Reality is the state of things as they actually exist, rather than as they may appear or may be thought to be. In its widest definition, reality includes everything that is and has been, whether or not it is observable or comprehensible.
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I can see directly into the window of the apartment across the street. There is a blue canvas hanging on the white wall across from the bed. Burgundy curtains in the adjacent room are pulled slightly open relieving a splash of red on a canvas against the wall. The brunette that lives there just walked from one room to the next fully clothed.
I’m sitting on my bed at window level. My curtains are drawn, the lights are on, O’Joe (my Tonkinese cat) rests upon my arm, and Brad Womack is rambling on about love from the 15 year old tube television that rests atop an aged teal dresser once owned by my Grandmother. Reality.
Brad’s challenge is tougher than mine. All I have to do is think of something interesting or clever to write about and make sure I convey it in a way that keeps your interest for the time being. Hopefully I inspire you to visit my blog again, perhaps bookmark it, or share it. Brad Womack has to ask a woman that he has never known in realty to marry him, lest he come off as arrogant, bi-polar, gay, or whatever other perceived reality onlookers will derive from his estranged behavior.
An interesting trick of reality TV editing, if you watch attentively, is that before and after every segment a good deal of time is spent going back over what you just witnessed and teasing you with an exciting revelation you are about to watch next. “What you just saw was so incredibly engaging and it means that you are privy to information that will now change everything you ever thought you knew” and then, “Next up you will witness the most incredible, surprising exciting stuff, as seen in this teaser clip, but in slightly longer clips that will reveal only slightly more information. Stay tuned!” This is a trick also used on entertainment news shows like TMZ and Entertainment Tonight. Have you ever noticed it?
This method of stringing us along is something we do to ourselves all day anyway. It’s the human condition, really, and the kind of thinking that prevents us from living in the moment. I spend a good portion of my day reflecting upon events from the past. “That audition I had today went pretty well. I wonder if I looked scared instead of excited. I should have made sure not to do my scared face. I look kinda constipated when I do that face. Oh no! I hope I didn’t look constipated. Maybe that’s why the casting director was short with me. There were so many things I would have done better if I would have known then what I know now.” Although my mind tends to project into the future even more often. “I wonder if I will book that job. That would be so great. I could pay off my Mac and get a camera. That would be cool. I could make a web series with a camera. If I had a successful web series I bet I would get more auditions. Auditions….I have an audition tomorrow. I should work out. What can I eat. How much did I eat today? I’ll do better tomorrow. Tomorrow I’ll do everything the way I’m supposed to.”
The girl across the street just closed her curtains. Lights flicker in the Hollywood Hills and the reflection of the TV appears hovering in the window. Brad just chose a wife (although he already did months ago) and Chantal is riding off in a limo with makeup streaming down her face not yet able to grasp what just happened to her. I am eating leftovers from my Groupon dinner.
Getting back to the moment. Again and again and again. Straying away and getting back to the moment. Reality. Typing words on a computer is what grounds me in reality these days. I hope that taking a moment out of your busy day to connect to my words does the same for you.
Finally, at the after the final rose ceremony show where Emily and Brad are reunited it was revealed that Emily has been struggling quite a bit with their relationship since the airing of The Bachelor and her experience watching her “fairytale” romance unfold on the show. When questioned about it she replied, “I guess I’m just trying to decipher between reality TV and MY reality.”
May you be present with a light heart 🙂
PS. My friend suggested I do a V-Log and here is the silliness that ensued: