Since the day we are born, we are assigned roles to go about each day in different phases of our lives. Without questions, we play our roles and effortlessly so, we act. This acting is internalised so much so that we cannot separate it from our being. Yet, we are not ourselves when we act.
We have been honing our skills forever; how to smile, how to conduct ourselves, how to greet and talk and what not! Just give it a thought, do we really behave like ourselves in every minute and hour of the day? I bet not. If so, we would have been called ‘mad’ or at least I would surely be called so.
I think we all are empty notebooks. We allow others and even experiences to leave their mark on the pages. We are never the same when another page fills up. According to me, it works in phases. We act, become someone else in a certain situation, meaning we are distant from our true selves and we allow the person or the incident to write something on a page. It can be understood like a wet clay tablet on which the scribe has to write the letters before the tablet dries.
Maybe this is the reason we grow with each little experience and all the people we have met. We change bit by bit, everyday as each page fills up.
Haruki Murakami, in his short story “Drive my car” which is one of the stories in his book, “Men without women” had written
Then back to the stage, and the acting. The bright lights, the rehearsed lines. The applause, the falling curtain. Leaving who one was for a brief time, then returning. But the self that one returned to was never the same as the self that one had left behindHaruki Murakami ‘Drive my car’
Murakami talked about professional actors but I sensed he meant more. I tried to interpret the idea my way. We also seek the applause, don’t we, the validation from others? Somehow or the other we all are actors(in a positive way)
Murakami is a great writer, one of my favourites. You would get the story ‘Drive my car’ and others in the internet or you could always buy a copy of his books. I have read his short stories and they baffle you in a way you love!
So this was basically my idea and I would love to hear what you all think about it. Any constructive criticism is welcome.
Thank you so much for reading❤️
©Tryst with mind -18/10/19