority of the time a mask appears is when we are not satisfied or comfortable with whom we are. We deem that we are not good enough as being our selves, so instead we pretend to be someone else, only at the standard of others rather than our own capabilities. This was the point of using a ball with masks on. You had the capability to be yourself and not be ashamed of whom you are because no one knew that it was really you. The part proven to be the most challenging at the masquerade is when a person guesses who another person behind a mask really is. The objective is to find as many people as you know, but to achieve this by knowing your acquaintances for whom they are. Would we pass that test with our friends if given the opportunity? I should like to hope that we would, but it is not for certain. There is a difference with the friends that are always near and those that we assume friendship with only later to find out that we have been deceived. So let us put our knowledge of friendship to the test and always attend the masquerade ball.