Hiding who we really are
In one myth, Apollo once swore to his half-mortal son that he would do anything he wanted because he loved him. So his son said that he wanted to see Apollo as he truly was.
Apollo, the sun god, knew that no mortal – even a half-deity – could look directly at him and survive. But he promised his son.
Promises are serious business. Perhaps moreso between fathers and sons.
So Apollo put on his darkest attire and his smallest rays and let his son see him as he truly was.
The son didn’t survive.
Suppose that Apollo hoped that the son would survive for the obvious reason but also because, hiding who you truly are is lonely.
There are parts of me that I only allude to or don’t mention at all. Not to you, not to anyone. There are things about me that friends I’ve known for over 20 years don’t know about me.
I’m not trying to hide anything per se. I just like to keep some parts of my private life private, whenever possible. Because I don’t think one group is ready to see me the way another group sees me.
Him: I didn’t know that about you.
Me: (shrugging) I know. It’s just part of who I am.
I don’t fit neatly into many boxes.
Suppose it’s related to my quest to satisfy the three things that Cellini said made a well-rounded man: Art, violence, and philosophy.
After all, we all have our three lives: Public, private, and secret.
It’s odd, in some ways, you are my reeds; things I tell my secrets to, but only in passing. It’d be nice to have someone that I could show all the parts of me to but it’s never happened. It’s come close, but never actually happened.
Doubt if it ever will – or if we’re even designed for such a thing.
CPK: It’s funny, we’ve known each other for years, but this is the first time we’ve ever spoken.
Me: I prefer it that way. Everyone has their sad stories, although some are sadder than others.
Still, every once in a while, I let people see some other facet of me, like when I told you about the GDPR lecture I gave last year, which I suppose goes into the philosophy section.
Or like in this video below, which is solidly in the violence category. I don’t think I’ve ever shown you this side of me:
On an un/related note, my coach Chad – the fella in the video with me – and I both legally changed our names the other day. Which is odd because we’re both on this video above with our old names.
He’s now Chad Andrew Vaźquez and I’m…well, I’m sure you’ll figure it out someday but you can just keep calling me Logan Lo here and in the videos moving forward.
After all, change takes time. I’ll tell you in time.
Speaking of time, 18 years ago I thought I saw the most horrific thing I’d ever see.
I was wrong.
Life has an endless supply of horrors, which itself, is horrifying.
Location: under a highway, trying to get away from a woman
Music: been waiting for you for the whole week