The lyrics for “It’s All Illusion” are here.
Any fans of the poet T. S. Eliot will recognise the phrase “a face to meet the faces that you meet”, taken from his poem “The Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock”:
“There will be time, there will be time
To prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet…”
I think Eliot has articulated so concisely and yet descriptively a phenomena that we all experience and perpetuate ourselves: we put on a face to the world that does not necessarily reflect what is really going on in our minds and hearts. In the age of Facebook and social media this is especially the case: we can be selective, picking and choosing what we want the world to see and believe about ourselves.
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While I try always to be genuine and show my true colours to whoever I meet, I inevitably also put on a face sometimes, to cover up any ugliness of a bad day, or perhaps dark thoughts or feelings that I might be having. “Be strong,” I tell myself, “Other people don’t want to hear about your problems. They have problems of their own.” And sometimes this inner dialogue runs me into a corner, where I’m moody and stressed because I’ve bottled all my feelings up inside, alienated my friends by not sharing my true self, and isolated myself into a lonely place where no one understands me. I’m sure that some of you who are reading this can relate!
For the record, I support the movement to remove the stigma surrounding mental health issues. I have no shame in saying that I’ve needed to consult a psychologist at some points in my life. And it helped a lot! I hope this song will raise people’s awareness of the need to be real and share our feelings (both good and bad) with each other in a healthy way. Maybe if we didn’t feel the need to pretend, we wouldn’t have as many problems as we do now.