Week One: Brian B. Baker


If your life were a television show what kind of show would it be? Who are the characters?

My Life Is Like The Truman Show.

When it came time to write this post I stared at it for a few weeks, maybe longer. It was in those weeks an idea began to flourish, the idea was invariably me.


When I look around at the world before me I see cameras everywhere. Street corners, at my day job there are tons of cameras. It’s one of the things Vegas did before the rest of the planet.

Life feels like a reality show, or more appropriately, The Truman Show.

When we see Truman after the opening credits he doesn’t see his reality as it is. He sees it as he believes it to be. As Christoph says, “We accept the reality of the world with which we are presented.”

When Truman’s father shows up, he starts to notice things that are a bit “off.”

Our Reality Compared to Truman’s

In our daily lives we realize that things may not be under our control. There’s a path we must follow. Like Truman these realizations make us question our sanity, whether we are really in control and if our lives are our own.

As Truman’s life starts to unravel he has a realization about who he really is and what he really wants out of life. Enthralled by it, and maybe glad it’s not our life the audience begins to see things like Truman.

What if our life is a reality show? As the star, we don’t see the man behind the curtain. Our Christoph. The man behind the scenes pulling the strings. We only see the story through our eyes.

It is always the story, our story. That pushes us to the end.

When Truman realizes he’s not in control of his life, he takes a trip on a boat. Like Noah in the storm he survives and discovers he was right.

In life I’ve discovered, like Truman, that more I try to take control the better my life is. I may never see the man behind the curtain pulling the strings, and he doesn’t realize I’m on to him, at least no yet.

What Really Matters!

To us, like Truman, the things that matter are happiness, love, honesty and being in control of who we are. Not having someone tell us who we are. Especially not having someone dictate who we should be.

We are who we are, nothing changes that. We live our lives with cameras all around us. So, why don’t we look into those Cameras every once in a while and say to the world, “If I don’t see ya, good afternoon, good evening and goodnight!


Brian B. Baker is an unpublished writer of Science Fiction/Fantasy and Horror. He’s been writing short stories since high school, and is certain it’s one of the few things that keeps him sane. Brian blogs at  The Bleeding Inkwell.


4 thoughts on “Week One: Brian B. Baker

  1. Thank you for this thought-provoking post Brian. It’s only Day 2 of this project and I am already fascinated by seeing how the same writing prompt can be interpreted by two different people. I can’t wait to see what the others have to say this week, as well as to share my own take on my life as a TV show on Thursday. Looking forward to working with you here at The Today Voice over the next year.

  2. I’ve often thought about life in relation to the “Truman Show” concept. So often it seems that we only see and believe what is told to us. I totally agree that life is so much better when one takes the necessary steps to take control. Thanks for this great post!

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