Embrace Who You Really Are
Hey, how are ya?
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Speaking of relevant, fall has finally arrived, and that, of course, means Halloween is here. I am 100 percent a Halloween junkie and look forward to this great day every year. But I will tell you a secret only a few people know: I love being handicapped on Halloween.
One Halloween, when I was nineteen, a few buddies in my dorm built and decorated a cardboard box to cover my scooter; instantly, I was transformed into a hockey Zamboni. When I was twenty, I dressed up as Lieutenant Dan while my roommate followed me around like Forrest Gump. By the time I turned twenty-one, and Game of Thrones became popular around the same time, my fraternity buddy and I dressed up as Hodor and Bran. And last year, we went with a NASCAR theme. I turned my scooter into a race car while my three roommates dressed like a pit crew. With the help of some great friends, I have always made Halloween one of the funniest nights of the year, living by the mantra “Embrace Who You Really Are.”
So now that I’m a “mature” twenty-three-year-old, fresh out of college with new but familiar roommates (aka my parents), do I give up playing dress-up? Hell nahh. Halloween is a time to try on alter egos. It is a chance for me to embrace my disability. I like to get creative with it in my costumes for many reasons. First, if you can’t laugh at yourself, then you are really missing out. I think it’s important never to take yourself too seriously. Second, I love the shock value of doing something people don’t expect, then watching them laugh. It puts people at ease and makes them feel comfortable around me. Finally, I think you are wasting your time if you’re not showing off who you really are. I do not want to be disabled, but I am.
You may not want to go to work, but you have to. You may not want to study for your exam, but you have to. You may not want to keep reading this post, but I really want you too.
I view Halloween as a time to let go of what we feel we must do or believe we have to be. I view it as a time to let loose, not simply put on a disguise. It is a time to reveal…a time to show off who you really are. Perhaps you might be too scared to highlight a perceived flaw or insecurity, but c’mon, it’s Halloween! Embrace Who You Really Are; it’s supposed to be fun.
If you feel like you’ve become a working stiff, then dress up as a dead guy holding a Blackberry. If you always hated your big nose, dress up as Pinocchio. If you love the movie Wedding Crashers, then team up with a buddy and wear matching tuxedos. If you have been labeled a pot-head, throw a giant pot on your head and call it a costume.
You get my point…
I don’t use Halloween as a time to forget who I am. I use it as an opportunity to celebrate me. I invite others to share in that celebration. Halloween only comes once a year, and in a way, that means your Halloweens are numbered. Enjoy them while you can. So, what’s your costume gonna be?
EMBRACE WHO YOU REALLY ARE, IT’S WAY MORE FUN!
One Love, Joey