Paper faces on parade
Hide your face,
so the world will never find you!
- Phantom of the Opera
One gets used to it in time: putting on a brave face, wearing a smile, feigning laughter, and saying that everything's fine--when the truth is that it's not. We struggle to move forward, hiding the wounds we sustain under our armor.
No one is ever unscathed, and our masks conceal our scars.
Quoth House: "But as the philosopher Jagger once said, 'You can't always get what you want.'"