More from the desk of Doctor B. D. Septive - the most self-helpiest of all self-help gurus
So, who are you? Are you that ape named Evelyn? You’re a lot closer to being her than you are to being any other animal on the planet. And I’m not so sure you can ride a bike any better than she can. Are you the elephant with the big, floppy ears? Or do people call you Dumbo for other, more obvious reasons? Are you the male lion with the long, flowing mane? If so, that means you are the King of Beasts and nobody wants to share a work cubby with a royal monster, especially one who will steal all the meat from the break room refrigerator.
But you are who you are and if you know who you are you will go a lot farther than if you don’t know. So, embrace your beastliness. If you like to burp loudly in public, go for it. If you want to dance in the courtroom, be my guest. If you want to drive a Hummer in the Earth Day parade that’s fine, just make sure your windshield washers are working because they’ll have to clean off all the yogurt people will throw at you.
But why are you here at the wildlife sanctuary? Were you forced to come by a friend or cellmate who takes delight in seeing wild animals up close? Or are you here because this is the only place you can legally engage in your voyeuristic tendencies? Oh, sure, you can people-watch at the park, the mall, or the school playground but, eventually, someone notices and you end up spending three hours explaining to the authorities why you keep pointing your long camera lens at anyone who is bending over.
Is that who you want to be? The joke of the neighborhood? The suspicious character? The pervert in the clown suit? Don’t tell me. Tell yourself. If you have a good, solid relationship with yourself, a relationship with ample give and take, then you’re ready to engage in this conversation with yourself. Remember, you can only find out who you are by asking the one person who knows and that’s you.