I was sitting on the airplane from London to Chicago and I’d already watched 2 movies, so I looked at a documentary. It was about our brains and our beliefs. A scientist was saying, “We are programmed to be optimistic.” And she showed a brain scan being made of a man who smoked as he was being asked questions such as, “What is the percentage that smoking will cause you to die of cancer?”
He answered, “10%.” As he answered the frontal lobe of his brain lit up like a fire work. The man was then taken out of the scanning machine and the doctor told him some facts about the questions he had been asked. For example, that smoking causes a high percentage of deaths by cancer. The man was then popped back in the scanner. And when he was asked again, “What is the percentage that smoking will cause you to die of cancer?” and he answered a little higher but not much, “13%.” And his frontal lobe still lit up.
The scientist determined that we are programmed to be optimistic about what we are doing—even if we KNOW what we are doing is likely to kill us. Then another scientist came on and talked about illusion. I’ve read about this before—that life is an illusion and we are most likely living a dream. Turns out there’s a 1 in 10 chance that we are living an illusion.
Today my friend, given that this could all be an illusion and even that we don’t seem to listen to or take notice of statistics—why not make this life the best and greatest illusion?
If we’re making it all up anyway—why not just for today pull aside the veil and be who we want to be? Let’s have all the self-confidence, joy and happiness that we want to have. I mean it my friend—why not just make the illusion a different one? I don’t mean dancing in the street naked or robbing a bank, I’m talking about what if you had just the right amount of fun in your day?
What if you wanted to be a teller of jokes and you became a jokester? What if you wanted to be a great dresser so you pulled out your best outfit? And if you can’t afford one, or don’t have one—go to Good Will and pick one out for cheap. Today my friend, it’s your day to make your illusion disappear and let the real you out to play….because it could all be an illusion and who cares if it is or not….let’s let ourselves be the best!