Mike Dariano

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What mask do you wear and why do you choose it?

We all wear a mask and we all wear one everyday. Sometimes it's more than one mask. It's a mask that says jerk or asshole. A mask that says boss, fun, or happy. Masks for sad, humble, angry. We all wear masks and we all choose our masks.

Each day when I wake up I can choose what I will be for that day. Will I be kind? A tiger? A lion?

We took this photo at the zoo and the kids were jumping from one mask to the next, pretending to be a lion, snake, and elephant and they were able to jump from one animal to the next like a sprite would cover a field of clover. Children are given this gift because they don't see things in permanence. Unfortunately adults do.

I'm having a bad day. I'm not so well. I'm just in a rotten mood. Forget that. F-O-R-G-E-T-I-T. That's your choice and when we verbalize it it's admitting that we aren't choosing things and letting things choose us. There is no cloak of 'bad day' that gets wrapped around you, no robe of anger. Those things don't exist. What exists are your choices, my choices about our masks.

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