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The Great Pretender

About people hiding behind their masks - a great pretender, a person who pretends to be someone they are not, hinders themselves of true happiness.

About people hiding behind their masks – a great pretender, a person who pretends to be someone they are not, hinders themselves of true happiness. Surprisingly, some people who shy away from revealing themselves to others tend to be a diamond in the rough. Break the boundaries and show your true color. Chances are that there are genuine people who will love you for who you really are.


The Great Pretender


I once heard that you can only live in denial for so long

Pretending you are something that you are not, gets old

You start forgetting the lies you have told

And then begin to tell more lies to cover your tracks

When you aspire to grow up into a decent human being

No one ever says that they want to be the great pretender

They want to live a modest, humble, average life

When lies and deceit overtake you

That desired life seems to go by the wayside

Always something bigger and better and outstanding

It is all only a shiny facade

And all that glitters will surely rust and fade away

Tell the truth and be who you really are

Enable others to really know the real you

Avoid being the great pretender

It doesn’t benefit you

Plus, I have seen the glimmer of your genuine self

And I know I already like what I see


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Kelli J Gavin

Kelli J Gavin

Kelli J Gavin of Carver, Minnesota is a Writer and Professional Organizer. With over 300 short stories and poems published and posted online, her work can be found with Clarendon House Publications, Sweetycat Press, 300 South Publishing, Linden Books, The Ugly Writers, Zombie Pirates Publishing, Setu, The Story Pub, Cut 19, Otherwise Engaged, Flora Fiction, Margins Magazine, The Basil O’Flaherty, The Rye Whiskey Review, Some Good News, Sweatpants and Coffee, and Southwest Media among many others. Kelli’s first two books were released in 2019 (“I Regret Nothing- A Collection of Poetry and Prose” and “My Name is Zach- A Teenage Perspective on Autism”). She has co-authored over 40 anthologies.

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  1. Just be who you are, and don’t brag about something that you don’t have or don’t say something that aren’t you

  2. for me, my insight about this you have to take the mask off , just be true to yourself, you don’t have to be a great pretender just to hide the pain, the key here is to be who you are, don’t be someone you are not

  3. Doing something under the mask is like being in a prison for a long time and it is really hard. If you want yourself to be set free be who you really are.

  4. It is all about loving who you really are, on how your potentials and positive outlook overpower the insecurities and negativity. Letting yourself being the best version of yourself is the most desired happiness you could ever have.

  5. You’ll never know the true meaning of ” genuine happiness” if you’re living in a world full of lies. So, just be who you are & stop pretending to be someone else. Remember, it’s okay to be different as long as you’re true to yourself.

  6. Do not be afraid to show who you really are. It doesn’t really matter what other people would think of you-as long as your being true to yourself and you’re not causing harm to other people. Their opinions never really matter, what matters is that your happy and you can do anything you’d love to without hurting other people. But always know your limitation. People would want to love the real you not for someone you think they would.

  7. Sometimes hiding yourself or hiding who you are is really hard. Because we are afraid of judgment from people who don’t understand us. But in this world there’s always a judgement just don’t mind the people who are dragging you down. Just be yourself.

  8. The key to find the true essence of happiness is acceptance and contentment! You are born to be YOU not to be like others! If you think that pretending or hiding the true color of yours just to be accepted by others, I think that you’re wrong about it. In other to be love by others, the first thing you need to do is loving yourself first. Happiness is waving at you, so stop pretending!.

  9. In my opinion, you can take all the time you need to be comfortable of yourself. There’s no rushing this process. What matters is that you are able to show your true self in YOUR time and not others. Be yourself and surely your colors will flourish in no time.

  10. Everyone wears their own mask to hide things. Most people wear their mask because they are afraid of judgment. Just show your true colors and do not be afraid, no one will accept you if you can’t accept yourself. Everything starts in ourselves☺️

  11. Don’t be afraid to show who you really are. Just be yourself and start doing great things.

  12. It is just accepting who really you are. It is not covering up yourself from another personality that is not who you are. Be true to ourselves.

  13. Never hide yourself and let everyone see you. Be courageous enough and not to use any mask, let them discover your inner self.

  14. Be true to yourself and others will be true to you. And you just need someone to be comfortable with to stop pretending in this world full of lies and deceit.

  15. Pretending is exhausting. But there will always come a time that we will pretend, maybe it is to attract attention, or the opposite. But either way, staying true to yourself and to everyone else is what makes you, you. We are all unique in our own ways, and that’s what makes us special.

  16. “It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.”
    Accept and love you flaws so that, in return, others will do the same thing for you.

  17. The problem with our generation is some tend to fit in the standards the society constructed. Life is all about us, we have to be true to ourselves in order to live life to the fullest. Judgement of people has no bearing in our own life. ✨

  18. Having a mask is scary… Because day by day, you keep hiding yourself in the dark, pretending who you are not… But once you’ve taken it off, you’ll realize who pretty your scars are… Live up… Stand up! And be free…

  19. Be yourself and accept whatever and whoever you are. The real beauty within you cannot be seen by others if you always choose to tell lies.

  20. Pretending is depending on the environment that we’re surrounded. If we doesn’t cope with it. We better let go.

  21. Its good to show yourself but sometimes it doesn’t reach mine and theirs expectation. So its better to just to pretend.

  22. Why do you need to hide if you have a chance to show who you are. You are special in everyway.

  23. It wasn’t bad if we pretend sometimes, just don’t forget the real you. 😍

  24. ‘It doesn’t benifit you’ No, its okay to hide some sort of things about you. People in our generation is unsafe but still very expressive specifically in social media.

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