Remember when you were young how you enjoyed playing this game where you um, pretend? Either pretending to be someone or pretending to do something?
I had my fair share of fun pretending to cook sand in plastic cups, pretending that I was performing at the concert, pretending I was a bakery owner selling pastries made out of PlayDoh, pretending I was a deejay, pretending I had a unicorn and the list goes on. And who can forget that good old imaginary friend as well….?
Playing pretend does not get out of trend. Well, why do you think the global film industry is such a huge success? In fact, I think playing pretend is getting more serious. Thousands and thousands try their luck to make it as a professional pretender i.e. actor. Film producers spend serious money to make their “pretence” seem as less pretentious as possible. While we continue to have a good time watching them play pretend!
Anyway, I digressed. What I am trying to say is, we love playing pretend. From the day we were born and possibly for as long as we live.
So back to my story. The other day I bought a group-buy coffee deal from the local Grabone Ltd. – $5 for 5 coffees to go. On my first visit, I was issued a card and on which the barista would punch a hole in for each cup of coffee claimed. When I ordered my cup of cappuccino over the counter, he asked for my name to secure my order.
Instead of telling him “Tien”, I felt like pretending to be Tina that day. The barista of course, took it down without further doubt. Then I get to answer to “Tina” when my order was up. A little silly, but it felt fun to have “fooled” everyone there that morning that I was Tina and only I knew otherwise. I guess I have forgotten how much fun it was to play pretend 🙂
A couple of days later, I went back for my second cup of coffee, I randomly pretended to be Sharon! Amazing how this silly little game I was playing by myself lifted my mood for the entire day. It also helped that the barista have forgotten to punch my card so now I get to have one extra coffee for free 😉
I have 4 more coffees to go and I am already making a list of personalities I want to pretend to be. Maybe pretend to be one random celebrity per day? One author per day? One politician per day? So many possibilities!
So, the next time you head on for a cup of coffee at your local Starbucks or the like, try playing pretend for a bit and see how you miss it 🙂