There were probably fifteen of us in the movie theater waiting for Looper to start when this pre-trailers commercial came on:
Immediately, I got self-conscious. I felt like everyone was looking at me. “Hey, that guy sitting there has one arm, too! He must love this commercial! I wonder if they’re friends?!” they were most likely thinking. Then, just like that, thirty seconds went by and it was over. Onto the next commercial. Mr. Derelian was a flash and then gone (though you can also see him in Forrest Gump). And I can guarantee you one thing:
None of the people in that theater were thinking about me.
That said, it got me wondering about whether or not this was just a “me thing,” or if other people react this way? Like, what about someone in a wheelchair? Do they glance around to see who’s looking at them when “one of their own” comes on the screen? I mean, I got so caught-up that I didn’t even remember what the commercial was for. I actually called the theater later that night and asked a manager if he could find out for me!
The more I think about it, the more it makes sense that I’d react the way I did in the theater. I’ve positioned myself as the “guy with one hand,” so it’s already in my head. If you have a noticeable difference in your life, even if it’s just noticeable to you, you might feel the same way in these situations.
So, I ask you…do you ever have these moments? I’d love to hear about your experience!