Wednesday, August 5, 2009
The other day my Love and I took my daughter to the Science Centre in Regina. Parts of it were good and other parts overwhelming in terms of bright colors, loud people and different smells. The part that I found most fascinating was the split mirror. You stand in front of it and the mirror shows you how you actually look to other people when they are looking at you. Many find that they can't relate to photos of themselves because they just don't look the same in the photo as they do in the mirror.
I was rather surprised to find that when I looked into the split mirror I did not look much different that I do when I look in a regular mirror. I seem to have a somewhat symmetrical face. Perhaps this is why my masks that are moulded from my face look so nice. I remember the first one I ever made. It dried over night and the next day I was shocked to find that this one was mine out of all the other masks made by the workshop participants. It had striking features and was what I would consider to be rather good looking. I never thought of myself in this fashion at all, so this was quite the breakthrough in self-image. Having a good look in the split mirror has explained to me why this attraction to my own mask was there. It is all a matter of symmetry. Now I can put my ego aside and know that I am an attractive man and not be filled with false humility. This has with it both the liberation and the responsibility that comes with being one of the "pretty people"; something I had never before thought of myself as being. Hopefully with that comes longevity and graceful aging! After all, "Youth is a gift and age is an art!"