Last week, I received an email with a notification that I had a new follower on Twitter. The name of the new follower was John Legend. I blinked when I saw the name. I checked and it was his face on the profile. I immediately clicked on the FOLLOW button to follow him, too. I grabbed my cell phone and texted my fellow blogger/writer/sister-girlfriend to tell her the news. Then I jumped up from my desk and did the happy dance around my home office. Soon her reply came back, “You go, girl” and I was so thrilllllllllleeeeeeeeedddddddddd!
Then my rational mind kicked in. My first thought was “Why is John Legend following me?” My second thought was “What did I write that would interest him?” So, I clicked on the link which took me to the twitter page of this John Legend and the first thing I noticed was that he only had about 6,700 followers. (What the hell?) Then I looked at his @twitterid which was a series of numbers and alphabets. Even though he had pictures of John Legend on his profile I realized that my new follower was a fake, a bogus, and a sham. I immediately clicked on the UNFOLLOW button.
With a bad taste in my mouth, I texted my fellow blogger/writer/sister-girlfriend to update her on the imitation John Legend. She sympathized with me and told me to try to hold on to my “thrill” as long as I could. I tried but the whole experience made me think about those people who go through life pretending to be something or someone else which sometimes wreak havoc on the lives of others.
A few days after my personal incident, I read the news about Rachel Dolezal. The entire news story was really mind-boggling to me.
Why would anyone want to assume an identity that is not their own? What type of compulsion would motivate one to attempt it? How long can one wear such a mask?
The one thing we all know is life is short. The older you get the shorter it seems. You reach a point where it is time out for “bullshiggity” in your personal realm. You embrace who you are and what you are about in life. Hopefully, we all make it to that point and can be an encouraging example to others to do the same.
The best thing you can do for you, your loved ones, and the society you live in is to just be for real and avoid those who are not.
How do you feel about phony people?