Falls Church News-Press: There’s something about the first time you look at yourself in the mirror in the morning that is so revealing. It isn’t something you necessarily think of as you’re staring at the wombat/black-eyed ghost creature that peers droopy eyed back at you after one too many “snoozes” on your alarm clock. What I’m talking about is the moment when you stare yourself down and decide what lies you’ll live that day. It’s a topic that doesn’t get much attention in your day to day, because lying is a sin, but even on the best of days, I think it’s safe to say we lie to ourselves at times and those lies beget more lies we tell to the outside world.

As a defender of all that is true and good even if unpopular, I unfortunately catch myself in this day-to-day possibility of lying. As I slap on the first coat of moisturizer I wonder what I can wear to minimize the weight I’ve gained over the past couple of months. The concealer comes next, and with that gentle middle-finger tap of application over a blemish that evilly brewed itself overnight, I realize that I’m tricking the world into thinking I have perfect skin by the construction of a small, clay mountain. When the first spritz of fragrance hits my wrists pressure points I wonder how to not only conceal my natural scent, but also how to fool the world into seeing me as happy and confident when I am miserable.

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