Sunday, October 31, 2010
It's hard to gauge just how strange you really are. I've found that a good way to do so is to have someone else (probably a friend, but really it could be anyone) pretend to be you. This goes from dressing like you to affecting your vocal tics to emulating your stride. Even if your friend exaggerates a lot (spoiler: they will), it's cool to get someone else's perspective on the way you are. Although you live in your own brain and experience an unfiltered version of yourself, everyone else sees you through their own set of filters. Seeing someone else being you is thus like looking at yourself through a glass, darkly (goatees are optional, though): you're still recognizable as yourself, but you also notice a lot of weird quirks that you didn't realize you had or that you've stopped being aware of. It's a new, humbling perspective on yourself. If you're pressed for time and/or on a budget, it also makes for a quick, easy, and extremely humorous Halloween costume.