In the Long Run, I'll Be the One you Remember
I was in the middle of coding1 a web page when my wife emailed me these questions: Ever wonder what it would be like to have the face, the brains, the personality and the body? What it would be like to have everyone stop when you walk in a room? What it would be like to be able to get anything or anyone you want? I stopped for a moment and thought about it because my wife wouldn't email me this unless something had provoked2 her to do so. I emailed her back with what I thought was a pretty good an- swer. Here is, in essence, what I wrote her back.
Yes, I had thought many times about what it would be like to be one of the beautiful people. To be able to take your breath away when I walked into a room, or to be the life of the party and have everyone fawning3 over me as I wore only the finest body. But then I always came back to the realization that a lifestyle like that is so fragile4. As you get older, your body changes; as you get older, the money changes. Your body never looks the same, the clothes become more and more expensive to maintain. And once you have crossed the line, suddenly you are out. The next fresh face comes in, and you are quickly forgotten.
All through growing up I was never an attractive person. I was over weight and picked on. But that didn't stop me from being a nice person. A good, clean, funny and helpful person. I was the person who you came to when you needed a friend after a breakup. I was the one you came to when you needed a joke to brighten up your day. And in the long run, I will be the one you remember, not the new face, or the fresh style.
In closing, I would like to say that we, as people, have devolved5 into looking for things that are bigger and better instead of what will last. I don't know about you, but I will remember the friend who helped me when I was down, more than the hot chick I just saw walking down the street.