As a kid I used to love playing make-believe. For the next few hours I could be anyone I wanted to be, would instantly acquire their superhero strengths, and would set off for adventures to parts unknown. It was the perfect escape from the cruel world known as, “Matthew, eat your vegetables” and was free from the evil villains otherwise known as my sisters.
Now, as an adult, sometimes I long to once again play this simple childhood game. To escape to an imaginary land free from the cruel world known as, “Matthew, pay your bills” and one that would allow me to leap tall buildings and become invincible. Unfortunately, too many adults are playing a different game of make-believe and everyone around them can see it.
They pretend to be someone they’re not. The pressure adults face to impress other people with our ideas, talents, successes, connections, and digital followers would rival that of your local junior high.
I wonder how much we could accomplish if we simply lived our lives and enjoyed the ride? Maybe it’s time for all of us to stop playing make-believe.