The “Everything’s Fine” Mask

Head and shoulders of a young caucasian man in a white sweater with a gray design in a white collared shirt, wearing glasses and looking straight out of the photo
Let us all play pretend.
Let us show the world
    I will not end.
Let us all play pretend.
Shall we don the mask,
so none will ask,
"Is everything fine?"
When all is said and done,
to whom will we show
the thing others do not know,
That our mask
    is not for fun.
We wear the mask
and all believe
they know
the weave of of our life
though, truth be told,
would leave all aghast.
Hide your fear;
hide your tears,
all those years,
To overcome the pain,
but what happens
when it is time to laugh again?

Neofrost February 21, 2001

By Daniel Dickinson

I’ve had quite an interesting (read challenging) life and managed to do some pretty good work despite all of that. On this site, however, I am mostly focused on topics that are either personal or political, rather than ‘real work’ like firmware development, web development, work history, and the various professional and hobby activities that are what far too many folks see as the only things that make a person’s life valuable or make a person’s life matter.