Remember the first time you heard your voice on tape? I do.
It startled me. I expected it to sound the way it did in my head. It didn't! That stupid sounding voice is me?I sound like a gray-toothed rube! And I'd thought I was a normal kid! Oh, the horror.
The next ugly truth came a few years later. I taped myself singing along to the radio. I used an earpiece to hear the radio (and to make sure it didn't drown out my voice.) Playback was revealing.
I sounded terrible! Demented! This was me singing?! All this time I thought I was a normal singer. Now I knew better.
The final horror happened when I was a young adult. I saw- gasp- myself on videotape. What a slap that was! That's me!? I thought, That fidgety, freaky, pale, high strung, lunatic was me? And I'd thought I was a (semi) normal adult. Now I knew better!
I bet I'm not the only one who was horrified the first time they heard their voice or saw themselves on videotape. Were you?