The truth is, appearances

A friend of mine once asked

Why do you smile when you’re sad?

Why do you laugh when you’re not happy?

Why do you speak politely when they don’t deserve it?

 

I answered

The truth is, appearances

If I look sad people won’t talk to me

If I don’t laugh they’ll think I’m weird

If I’m not polite, I’ll get the blame

 

My friend said you shouldn’t compromise

You need to stick to your values

You need to stand up for yourself

You need to face the problems head on

 

I told them they were right, but it’s not that simple

I need to keep up appearances for my job

I need to keep up appearances for my friends

I need to keep up appearances for my family

If I don’t, things will go badly

 

People are watching

And I’m not a person who can chuck it all out the window

Maybe one day I can do away with appearances

But for now I need to keep the mask on

It isn’t perfect, but for now it works

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