When people tell me that I should be a stand-up comedian, do you know what I do?
Well, I don’t go do stand-up, that’s for damn sure! Instead, I keep being as funny as I possibly can, making sure the person who said it stands by his or her opinion. If I actually went on to do a stand-up show, there would be rules and requirements, and the audience would be totally different. Sure, I could really rock, but I’d probably be slaughtered by both crowd and judges. The same goes for talent shows and song contests. “Oh, my friends all told me I could sing!” Well, you can sing; you just can’t do it very well…
I realize that since the dawn of time, humans have worked hard for confirmation. Everyone wants to be good at something and everyone wants to succeed; but does that mean we have to constantly keep score and test ourselves?
I, for instance have a really good memory (or so I’m told). Given a little bit of time and a thread to grab, I can remember most days of my life, down to the tiniest detail. Do you know what happens when I tell people that? They test me and put me on the spot! And if I fail their tests, I’ll have proven to them that my memory is not that good. This is why I don’t tell people about it; I just keep remembering stuff instead, proving every day that I have a good memory. And that’s all I need, really, anything more would just amount to a stupid party trick.