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The Awakening

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The Awakening

As twilight inked the edges of another day, a man looked into the mirror of his existence. He saw himself staring back – a tapestry of regrets, threaded with a profound melancholy. The face that stood there was a stranger, a man he knew but failed to recognize. It was an awakening, a disturbing revelation that he was merely a spectator in his own reality, unknowingly spinning tales to his reflection and disguising them as truths.

In the wisps of the silken moonlight streaming through the window, he sifted through the dust of his past, where echoes of laughter jumbled in the shallow shadows of silent cries. The candour of innocence had slowly chipped away, replaced by an artful guise, which he skillfully wore each day. Candor had become pretense and silence, a lullaby to his restless thoughts. Survival had convinced him that this was necessary, to exist beyond the realms of his actual self.

He had taught himself to weave pages of illusions, his existence was an elaborately crafted fable, full of hopes gathered from tattered daydreams. The sound of his laughter was a well-rehearsed melody, camouflaging the unshed tears lost in the echoes of his soul. His smile, a mere silhouette hiding the abyss of his fears. The man he perceived in the mirror, was a skillful actor, playing the role the world loved, but he himself detested.

Shards of realization gashed his spirit, raising questions that were once sidelined in the dark corners of oblivion. Had he become so adept at disguising that he could no longer differentiate between the masquerade and the man beneath it? Had he mastered the art of delusion so intricately that deception seemed like truth?

Awareness was both a bane and a blessing; it carved wounds of shame yet whispered a promise of liberation. Flipping the mask, he gazed upon its hollowness, a stark document of his self-betrayal. It was chilling, this raw naked insight, yet there was a comfort in the harshness of the reality. The grey hues of his life were trolled by the yearning for authenticity, an undercurrent of desire to reclaim his lost self.

This night, he decided to embark on a solitary journey, trading the known veiled comforts for the uncertainties of truth. He chose to listen to the timbre of his original tune, however discordant, however raw.

In his hands, he cradled the discarded mask, a memorabilia of a life lived in pretense. His heart echoed a single plea to himself – to be unabashedly, undeniably, unpretentiously him. He shivered as the man in the mirror smiled — a genuine smile, for the first time in a long time. In that shivering, silent moment of the breaking dawn, he found the man he truly was – and would forever want to be.


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