I Advise You To Be Yourself

BlutoDear Austin,

I read your earlier post about your fear of doctors.  It caught me by surprise because you’ve never seemed nervous or anxious when you’ve had an appointment with me.  Perhaps it’s because you usually spend most of your time on the Physical Therapy side of the office with my partner, Mr. Hyde.

I just wanted to tell you that I support you.  If you want to be anxious or keep your distance from a doctor’s office because of your fears related to your father’s cancer, then that’s what you should do.

Just always be yourself.  Don’t ever split from the true Austin.  You owe that much to yourself.  People might want you to act a certain way or prefer a side of your persona, but it’s up to you to show the world who the real Austin is.

Good luck at your appointment tomorrow!

Best wishes,

Dr. Jekyll

masked manDr. Jekyll,

Thank you so much for your kind email.  I’ve tried to say hi to you the last few times I was in to see Mr. Hyde, but you were out of the office on every occasion.  I was starting to think you were avoiding me.  It’s nice to know that’s not the case.

I know that sometimes I put on a mask and try to be the version of me the world seems to enjoy the most, but you are so right.  I just need to be me.

I will sleep easier tonight having read your supportive words.

You’d better be in the office the next time I’m in for my PT or I’m going to go back to thinking you don’t want to see me!  Thanks again!




About Austin

Native New Yorker who's fled to the quiet life in Maine. I write movies, root for the Yankees, and shovel lots of snow.
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2 Responses to I Advise You To Be Yourself

  1. Dr. Jekyll really doesn’t need to Hyde anymore.
    According to quantum physics, it is possible (and perfectly acceptable) to be in two places at one time. Rumor has it that bilocation is going to be the wave/vibration of the future.
    Quantum physics has discovered that one thing can become 2, while still being 1.
    You can split with your self, without ever leaving–and be true to yourself at the same time.
    “…….Two entangled photons can be far away from each other and still yield correlated results for measurements that naively would seem to violate some combination of reality and locality – the famous Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen effect. A more exotic scenario, and one that has recently been measured, is when a photon hits a beam splitter and turns into what are effectively two versions of itself in two different places, which display the same sort of correlations between its two manifestations……”
    Uh-Oh. Wait. I’ve heard this kind of stuff before. When I was 7 years old, a nun told me that God is three persons that act independently of each other–but they are really only one. She called it the “Mystery of the Trinity” and handed me a 3 leaf clover.
    So…hey….don’t worry about splitting away from the true Austin. There is a strong possibility that we can split apart 2 or 3 times, and still be true to ourselves. 🙂
    Now. Someone needs to help me. Night after night after night, I can’t sleep. I am starting to think that I am a zombie or a vampire….and I just don’t know it. I’m a little worried. Sigh.

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