Who Wants To Be Me?

Eddie Murphey as me.
Eddie Murphy as me.

Daily Prompt: Freaky Friday

If you could be someone else for a day, who would you be, and why? If that seems too easy, try this one: who would you like to have spend a day as you and what do you hope they’d learn from the experience?

Some things are too stupid to consider. Okay, what that really means is that I haven’t a clue about where to start. (That’s stalling tactic.)

There is an old Eddy Murphy Saturday Night Live skit where he becomes white and moves around freely in the white world. It deals with many of the misconceptions of what blacks think it’s like to be white.

I’d let any black man be me for a day, but at the end of the day I want me back. (Not really. I’m still stalling. It made me sound virtuous, accepting, and tolerant. Where’s my National Public Radio coffee cup and tote bag?)

We all toy with the idea of putting ourselves in another person’s shoes. (Not really, just trying to get us all to join hands.). It is an exercise that allows us to develop empathy. It is a quality that should be taught as soon as possible by parents. It is a quality that will lead to many friendships and fulfilling life. (I’m trying to figure a way out of this.)

(Carp! Be honest.) Not for one minute do I want somebody to be me. It’s taken me a lifetime to earn who I am or am not. I’m not turning that over to anybody. (“Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.” John 8:32)

(Let’s get real) I take my humor serious. This ‘prompt’ lends itself to humor. Yet humor in its absolute funniest form is truth; more precisely honest and obvious truth. When hearing a joke, comedy routine, or reading humor I look for the honesty and how it is packaged that makes it come to life as humor.

Thus the Murphy SNL routine is based on a true misconception that blacks have about whites. Hyperbole is based on truth. (I’m still clueless about who I want to be me.)

I’ve given this ‘prompt’ about forty minutes. I’ve failed to deliver. So does anybody reading this want to be me? (Crickets) Just as I thought, no takers.

So I guess I was right to begin with, it’s stupid.

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13 comments

  1. Reminds me of this:
    Before you judge a man, walk a mile in his shoes. After that, who cares? …He’s a mile away and you’ve got his shoes.

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