Picture this…
Growing up, I was probably the biggest liar in the world. I lied, cheated and stole almost compulsively. I lied so much, in fact, that to this day, I’m really not sure what memories actually occurred and which were fantasy. For example, if I didn’t have a photo of myself standing on the field at Yankee Stadium hanging in my basement, I probably wouldn’t even know if I actually tried out for the New York Yankees. Many times my sisters talk about the past and I just can’t seem to remember those memories they speak of.

My lies became a totally separate reality for me. I wonder sometimes, Why did I lie so much? What happened in my childhood that led me to create a fantasy life for myself? I guess it all comes back to the “woe is me” syndrome. An attention-seeker runs on attention like cars run on gasoline. If I didn’t get my attention fix, I felt worthless. Because I felt like my life was not interesting enough to please my family, my friends, and anyone else I came in contact with, I made up what I thought was a better version of me. It would be easy for me to blame others, who never paid much attention to me, but ultimately I am the one who made the choice of creating another me.

I still can’t believe some of the stuff I did for attention or just to make myself feel more important.

Think about it…
Are you who you say you are or merely the fantasy creation of your own mind? Maybe you are the creation of someone else. I truly believe we are born with a purpose and that we should seek that purpose  in order for us to attain that "sweet spot" that makes life exciting and worth living!

Joe Pellegrino is an author, speaker and consultant for Not Just An Average Joe, LLC. Have thoughts of your own? Send them to joe@notjustanaveragejoe.com. ©2017 Not Just An Average Joe, LLC.