Go outside and play – magical words when you’re a child – unheard as an adult.

But is it really?  Go out in the world and play.  Like playing a character in a theatrical performance or on film…we slip into characters from the moment we wake up.

And like in many superhero films and theatre, we complete the character with a mask. And like in the movies, our masks hide the real person and turn the character into something super hero like.  Clarke Kent turns into Superman.  The message is that Clarke is not very useful until behind his Superman mask…well, he’s Superman.  I get it, I really do – who doesn’t want to be SUPER?  Who doesn’t want to be the amazingly have it all together person in real life?  It’s simply not possible – and rather boring if we’re completely honest with each other.

Not convinced you’re wearing a mask…

There’s the mask of having it all together… an old personal favorite of mine.

The mask of I can handle this all by myself…it’s hard to accept help from others…or to even admit we need help.

The identity mask – if you really knew me you wouldn’t like me

The career mask – this is the career expected of me so I’ll make it work

The parent mask – trying to be the expected parent instead of marching to our own drum.

And on and on.


It’s the weekend – go play – but like when we were children.  Without a care of what everyone else is doing, full of laughter and freedom, for enjoyment and recreation, without a mask.

Go outside and play – DM


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Donna Matthews is a blog writer at the DJRanch where she strives to remain authentic while not taking herself too seriously. She is also the creator of Slay The Chaos (, where she writes about productivity and organization. She is a member of The Writers Guild and Write Space in Houston and is currently writing her first book.

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