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Monday, July 13, 2009

Be Someone Else

Everybody loves Halloween.

We can dress up as someone else, and in unguarded moments maybe even believe we're someone else.

Not that there's anything wrong with being us, mind you; it's just that there's nothing wrong with being someone else, either.

In 1939, the great James Thurber's story "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" was published in The New Yorker; it later became a film.

Since then, Walter Mitty has been the prime example of a daydreamer, one who is so ineffectual in real life that he has to make up fantasies just to keep himself happy.

Now I ask you: What's so wrong about that?

I'm not talking about breaking laws, like impersonating a police officer, or becoming a quack doctor. We're not talking "Pretender" here.

But when you walk through a series of doors and enter an elevator, why not be Maxwell Smart, complete with the "Get Smart" theme running in your head?

Dining in an unusually fine restaurant, or walking into the lobby of a five-star hotel to meet someone? Be Trump or Gates.

Sprucing up the house? Be Martha Stewart.

You can be anyone you want whether you're singing in the shower, playing basketball, or just living vicariously through a movie.

Let yourself go (literally) and be someone else.

You'll be happier.

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