Momma Told Me: The Masks We Wear- Featuring Imagine By Rubie's

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The Masks We Wear- Featuring Imagine By Rubie's

Masks by Imagine by Rubie's http://www.imaginebyrubies.com/my-super-best-friends/
Momma Told Me: Masks are an accessory, only you can define the person behind them.


With all of the Marvel and superhero hype over the past few years the topic of superheroes is constantly brought up in discussions with friends, as well as during the children's free play. Girl or boy, the kids in our group can't get enough of superheroes. But an interesting question was asked by the 8 year old, and promptly answered by the 5 year year old just the other day;

Daisy (8): "If superheroes are so awesome, why do they need a disguise to cover up who they really are?"

Lynnsey (5): "Because nobody would believe they had super powers if they didn't wear their uniforms!"

Masks by Imagine by Rubie's http://www.imaginebyrubies.com/my-super-best-friends/
Masks by Imagine by Rubie's http://www.imaginebyrubies.com/my-super-best-friends/
Masks by Imagine by Rubie's http://www.imaginebyrubies.com/my-super-best-friends/
Of course any self respecting nerd knows that superheros commonly devise a uniform, or disguise, as a way to ultimately protect their identity from the villains who seek to harm them. More specifically, to protect the identity of those they love and care for most. But this did bring up an interesting theme for a conversation. Most modern day superheroes follow a universe story-line in which their identities are quite public. Sure, some people need their mask to function as part of a suit (Ant-Man, Iron Man, etc) but do superheroes need a uniform in order to be super?
Masks by Imagine by Rubie's http://www.imaginebyrubies.com/my-super-best-friends/
The answer is, of course, no.

When I was a little girl Momma forbid masks in the house. While I suspect this was party due to a -minor- incident involving a Halloween mask, the upstairs hallway, and my father's lack of appropriate timing in something that was otherwise humorous (long story,) she maintained that "While you will wear many hats in your life, you need never wear a mask." It was her argument that I could be whatever I wanted, no matter what I wore. She was right, of course.
Masks by Imagine by Rubie's http://www.imaginebyrubies.com/my-super-best-friends/
Masks by Imagine by Rubie's http://www.imaginebyrubies.com/my-super-best-friends/
But are masks always used as a crutch, something to hide behind?

For a long time I struggled with this myself. As a blogger I find I am almost constantly wearing some form of mask- whether it's a touched up photo, or simply the best angle of my home on camera. My physical impression is loud, dramatic, and strong- but it's just the surface of what I have to offer, and what lies beneath. At the same time, the socially awkward, anxious, introvert that first put on this mask 5 years ago has found confidence and strengths behind it. Strengths I take with me when the mask is off. The person I am when the camera is away, when I'm 'on my own,' has tremendously benefited from the mask I wear.
Masks by Imagine by Rubie's http://www.imaginebyrubies.com/my-super-best-friends/
Our masks in life are our accessories. They don't define our superpowers, and we are no less fantastic once we take them off. Okay, it would be a little strange watching a man in a button down and jeans fly through the sky to rescue a woman from a burning building- but that's only because we're conditioned to look for something flashy and different in the first place. Clark Kent doesn't become Superman, he is always Superman, uniform or not, his powers, his heart, his determination, don't go away. So, the next time in your life you feel as though you are naked, caught without a mask, remember it was you who conquered and overcame every single time before.
Masks by Imagine by Rubie's http://www.imaginebyrubies.com/my-super-best-friends/
Of course, us modern day superheroes have to make due without all the glitz and glamor of custom outfits, cascading capes, and glittered masks. It's just not practical on a blogger's budget, you know? But you and your little ones can enjoy authentic DC licensed masks and costumes from Imagine by Rubies. No, this is not a sponsored mention, we just happened across 2 of their masks and have thoroughly enjoyed them. You'll find the My Super Best Friends (glitter) kid's mask and DC Batman mask made by Imagine by Rubie's seen above on Amazon and at a variety of toy retailers nationwide. Regardless, let's discuss what it means to be your own superhero and what types of masks we wear in the real world today!


What Daughter Says: Be your own superhero, no matter the uniform.


5 comments:

  1. Gorgeous photos Jenna! These masks looks so fun. I'll be seeing lots of superheroes tomorrow. We're headed to Emerald City Comicon. Yay. :)

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  2. It is so true about the masks we wear on a daily basis. I myself often find I hide my true self behind a mask for fear of rejection of people knew what was really go on inside me. I have tried to teach my kids that they need to be themselves and if people don't like them then they don't need them in their life. Wish I could take my own advice.

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  3. The kids bring up an interesting point. For Iron Man, I think most people know who it is in real life ... ? It always made me laugh that no one figured out that Clark Kent is Superman too (besides Jesse Eisenberg in the newest movie, anyways) because they look the same.

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  4. When I was going through a divorce. I wore my sunglasses every single second when I was out and about. I just couldn't stand to let people see into my wounded soul. It was a very hard time. Masks are quite necessary sometimes. I certainly enjoyed this article.

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