It’s been a while since I’ve updated here. I’ve had a lot of other things on my plate over in the other side of my life which you can find out more about on my other blog.
But, I do have a few things in the works that I’ll tell you more about over the coming weeks.
In the mean time. Here is a little musing about the concept of identity.
Have you ever met someone who turned out to be someone else? I recently found out that someone who I’d been corresponding with as an author was actually using a pen name. Nothing unusual about that… apart from the fact that he turned out to be someone I knew personally and I had no idea!
It got me thinking about what happens to the imagined persona after the reveal.
Even when you’ve never seen someone’s face, you build a picture of that person in your mind, an idea of what they might look like or sound like. The longer you correspond and the deeper the relationship you form with that person, the more ingrained that mental image becomes. But you’re never right. It’s impossible to be right. And when you find out the person’s real identity and appearance, the one in your head becomes obsolete.
How can an entire identity become obsolete?
What happens to the person in your head?
You can still remember the way you used to think of them, but the division is absolute; the person in your head is not the same, ergo they must be different people. The world shifts and that person you knew ceases to exist, replaced by the new person.
In the case I mentioned above, someone I thought was a stranger who I’d met through professional channels was suddenly absorbed into someone I already knew. An entire person just vanished from the world!
Have you ever experienced this phenomenon? Share your stories in a comment.