Click, click, boom….yesterday someone told me I looked like Gwyneth Paltrow. As in dead ringer for. Uh, sure buddy, sure. Once upon a long time ago, people thought I looked like the flying nun, you know, Sally Field. Click, click boom. Perception’s a funny thing, eh? What is it that allows one person to see an individual in a particular light and the person next to them ask “wtf? she does not look like _____!” So what is it? A look in the eye? Tilt of the head? Shadow of a smile? Certain simple affectations?
Click, click, boom….yesterday I wore 2 conflicting earrings (alas, I have only 5 holes in my ears at this late age). What does that mean? No time to explain except to say that that, in and of itself, is not at issue. I’m a clarklike female for god’s sake so wearing matching pairs of earrings is not typical. In my mind, it was an experiment. Hauling out historically significant pieces of jewelry to see if I could affect a “change” of some sort. Just for the day. Physical tokens of youth gone wild. LOL
Click, click, boom…Last week I had 2 different people refer to me as “dude” and “man” respectively. Both men. Both times while doing my library volunteer gig. What’s up with that? I’m a woman of advanced age now. What do people see that they are comfortable using “dude” and “man” conversing with me. Living in the country of Florida (oops! that’s living on the planet that is Florida) it’s not unusual (Tom Jones) to have young male (and old alike) customers use the term “darlin” when addressing me at work at the foodstuffs store. Totally different.
So how important is history? No, not that history. I’m talkin’ personal history. What kind of question is that? Popped up in my brain like bread out of a toaster. Can you move forward in life without the bondage that is personal history? I mean, you have to look at what it means – personal history. Depends on perspective doesn’t it? Cherished artwork or deleterious luggage. Maybe a little of both? Can you alter who you have been, who you will always be? Can you be more than what you are? Can you change your perspective, your outlook, your worldview? Click, click, boom….