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Overqualified by Joey Comeau
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Jan 20, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: modern-lit, humour

When I was little I used to lie wide awake in the dark at night in bed wondering. How do I know I’m me? How do I know I’m not somebody else? Or if somebody else is me? And if somebody else is me, who is it? Was that me who pinched my brother’s comic book this afternoon? I’d do tests to try to work it out. I’d feel my leg to see if it felt like it was mine. Sometimes it did. But sometimes it didn’t. Once, after we watched ET, I even thought it felt like the leg of a weird space monster with tentacles coming out of it. I couldn’t really ever tell for sure.

I decided what I had to do.

I had to work out a way of doing something which would make me sure that I was me. When I grew up, I would write down everything that happened to me. I would put it in a book. It would be a special quirky little book, that was just about me and couldn’t possibly be mistaken for anybody else’s life. Nobody would be able to make me feel like I wasn’t me any more. Whenever I wasn’t sure if I was me or not, I could just read the book and then I’d be able to go back to sleep without worrying about who I was. It really worked!


Thanks Manny.

Thanks a lot for bringing all the old fears back. Thanks for making me not sure any more again.

Sincerely, Joey Comeau
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Manny Not, there is something wrong with Goodreads again. This like was meant to go to Joey Comeau, and somehow you've got it. I apologise for the confusion.

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Scott Sheaffer You just made me remember that I had those same thoughts. I didn't start keeping a log book though until I was in college.

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