“All the world’s a stage” – William Shakespear (image credits:

Life is mostly about acting isn’t it? It’s about playing roles in various scenarios. You aren’t really one thing. Sometimes you are the professional, sometimes you are the slacker, sometimes you are a “good boy” following all the rules and sometimes you are the one who breaks all of it.

To act, I think, is to adapt to the situation. With acting you can temporarily break away from who you think you are and transform yourself into whatever that needs to exist at that time to give the most appropriate result.

When I work I put on a persona of professionalism and friendliness, although deep down inside I could be feeling emotionally overwhelmed or hostile. What I notice though, is that whenever I “act” in this manner, I actually become that character after a little while, and my whole being actually believes that I am that.

So it leads me to think that the characters we play in our daily lives are mere facets of who we really are. And I think who we really are has no real form, much like water.

Don’t get set into one form, adapt it and build your own, and let it grow, be like water. Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless — like water. Now you put water in a cup, it becomes the cup; You put water into a bottle it becomes the bottle; You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.”

–  Bruce Lee

Love your facets. Yes, they may throw you into the abyss of identity or existential crisis, but they help you function in a world which is run by facets of others.

After all, it’s just acting. It’s not real anyway.


~ by Prageeth Thoradeniya on March 1, 2014.

One Response to “Acting”

  1. Love your thoughts on “acting.”

    Shakespeare said, “Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player, that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more; it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”

    The Zen master would ask, “who are you without the roles you play?”

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