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Who is this pregnant woman in the mirror?

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By Kelly Dolejsi

Do you ever imagine yourself as someone totally different, not necessarily a better or worse person but just someone who doesn’t always do exactly what you do?

What if I were a single man, one of those old, sloppy men who seem to live on the bus? Maybe I’d really like comic books and I’d be retired from a career in hot glue. Would I think of myself as sloppy? Would I have more sympathy for other, similarly sweat shirted men?

What if I were a rich person, man or woman, who didn’t know who rode the bus, who had never bid on a repo car, who had never even opened a can of tuna? Would I still dance? What would dancing as such a person be like?

These kinds of questions aren’t extremely useful to think about – knowing who you’re not doesn’t much narrow down who you are – but this doesn’t stop me. What if I were handy, the kind of person who intuitively understands faucets and towel racks? What if I were brought up by a single mother, a vegan psychiatrist who chased squirrels out of the yard with a push-broom?

What if I were the kind of person who only asked useful questions? Would I be more successful? Would “6 Monkeys” attract any of its current readership?


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