"I'm not who I pretend to be, even when I act like myself."
~Jarod Kintz, This Book is NOT FOR SALE
Halloween, the only day when grownups not in the entertainment industry can get dressed up and be someone else. I admire the creativity of so many DIY people on Pinterest or hanging out on the plaza of the Today show.
Adults often feel strange about dressing up. Kids are used to it. Childhood is spent playing superheroes, playing house, being a vet to stuffed animals or giving out "tickets" to the kids in the neighborhood breaking the rules. Don't forget the ever popular Barber (who hasn't cut another kid's hair?).
For adults who we are in reality can be too much at times. Our kids could have us troubled or frazzled, our jobs could be torture to go to every day, or our love life could be anything but loving (call me if any of those resonate).
We pretend to be happy. We pretend to be brave. We pretend to be confident. Adults spend a fair amount of their existence already pretending but usually for all of the wrong reasons and rarely in a cool costume.
So for one night to be a zombie, a superhero, a bubble bath or even some sort of "sexy" whatever (because in reality you never dress sexy) is liberating and fun. It's pretending without guilt. It is, for one night, honest pretending.
Be creative, intriguing, naughty, mysterious, outrages or silly. Have a grownup treat and trick yourself out. Find your inner vampire, rock star, vixen or annoying politician.
"I don't feel very much like Pooh today," said Pooh.
"There, there," said Piglet. "I'll bring you tea and honey until you do."
~A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh