The Princess and the Mask

Once upon a time, in a kingdom far far away, there lived a princess who wanted to be just like all the other princesses.  She tried to dress like them.  She tried to walk and talk like them.  She wore a mask so that nobody could see her true colors.  At first she felt like her efforts worked.  As the years went by, it grew more and more exhausting to keep up with all the other princesses.  One day while trying to keep up, she stumbled and fell into a puddle.  Her gown tore, her mask was soggy, and she cried.  She cried, and cried, and cried.

 As she cried, she removed the heavy mask and looked up.  For the first time, she could see clearly.  She saw that all the princesses were wearing masks.  Without the mask, the sun warmed her face, and the breeze dried her tears.  Without the mask, she could breathe and felt free.

Without the mask she was beautiful.

photo of me holding up 4 fingers