Morgan Spurlock has made a career from living other lives and being other people. He's not alone. Con men (and women) have done that for a while, and actors do as well. Then there shows like "Dirty Jobs" that shows you some of the dirty jobs people do and how they do them, and "Undercover Boss", where the boss works as one of the regular guys, down on the line, in the trenches, on the front, in the stores and backrooms, to see how things are really done.
I'm not looking for any of that. I'm looking for a break from being me.
It's not about my life, either. My life is pretty good. Sisters, friends, brothers-in-law, cousins and nephews have expressed envy about my life. Yes, I make good wages and have had steady employment, good health, a decent home, food and drink whenever I want it, and have existed disaster free, and have had some moderate successes. My complaints are petty, part of existing in a white man's American middle class bubble. I know many people would be happy with my life.
That's why I need a break from being me. I need to escape my desires, longing, frustrations, irritations, whining, and my constant thinking. Why in the world do I think so much? Does everyone think all the time about all these things?
It's not deep, profound thinking, either, or brilliant, creative ideas. It's the muzak of thinking, playing in my head.
Perhaps one of these days someone will invent an app for that. But then it'll probably be like "Total Recall", the Schwarzenegger movie based on the Philip K. Dick story, "We Can Remember It For You Wholesale". I hear they've remade it for 2012, coming out in August, with Colin Farrell. The cycle of creativity continues.
See? There's that jaded man speaking. As an aside, I think "Jaded Man" would be a pretty good title or name for something. Could be a rock group, movie, book.
That's what I need, an app or service, "We'll Live For You." Bring in a guy to be me for a day while I go be someone else.
Causes Michael Seidel Supports
Kiva, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Propublica.org, Doctors Without Borders, GreaterGood.com