It has taken me a long time to realize that things aren’t always what they seem. I don’t just mean looking at a book or a DVD and judging it by its’ cover art. I mean realizing that everyone is wearing make up and masks, false eyelashes and smiles. It is a rare moment to be able to see a person who is displaying true emotion, emotion that comes simply from within THEM.
I have come to realize that we smile to show our pain to the world. That way the world is able to move on without sharing it. Then, there are others who make themselves into pieces of art and pain in order to share the joys of their art and expression to the world. It takes someone who truly cares to see beyond all of that into the person you truly are.
Whether we wish to believe it of ourselves and others, we are all actors, clowns, and mimes in the plays and circuses of life. We put on our make-up and perform for the people that make up the audiences around us.
Perhaps taking the time to study a smile or a frown on a friend’s face would give us more insight to how we interact with people. Knowing the difference between a smile of contentment, a smile of grief, and a smile of unconfined joy can be the key to making someone’s day the day that they deserve and remember, because even the littlest of understandings can change someone’s life.