Pretend – Should we or shouldn’t we?


Why pretend you have a good hand if you don’t? Isn’t that just a bluff?

To pretend is to speak and act so as to make it appear that something is the case when in fact it is not.

How many of us pretend today to be what we are not?

If there is one thing I am learning in my old age it is that pretending to be something we are not will only come back and bite you in the you know where at the time you least expect it.

I would think that we would be wise to heed a quote by Kurt Vonnegut who said: “We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful what we pretend to be.”

So, today’s post says to me that pretending that which we are not is one of the worst mistakes one can make in their lives. After all, in pretending, are we merely masking what we truly want to be with the hope that people will like what we are attempting to be.

See what is happening here – what is that old saying: “Oh what a wicked web we weave when we practice to deceive.”

Best to be what you are with no pretenses because then there need be no lies. Of course, being the wild and crazy guy I am – such statements also remind me of yet another quote:

“The truth will set you free. But first it will piss you off.” – Gloria Steinem

In any case – why pretend – be yourself – my guess is that you will find that you have more fun doing so.


Until next time!


About iglengel

Welcome to my blog: I retired in September of 1996 after twenty-five years as an Underwriting Manager (and one year with a smaller insurance company) and have written blog postings on the website prior to setting up this Word Press free site. Having retired almost twenty years ago I have experienced my own retirement transition. I survived and you will too. Oddly enough, now that I have more time, I am discovering various things about myself that I would not have imagined myself doing in retirement. Why does it take so long for, we as individuals, to stop and think about ME!? Join me as I share with you some of the shenanigans we have been up to since retiring. Retirement is and can be a whole lot of fun. Welcome to my site – remember – retirement is not the destination we are seeking – it is the journey! I encourage you to visit often, provide comments, ask questions and add your own insights. We are all on this journey together.
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