“I see your true colors shining through. I see your true colors, and that’s why I love you.” Why does this Cyndi Lauper song stop me in my tracks every time I hear it?
It makes me visualize an old painting, like the ones you see on the antique roadshow. “My Great Uncle Henry had this up in the garage for 50 years and he just LOVED it. Of course, he did smoke his cigars out in the garage.”
Layers and layers of gunk have built up on the painting over the years, masking the brilliance of the original colors. All it needs is some careful restoration and to be brought out for display under museum quality lighting… and it’s priceless.
Of course, being a man, I would be tempted to just take a powerwasher to it. But no… restoration is a painstaking process, carefully removing each layer of haze without damaging the original brilliance underneath.
I believe we all start out as masterpieces. Your true colors are the real you, the talents you bring to the table, the dreams you had as a kid. Over time we build up layers of dirt – creating personas to succeed in business, putting on acts to please other people, putting on masks to protect ourselves from pain. Revealing your true self is not easy or risk-free.
I’m finding that the real me is coming out more and more as I get older. It happens when I surround myself with people who love and support me. Just like in the song. Support from true friends gives me the courage to try those things that I think I may be good at, and to spend more time doing things that I love. If you can find the intersection of those two lists – things you are good at and things you love -you are well on your way to museum-quality pricelessness.
Restoring the real you will take some time. The layers may need to come off as slowly as they built up over time. And you may need to change the environment, the wall you are hanging on, to start the process. But there’s no doubt about it… you ARE a masterpiece and your true colors are still there.
Don’t be afraid to let them show.