I walk into the room and am immediately engulfed by a chattering throng of people. Surrounded, by people who love me. Yet never have I felt so alone, as I smile gayly and hide my tears. Putting on a face, playing the happy girl. I stand in the center of the large room. It's my day and the room is so bright no one can see my lonely shadow. It's hidden as surely as if it never existed, and for all they're aware… it never did.

Engulfed by family and friends, I stand utterly alone. Smiling while crying invisible tears.