So I was in this dream, right? And in this dream I was at a party. And in the dream my presence at this party meant that, at long last, I had arrived. I had passed the audition, I had Made It, I was in with the In Crowd, baby! And there were a lot of other people at this party, and they had also finally arrived. And we were all fabulously but tastefully well-dressed, and we were having the most interesting conversations, and everyone was having such a delightful time…
But then I noticed something.
Everyone kept glancing at my shoes.
It wasn’t just me – everyone was glancing at everyone else’s shoes – and I was suddenly very conscious of the fact that I may or may not have had my shoelaces tied in the correct, appropriate, and proper manner.
You see, I realized even in the midst of all the merriment, everyone was trying to figure out the pecking order. And since we were all fabulously but tastefully well-dressed, since we had all Made It, since we had all, you know, arrived – as evidenced by our very presence at this party – no one knew who had what kind of status. So they were looking to see if anyone had the wrong kind of shoelaces – or stockings – or shoes – or whatever. Anything to give them a reason to place themselves above the others – or at least one of the others. And since they were all so occupied with this endeavor, in fact no one was having a good time at all.
I awoke – and never have I felt such relief.