Posted 8/2/2019 11:05 AM (GMT -7)
No jokes this time, except that maybe (well, no maybe about it) the joke of something that happened recently was on me.
But it was sort of funny (maybe to someone else, less so to me at the time) and, look out, you might even find yourselves in a similar situation someday.
Earlier this week I was at my city's utilities office downtown to pay the electric and water bill. (Usually, I just mail it in, but since I was running errands that day, I decided to just drop by to pay it in person).
So there I was, standing second in a line of maybe 7 or 8 persons, with other lines of customers on either side of me, as we all in turn, one by one, moved up to the cashiers, who were seated behind a glass wall. But in addition to the glass wall between customers and cashiers, there was also another glass wall on the other side of the cashiers, maybe 9 or 10 feet behind them.
The optics of the place were a bit curious. That is, while we the customers could not see reflections in the glass immediately in front of us, we could see them in the other glass wall behind the cashiers.
So there I was, standing in line, still waiting my turn. To pass the time, I started casually observing the reflections of us customers on the second glass wall behind the cashiers, just for something to do. Moving from reflection to reflection, I suddenly stopped my gaze at one point and kept it on the reflection of an old fellow in line, thinking to myself, "Well, there's an old guy for sure, whitish hair, wrinkles, I wonder how old he is!"
Then it hit me -- wait for it, wait for it -- I suddenly realized I was looking at my own reflection!
Well, well, surprise, surprise! Needless to say I definitely felt some chagrin in making this awkward discovery, reminding myself in the process that "mirrors always tell the truth!" "Do I really look that old?" I thought to myself.
We all have an internal perception of how old we think we look to others, but sometimes we need to be realistic, as to how accurate that internal perception is. Of course I am aware that I look older, but sometimes it's useful to be presented with an honest assessment of reality.
Mirrors, and reflections, will do that for you.
But, honestly, it really was good for a laugh the more I think about it, and the next time I see that old guy in a mirror/reflection, maybe I'll see him smiling back at me.