Do you ever notice how many different versions of you exist? We slip in and out of our different personas without even noticing.
Yes, we do, and today I was a bit skewed during a noon walk. I could not help myself.
Pointing the phone camera at an angle took the edge off the serious, obsessive/compulsive employee that dwelled in the corner office on Monday. That version of me – the person who works with spreadsheets, reports and various computer programs all day – often turns to another persona to save sanity…especially during the days or weeks or months of INsanity.
It’s true. I tell stupid chicken jokes to the co-workers, engage in frivolity with our managers (when it’s appropriate) and take skewed photos at lunch time. I’m not seriously serious every minute of the eight hour work day. I could never be. In fact, I would say that many of my personas collide during the day, no matter where I am or what I do. On any given day I can be a bevy of different people – quiet or loud; serious or silly; straight or skewed.
The day would be rather dull and flat if I only brought one persona with me. What would happen if I left the crazy, sugar-addicted cat lady at home? Or told the chicken joke lady that she needs to cross the road and stay there? Would I be a good employee if I didn’t keep a serious, focused side in the corners of my mind or fail to channel the woman who is overly organized?
I had one horrible moment when the angry persona collided with the good-natured persona, via the dirge of divorce. It was a raw moment, one I’d just as soon forget, when I said the “F” word in front the boss and then reduced myself to a pile of tears. I have since left that persona locked up in the cellar.
I traded her in for an English woman with a tiara and pearls – serious AND skewed.