Break Character

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By Mike Johnson

In the ether of infinity, you’ve chosen to be “you.”
You’ve created a character named (your name here).
This character dresses the part, speaks the part, acts the part and feels the part.

You’re so immersed, you believe you ARE the character.

But behind the scenes, you’re actually something else that just assumed that role.

You know this is true because you can mentally detach and watch yourself in action.

That “something” watching, is who you really are.

Perform an experiment.

The next time you’re at a family event, remain quiet. Stop playing your character. Just smile, listen and observe.

Admire the acting skills of others. How deeply immersed they are in their roles. How predictably accurate they play themselves.

It will be funny and disconcerting at the same time.

With this detachment, you realize just how predictably accurate you play yourself.

You realize how obvious your acting has always been to others who have this higher perspective. You feel exposed.

Yet liberated.

You don’t have to stay in character! You’re not trapped by your habitual mannerisms and behaviors. You no longer have to carry the burden of being you.

You can be anybody.

Once you break character, every other possible option becomes available.


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