Drop Dead Diva
If You Could Come Back To Life As Someone Else, Who Would It Be?
In case you didn't know, I am a Lifetime devotee, as in, I am highly addicted to their original programming and can often be found both watching shows in their live time slots and then re- watching them again on Demand. My husband is highly puzzled by this, he can't imagine why I would need to re-watch a program that I've already seen, unless said program was chock full of life saving information- or the act of watching it netted me some kind of burried treasure. And in that sense- watching these shows do net me a mental burried treasure; they tickle my funny bone, they make me wistful for certain things I'd like to embrace in my own life, and well, who couldn't use a 'lil extra campy vamp in their lives. Which brings me to my bubbling over excitement about Season 5 of Drop Dead Diva which premieres SUNDAY night (you all already know where I'll be right?)
Reason number 305 why I love this show- its main protagonist is a voluptuous, smart as a whip attorney at face value, but her back story is that her soul, her essence is that of a shallow wannabe model who dies in a sudden car accident, and as opposed to going straight up to heaven (or wherever the heck our souls do go once we pass on) her soul resurfaces in the body of this brilliant, plus-size and recently deceased attorney, Jane. And that's the cool part of this character- superficially she is not a cookie cutter blonde, blue-eyed size zero as she was in her former life. This new body she resides in, and has to find her comfort zone in, is that of an average woman. And it's just really fun watching her navigate this new world, body and all, while in her mind and heart remembering the body she once inhabited and the life that was once hers, and trying to make sense of it all.
The show taps into the basic prejudices we all deal with when it comes to judging others based on their appearance as opposed to who they really are and what they're made of. And as I eagerly anticipate a new season of Drop Dead Diva, the show's basic premise got me thinking this; if I could come back to earth in another person's body and essentially get to be that person, who would I choose?
I really mulled it over, I mean, it's a really big decision- this is living in another person's skin and it's not one to be taken lightly. But the more I thought about it the more I realized there is just one person whose body I'd love to inhabit, and that would be my husband. I cannot fathom what it would be like to be a male in this world. To have the strength and physical presence of a man; to walk outside and feel this sense of authority about oneself. As a woman it would be a luxury to inhabit a world where I felt more in control of my physical surroundings and not like the weaker species. Also, my husband's brain- oh it would be fascinating- to me to be able to feel what he feels and think what he thinks. I admire his strengths in math and science, both attributes I am sorely lacking in- and yes it's true I've always dreamed of putting on a stethoscope and a white coat and having people call me doctor (did I mention he's a doctor?). His experience, his professional training, his emotional state are so vastly different from mine- it would be such a learning experience to be able to walk in his shoes, to truly live in his skin and be a man. And then there's the whole anatomy thing; I can't say I'd miss my Aunt flow AT ALL, or that I wouldn't love the ability to urinate anywhere or any time. And maybe he could come back to life as me and perhaps he might be inclined to watch some Lifetime TV!
So tell me, if you could come back to life as another person who would it be and why? And don't forget to tune into the Drop Dead Diva Sunday nights at 9pm/8c.