Every morning,

we have a choice.

We can put on a mask,

wear battle armor,

and clank through another day.


We can hope no one notices

our fears,

our insecurities,

our emptiness.


Or we can go out,

with no mask,

and no armour,

engaging the day

with unmuted senses.


We can choose to fully

experience the richness of our life.


Or not.


For while masks and armour,

may seem to protect us from hurt,

they don’t allow us to feel.