One of roles that put Tom Hanks on the map was his
performance in the movie Big.
In Big, Hanks plays a boy named Josh who is granted
his wish to instantly become older. He spends the course of the
movie both trying to survive and figuring out how to get things
back to the way things are. Then there's the happy ending.
But what if there was no happy ending?
What if Josh never found out how to get back to his self?
I know the answer to that question because I live it pretty
much every day.
The worst part about
That Day was what happened to me.
I'm not talking about being raped.
I'm talking about my mind and my body -- or, as D put it to
me, my head and my heart -- got split up.
While my body kept growing and getting older, my mind got
stuck in that place.
And it's still stuck there.
I didn't notice this for quite a while. I was precocious as a
child and was thinking about entrepreneurship and innovation
when my peers were thinking about cars and girls. However, over
the past 15 years or so, the feeling of being a child trapped in
a man suit has gotten stronger, and avoiding that feeling is one
big reason why I rarely leave my
cocoon any more.