“I have to go. I’m conducting a seminar on multiple personality disorders, and it takes me forever to fill out the nametags.” Niles Crane aka David Hyde Pierce
Joaquin Phoenix was heard to say: “My significant other right now is myself, which is what happens when you suffer from multiple personality disorder and self obsession.”
The other evening we were with friends and got into a discussion regarding Sybil. Shirley Adell Mason aka Sybil Dorsett a pseudonym given to her by Flora Rheta Schreiber, the author of the book Sybil published in 1973 was diagnosed with what was then called multiple personality disorder now dissociative identity disorder. Her psychoanalyst, Cornelia Wilbur, originally began treating her for social anxiety and memory loss. After extended therapy involving Mobarbital and hypnosis treatment Sybil manifest sixteen personalities.
For heaven sakes and no disrespect intended, on any given day, who among us doesn’t run through, at the very least, four or five personalities? Give me a situation and I’ll give you a personality….trust me I have a lot of them. The only people who might not have multiple personalities are those with no personality what-so-ever. That’s a whole other topic.
Living in Mexico and immersing ourselves in this amazingly interesting, engaging, profound and, at the same time, humorous culture has allowed me to let fly with more personalities than I ever imagined existed within my cluttered mind.
To that end, David and I set out upon a mini-adventure not too long ago looking for a tiny village we had come upon during one of our trips back to Ajijic from Guadalajara. He wanted to photograph this lovely village from the hills above to capture it quaintness, personality, beauty, etc.
Thank goodness for returnoes – Mexican highway turn-arounds – for those of us who miss our exits, miss our turns or in this case miss the entire village we were looking for – these come in oh-so-handy. Well, to be quite honest I believe we turned around and drove past it approximately three, maybe four times. Once we even made it INTO the village. However, that didn’t help since David wanted to be looking down upon the village.
Being the intrepid adventurers we are – read we are going to find the spot we’ve ridden past who knows how often if it kills us – we soldiered forward to returneo yet again. For me, at least, it was a side splittingly funny and laugh provoking experience….there it is…there it goes…there it is…there it goes…again! This adventure spawned my laugh so hard I can’t even catch my breath personality. That would be the one that David responds to by staring, unblinkingly at me as if I’d materialized from…..you guessed it….one of the universes in Douglas Adams’ Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. I belong in any universe – outside of ours – on many occasions. Just ask David, I have no problem agreeing with the thought – it is no coincidence that in no known language does the phrase “as pretty as an airport” appear. It makes perfect sense to me!
Any who, what happened on that photographic adventure combined with our conversation with friends just recently got me to thinking. Oh come on, I do that once in a while…think that is…I’m sure I do.
Wouldn’t it be great to be able to get a “do over” or drive through, a returneo in real time? I know of many experiences in my life I’d like to forget or, if given the opportunity, use a returneo and do over. If no “do over” is available to us at the time, that’s when you trod out the new and improved you….no do over….just create a personality that matches your temperament of that day or, for that matter, that moment. What a hoot!
The adventure begins when we exit the womb and continues, for most of us, at break neck speed until…well who knows when.
There are many expats here in middle Mexico. They come from many places…even off planet if I were to venture a guess. While “do overs” may not be available to us at this time….it is the perfect atmosphere in which to engage in calling forth our various personalities. Oh come on, we’ve done it all of our lives, it’s just easier to take it to an extreme when one is in a new and exciting environment.
No one bats an eye when something unusual happens here. A burro sticking his head through a restaurant window singing in a tone only a burro can carry will simply elicit a “oh isn’t he adorable” comment. Rockets going off at odd hours will elicit a “quick, grab the camera, there most be a parade coming”…and there usually is. No lights lit on the stop and go light on the corner will simply elicit “well, there’s no red so it must be green” comment. Someone says “I’ve got to get to the airport in Guad as I need to return toTexas to get my jeans starched”! What? Doesn’t everyone starch their jeans??! (Don’t ask me, I believe this is a common phenomenon in Texas.)
And there dear folk is the clue to successfully living in this artistic, charming, crazy and a plethora of other descriptions village on the largest lake in Mexico. Not only can we invite whatever personality we are entertaining at the moment to the party…we can step back and actually enjoy the chaos because…give it a moment….it will change!
Viva life! Viva being all that we can be no matter who we happen to be at the time we are being all that we can be! Viva Mexico!
Below are David’s photographs of the charming village of Ixtlahuacan Los Quince. Following those photographs are pictures of our last Meet and Greet. Remember, if you are visiting the Lake Chapala area and want to get to meet some of the “interesting” local gringos, just let me know by emailing me at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Opps, Ed, I'm Sure the Next One Will Be Better!
I Guess We'll Try for Next Time Ed!
Another Day Draws to a Close in Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico