Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Revealing my true self

There are moments in your life when you can stand apart from yourself, and see yourself as you truly are.

These moments can be disconcerting, but they also can be moments of clarity and comfort, if we choose to accept them and learn from them.

Today, I had one of these moments.

We are preparing for a major news release around some work we've been doing, and there have been a tremendous number of tasks to complete: figures to research, FAQ's the write, "sound bites" to rehearse, choices about who goes in front of the camera and who does the print interviews. Today, I ghost-wrote an OpEd for my boss, coached another one of the docs, revamped the budgets and trashed and re-configured the basic design on one of our marketing pieces.

The doc I was coaching on sound bites started to laugh, "Next, you'll be doing my surgery for me!"

"Nope," I said, "I'm strictly behind the scenes. I handle the words and the numbers. You do the rock star thing."

Then it occurred to me: I'm Velma Dinkley.

You remember Velma -- from Scooby Doo? The brainy, somewhat overweight one who talked too much? The one who solved the mystery, but that bastid Fred always took credit? (What was up with that retarded ascot, BTW?) Yep, that's me. I'm the Velmster.

10 years ago, this revelation would have sent me running for a Vicodin and Vodka cocktail.

Now? I guess I'm OK with it. I rather like it, in fact. Velma had her place in the world. She even got to be a hottie in the live-action Scooby Doo movie.

Ok, OK, I'd still rather look like Sarah Michelle Gellar. But who wouldn't?

But for now, I guess I'm OK being Velma.


Mkae said...

Hate to tell you babe, but you were kinda Velma in college. Terry was pretty obviously Shaggy, so I guess that makes me Scooby. :)

bhd said...

You're my Wonder Woman.

winter said...

I'm all about Sarah Michelle Gellar, but Linda Cardellini is in fact WAY hotter. Plus the braininess is good. I mean, Daphne never did a damn thing to solve a crime: she was just eye candy. (And I don't get the ascot either. What is this, The Oscar Wilde Mysteries?")


ptooey said...

Heh. You said "ascot."

The thing I never got about Velma was that when she lost her glasses she couldn't see ANYTHING. Why?

rebecca said...

that velma looks like the cute head nurse on ER.

anyway you're so much more than velma.

never liked scooby do. but, i loved josie and the pussycats. which one are you from that cartoon?