If you find your pulse quickening as you think about the Costume you’ll be wearing this evening, you might want to ask yourself why. You design your Costume everyday—so why the quickened pulse? Every morning you open your closet, pick out some clothes, get dressed and step onto stage…but no internal rush.
But tonight you might be feeling that rush as you hit the dressing room and throw on the Costume—because it’s Halloween and that changes everything. So people say.
You get to pretend to be something you aren’t—and the rush hits. That guy you’ve wished would notice you, he’s going to notice you tonight. That group you’ve wanted to work your way into, you’re working your way in tonight. That “thing” you’ve thought about trying—you’ll try it tonight. All because it’s Halloween and the Costume fits the role you want to play.
The Costume covers who you are, so it excuses what you do…since it’s not really you.
So people say.
And you act out a scene you’d normally never think about scripting—all because of the Halloween Costume.
The problem? The costume doesn’t change who you are, it just masks the surface (or uncovers the surface, depending on what you are wearing). So, if it doesn’t’ change who you are, then why change what you’d normally do? And if you wouldn’t normally be wearing a plunge neckline that flashes or a skirt that barely covers your derriere, then why tonight?
There is this mask, this lie going around, that Halloween is the perfect excuse to try something new and daring, something you wouldn’t normally do. Halloween seems to throw open a door to try something you’d never try and the door seems wider than usual. But what happens when you step through it?
You wake up on November 1, the Costume is gone and the “pretend” role is over. But it wasn’t pretend when you stepped through that wide open door—you really stepped. So now you have to deal with the scene you scripted and the role you played last night.
Putting on a Costume and getting sucked into the pretend scene doesn’t change the fact that getting drunk, high, having sex, casting some spells and giving witchcraft a swing wasn’t pretend. The scene still plays out in your Drama and on your stage. Your true identity isn’t revamped just because you wear a mask-it really was YOU acting out that role.
Now, it’s November 1, Curtains Open and you have to deal with what you scripted last night. The Costume alters the surface, but it’s only skin deep and what you did wasn’t pretend…it went deeper then skin–you actually acted it out.
So think it through before you step through the door that excuses any and everything. You might want to redesign that Costume and pick a different backdrop to hangout on tonight, because November 1 will be here within 8 hours. You’ll be left to deal with what the “real” you scripted. It’s not pretend—it’s your life.
Drop the Drama. Script It Right.