We all have a little bit of Flava Flav ostentatiousness lurking somewhere within in us. William Shakespeare wrote “All the world is a stage, and all the men and women players.” I believe he intended to draw upon the notion that we all play out roles within the systems and circles in which we congregate. Often we adopt roles for ourselves, while in other instances the roles we play are given to us by others, seemingly elected by the group to fill a role. Without a doubt, these roles can be quite difficult to escape and often times we are unaware we are playing certain roles out day-to-day. Heck, we didn’t even choose our own names at birth. Our names were given to us along with the meaning attached to the name. Our names follow us throughout life and move us toward the future on a path already chosen for us in some instances well before conception. There are some cultures that circumvent the impingement of name giving by naming children by the day of the week they were born. The child is given the opportunity to choose their own name when they are older. It is no wonder Halloween is such a treasured day within our culture.
Halloween affords us the opportunity to choose the role we play on the stage of life; whether you want to express the Flava Flav within you and his high regard for always knowing what time it is. Or the ubiquitous role of the sexy nurse, librarian, school teacher, etc… as you can imagine the list of sexy something is seemingly infinite. The point is, on Halloween we get to transcend the bondage of obligatory roles at work, home and even at play; the best part is, all of our Halloween role playing is positively reinforced with candy from door to door, pure genius.
Written By: Jason LaHood, Psy.D.