Not a Costume

“If human beings had genuine courage, they’d wear their costumes every day of the year, not just Halloween.”  Douglas Coupland

My teenager made a comment a few weeks ago: Dai, you’re not going to dress up as a pirate for Halloween because you ARE a pirate.

Can’t argue with the truth. 

I have built a reputation for pushing the limits of what is acceptable and also the performance envelope, because of that pirate mindset.  I value freedom and the equal treatment of all crew members and building an organization that won’t mutiny not out of fear but because of belief in the mission and love of adventure.  I am a pirate, 200 years too late.

This year instead of just putting on a Star Wars costume that you bought, become the character that you are clothed as.  Think like a Skywalker, live like a Solo.  Embody the essence of them, adopt aspects of their attitude and personality and mindset to apply in everyday life.  WWVD?

Don’t just dress as Katniss Everdeen, BECOME Katniss.

Channel the cowboy way instead of being all hat no cattle.

As Franken Furter sang: don’t dream it, be it.

It is said alcohol and money and power are enhancers, that they merely amplify what you already are and put it on display.  Let Halloween be like the winning lottery ticket in that it is the first step in becoming a bigger version of yourself.  Take advantage of the socially acceptable chance to push boundaries and reveal a different aspect of who you are.

Stop wearing the costume of your organization.  Put on your own airs and wear your beliefs for all to see.