While I was out running errands this Halloween weekend, I noticed a sign in a store window. The sign asked patrons not to come into the store with their Halloween masks on or costume weapons in hand, out of concern for the safety of its other patrons. Since I didn’t have a costume on, and still hadn’t decided on one, this sign didn’t phase me.
However, long after I left, I began to think about it. I wasn’t thinking about the literal message of the sign, but rather about the idea of taking off our masks when we show up places, especially when it relates to our careers.