“You Don’t Want To Be Me” follows Vicky Alexander, a technology journalist, interviewing one of her icons, Angela Johnson, a successful startup founder turned venture capitalist. During the interview, Vicky discovers the woman she admires greatly doesn’t match her impression, causing the interview to take a disastrous turn.
As the saying goes: “Never meet your heroes.”
“Ms. Johnson, before I start the interview, I just want to say I’m honored to interview you today. You are one of the women in tech I look up to.”
“Thank you. I’m glad I haven’t let you down yet.”
“Oh, that’s such an odd thing to say.”
“Well, you know the saying: ‘Don’t meet your heroes’ or something like that. It can cause disappointment when one’s impression about a person doesn’t match with reality.”
What Made Me Write You Don’t Want To Be Me?
To be frank, this short story is based a little bit about my life and what I see as a working woman.
I attended a company dinner several years when I worked as a contractor for an IT firm, and I met the new Account Manager for our project. We got to talking and she asked normal questions. Then she asked me if I was married or had any children. When I answered no to both questions, the Account Manager said something like “You are truly free then.”
For married men and women, like the Account Manager, they long for a little time away from their spouse and children. It’s normal to seek that because we all need alone time. However, I’m seeing more and more people, particularly women, who postpone marriage and motherhood for a career.
While I don’t have a problem with that choice, I know from experience those women make a horrible mistake. Eventually one of two things will happen:
- The woman will wait too long to find a man to have a child.
- Women will try to do it all (have a relationship, child, and work) and become stressed.
With this story, I convey a message that women must determine what’s important in their lives and choose quickly before time runs out. Because it will run out faster than they think.
Where Can You Find This Story?
You can download a sample of the short story below (in PDF format). The full story is in the “Seven Short Stories” collection on Amazon for $2.99.