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What do your friends think about you?

January 21, 2010

Apparently there is a new George Clooney movie in the theaters which has inspired a total of four separate friends, unrelated in every way except for their recent  text messages, which were identical, “OMG you have to see Up in the Air, its YOU”.

Not everyday Hollywood makes a movie about your life and fittingly casts Clooney as the lead so I was curious.  From the commercials I gather its about a guy who travels for work, which I do…. but so does every Herb selling insurance.

So I asked, “Why do you think its about me”?  This is her response, unedited (I am guessing its a direct movie quote, but also how she and others view me).

“How much does your life weigh? Imagine for a second that you’re carrying a backpack. I want you to pack it with all the stuff that you have in your life… you start with the little things. The shelves, the drawers, the knickknacks, then you start adding larger stuff. Clothes, tabletop appliances, lamps, your TV… the backpack should be getting pretty heavy now. You go bigger. Your couch, your car, your home… I want you to stuff it all into that backpack. Now I want you to fill it with people. Start with casual acquaintances, friends of friends, folks around the office… and then you move into the people you trust with your most intimate secrets. Your brothers, your sisters, your children, your parents and finally your husband, your wife, your boyfriend, your girlfriend. You get them into that backpack, feel the weight of that bag. Make no mistake your relationships are the heaviest components in your life. All those negotiations and arguments and secrets, the compromises. The slower we move the faster we die. Make no mistake, moving is living. Some animals were meant to carry each other to live symbiotically over a lifetime. Star crossed lovers, monogamous swans. We are not swans. We are sharks.”

A SHARK?!?  You guys see me as a shark? 

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