I was a child of the 80’s. Unlike most children of the 80’s, I thought that decade sucked. There were a few good things about it. There was Back to the Future, and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Run DMC, but for the most part, I didn’t participate in most of the crappy movies, TV shows, and some of the weirdest music you’ve ever heard. I’m think if you wore outlandish clothes, and had a modicum of singing talent, you could have been a one hit wonder in the 80’s. Of course, it was the decade I was in junior high, so that explains most of my misery.
There was the one shining beacon for me. The Transformers. From the moment I saw the first three part episode, I was hooked. My friends thought it was cool for the first year, but then I went to junior high and of course, I was supposed to be grown up and not like toys anymore. That problem still hasn’t been solved.
Even Optimus Prime’s famous phrase was meant for me. My life’s motto. “Transform and roll out.” Not because like Optimus Prime, I was taking action, or trying to stop the Decepticon’s or to make myself more useful. No, my transforming and rolling out is all about becoming a ninja and sneaking out.
It is my goal in life to create the least amount of presence as possible. If I’m at a party, I want to come in when everyone else is, so the host doesn’t have to make a big deal of me. Then when the party ends, I want to roll out, not telling anyone I left.
When I’m at work, I want to put my headphones on, get some work done and make it so it seems like I wasn’t even there. At the end of the day, I want to slip out with lots of hours and a paycheck.
We all have problems right? Optimus Prime faced his head on. He would go for it, change into a truck and drive through fire and fight a bunch of Decepticons. Sure he save the planet a bunch of times, but he also destroyed a lot of buildings and people died.
Then there is my method of dealing with problems. Avoiding them. Letting them die out on their own. Transform them and then roll them out. Sure, that means they will resurface again later. But you can just transform them and roll them out again.
What do you think? How have you been able to use the Transform and roll out motto? How has avoiding problems and people worked for you?
Bitter Rolling Out Ben