When I was younger, we lived near an amusement park called Adventureland.
I loved going to Adventureland . . . going on rides, playing games, eating cotton candy. But one of my favorite things was the fun house.
There was something fascinating about standing in front of each of those mirrors.
One made me look about 3 feet tall and 3 feet wide.
One made me look like I had a shrunken head and a ginormous body. (My husband recently told me that ginormous is not actually a word. I said, "How can it not be a word . . . I've been saying it forever?" He claimed that just because I say it doesn't make it an actual word. I'm pretty sure he's wrong about that.)
One made me look about seven feet tall and as thin as a pencil.
And there was one that made me look like me, but just a bit better version of me . . . you know a few inches taller and a few inches thinner. The me I secretly (well, not so secretly now) wished that I was. I stood in the front of that particular mirror much longer than the others. I loved that fun house mirror!
Today I'm confessing that I feel like my blog is a little like that last mirror.
I'm just a bit sweeter, wittier, more creative on my blog than I am in real life. My blog makes me "look" like me . . . just a bit better version of me.
Every time someone writes me an e-mail saying something like . . .
"You are so sweet."
"What an amazing idea! You are so creative!"
"You always seem to make me laugh."
. . . I think, "Yep, the fun house mirror at work again," and I feel a bit guilty that some of you actually believe I'm that better version of me you "see" on this blog.
But I think the real confession is that I kind of like the me I am on this blog, and I kind of enjoy being a bit sweeter, wittier, and more creative than the me I am in real life. So maybe . . . just maybe . . . this blog has actually inspired me to be that person in real life.
How about you? What has your blog inspired you to do or be in real life?