More Than What Is Portrayed
This piece juxtaposes how individuals present themselves compared to their raw truth. Many of us work to portray an image that society deems as ideal. In turn, we end up masking controversial aspects of our lives, despite them having a significant influence on who we are. The statements on each body do not represent a single individual, nor display a set list of adversities. Instead, they are merely scratching the surface of the ever-expanding list of pressures and struggles one may face. My intention for this piece is to encourage others to open their minds to the power of vulnerability. It is important for everyone to feel comfortable with discussing personal challenges. Many people can be going through similar issues but feel alone in them due to a lack of conversation and awareness. We all deserve to live in a world where we can be open and lean on one another—judgement-free. We need to build a society that allows individuals to thrive based on their personal growth and humility rather than their fear of displaying weakness or being judged.
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