I Wear A Mask.

Today’s post is written by our Brave Artist Mariah Neilson


I wear a beautiful mask.


I wear this mask to hide my insecurities. I put on a front.  


I want you to know me, but wait, not all of me. Just the parts that are good enough to look at. I want you to know the pretty parts of me and still like me. 


I want you to take a quick glance and like what you see. But don’t look to close. If you do, you will see the parts of me that you won’t like.



want you to be proud of me. Whether I am your daughter, sister, girlfriend, best friend or just a girl in your class, I want you to be glad you know me. 

I want your approval.


I work hard for it. Trust me I do. I wear this beautiful mask for you. I try to be what you want me to be. I try to make you proud. I try to be what I think you want me to be.


I want to be beautiful. So I work to fit your definition of beauty.


I want you to tell me I am beautiful. Say it please. It reassures me. It builds my confidence. I look to you for my self worth.  I wear this beautiful mask for you.


I idolize this mask. It comes before everything. This beautiful mask hides my pain and insecurities.


I make sure my make up and hair will meet your standards. I put on fake lashes and paint my nails, so you will find me beautiful.


I wear this mask because it is easier than letting people in.  


I wrote this poem to reflect my desire to fit in and be perfect. For the longest time I believed the lie that I had to fit Cosmo’s definition of beauty, be a straight A genius and always say the right things.

Taking off the mask means that I am vulnerable. It allows people to see who I am. Being brave for me, means that every day I choose to take the mask off.

All pictures were taken and edited by Mariah Neilson through Treasured Hope Photography. 


Mariah Neilson is 20 years old. She is a newly claimed artist, a Live Brave Artist, with a passion for photography, long walks and everything pink. She is in her third year of college,  working on her bachelors degree in Psychology with a minor in Global Cultural studies. She is a Resident Assistant to about 50 students. Her goal in life is to live a life that is full of grace and compassion. In free time she likes to write and explore this beautiful world around me. Mariah also writes on treasuredhope.wordpress.com

4 thoughts on “I Wear A Mask.

  1. I love everything about this post Mya. So vulnerable, so brave. I think no matter how old we are, and experiences we go through, we have a tendency to put the mask on, when things get hard. Thank you for being real. ~Lesley

  2. I am so blessed to call you daughter. I could relate to your desire to fit in and be perfect. Your courage and strength never cease to amaze me. I love that I can see strength even in your vulnerability. Thank you for being real! Every picture spoke a thousand words! I love it when you remove the mask!

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