Who might I want to be?

Although I spent much of my youth dreaming up intricate day-dreams where I was some intrepid hero or plucky adventurer I have actually always been rather comfortable in my own skin.

However, I sometimes wonder who I might want to be if, by some chance, I woke up and was no longer myself.

After long deliberation I have decided that the only other person I would want to be is Gene Kelly.  I love his films, particularly ‘On the Town‘ and am captivated by his creative and inventive dance style.

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He was a great choreographer as well as dancer although it seems that his perfectionism may have sometimes made him a tyrant.

I also like his liberal views and, especially, his opposition to the excesses of the McCarthy investigations.

I’m glad I’m not him, of course, and my dance style leaves much to be deserved.  However, rather pleasingly, I can emulate Kelly’s shuffle while looking contentedly up in the air.  It’s the closest I get to his genius.

If you weren’t you, who would you want to be?


About Martin Lake

Martin Lake lives in the French Riviera with his wife. After studying at the University of East Anglia he worked as a teacher, trainer and company director. A serious accident shattered his arm and meant that he had to rein back his work. He decided to concentrate on writing and is now writing full-time. He writes a wide range of fiction. His main interests are historical fiction, short stories and fiction for young adults. Martin has a series of novels 'The Lost King' which are set in the years following the Norman Invasion of England. They concern Edgar Atheling, last representative of the ancient English royal dynasty and his fight to regain the throne from William the Conqueror. Martin has also published 'Artful' the further adventures of the Dodger and 'Outcasts' a novel about fall of the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem. His latest novel, 'A Love Most Dangerous' is about a maid of honour who becomes the lover of Henry VIII. Martin’s work has been broadcast on radio. He won first prize in the Kenneth Grahame Society competition to write a story based on 'The Wind in the Willows.' You can get the collection, 'The Wind in the Willows Short Stories' from Amazon.
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