I was leaving a comment on a friend's blog yesterday, when I paused for a moment to look at the phrase, 'Choose an identity' under the comment box. I could use my blog pseudonym, OpenID, a name/url or be annonymous. Choose an identity. Decide who it is that I wish to portray myself as to the world at large. It made me smile and wonder about all the identities I would choose, if given the opportunity to do so.
I would choose to be so many people.
A secret spy with no identity at all; 00Charlie's Angels
A right hand to Martin Luther King Jr., marching alongside him
An adventuring archaeologist (ala Lara Croft)
A nameless member of the Peace Corps serving 3rd world countries
An ingenious inventor in a secret lab, creating brilliant wonders that would change the future of the world for the better (ala Tesla, Einstein, Franklin, Edison, DaVinci)
An elementary school teacher
A professional dancer (ballet/ballroom)
A student of DaVinci; while he was living
A race car driver
An Air Force fighter pilot
A painter who lives by the sea and sells my art on the docks, and/or in Paris, in Montmartre, selling paintings on the sidewalk
A photojournalist who travels the world and creates images of humanity and culture, printed in Natl Geo, Life and Time, whose photos give the world a reason to change the way we all live
A novelist who has the luxury of writing for a living; while living all over the world
...oh the list could go on for a while.
Who would you be, if you could choose an identity?