This week, I picked the topic: What part of your personality is now extinct?
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I based this week's topic off of an episode of "How I Met Your Mother," where they go to a museum for a party. At one point, Lily is talking to an exhibit that features the college version of Marshall, complete with his college personality. It was showing that this personality was now extinct, since he was married and working in the corporate world. It got me thinking about aspects of our personalities that are now extinct. There was another episode where they talked about a concept called "revertigo," where people turn into a different version of themselves to adapt to the friends that bring out that personality.
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If I were to go to a museum of past personalities, I would definitely find a display for “Magenta.” It would be a combination of my “Rocky Horror” personality and my college personality. I’d be wearing a t-shirt and jeans, along with a flannel shirt and a pair of Chuckies (Chuck Taylor high tops) or imitation Birkenstocks , depending on the season. My hair would be long and my wild curls would be flowing. I’d probably have a hemp necklace on too. All my “Rocky Horror” videos (I only had a VCR back then), CDs, pictures, posters, etc. would be in a replica of my college dorm room. (I’d choose the single room in Watterson that I inhabited for two years.)
I definitely am different than I was in those days. While I do miss college and look back on it with fond memories, as soon as I graduated, I felt like I could never fit into that world again. I had gone back for visits and I just felt so out of place. The longer I had been away from school, the stranger it felt to come back for visits, regardless of some of my friends still being there and trying to keep things the way they were during our college days. I tried going to some “Rocky Horror” shows in my mid-20’s, but even that felt wrong to me. I would be so tired at a show that I would fall asleep halfway through. Even when I was asked to reprise my role of Magenta, it just felt foreign to me. The people at the show were so different and I only knew a few people who had stuck around over time. I just felt like all the new people there were posers. (I wonder if people felt that way about me when I first was going to shows a lot.) I eventually stopped going altogether. While I still like some things about “Rocky Horror,” most of it is just a bunch of fond memories, as well.
Now that I’ve been out of college for about 13 years and away from the “Rocky Horror” scene for about 10, I am a completely different person. I’m sure I shocked a few people from my past when I told them how I’m Modern Orthodox Jewish and married with three kids. That definitely was a far stretch from who I was back in those days. I don't really experience "revertigo" either. I had in the past, but I definitely am more true to my current personality while talking to friends who knew me during my college and "Rocky Horror" days. Sure, I'll bring up certain inside jokes with them, but I'm definitely more reserved in person than I used to be. I still continue to love some things I loved during my college days though... “Friends,” “Rent” and 90’s music. I also love “Animaniacs” and am glad I can share my love for them with my kids. However, “South Park” and V.C. Andrews novels can go into my museum display.