I enrolled in an acting class in college. After a couple of classes my instructor advised me to drop out. Mr. Oberstein said and I quote "You enjoy being yourself too much. A good actress is unrecognizable. The audience should never know who she really is or how she feels." Needless to say it was a long semester.
If Mr. Oberstein could see me now he would think I was a pretty good actress after all. A big part of being a widow is pretending to be something you are not.
- We act like we are happy when we feel nothing but pain and sadness.
- We pretend that being ignored by family and friends is acceptable.
- We appear to be confident and self assured even when afraid and vulnerable.
- We come across as "over it" because others want us to feel that way.
- We acknowledge that life goes on but silently wonder where we now belong.
- We smile when our hearts are breaking and no one has a clue.
Mr. Oberstein, I finally learned everything you wanted me to. I just learned it the hard way.
How good of an actress are you?