I’m a big fan of AMC’s Mad Men. I’ve caught every episode and thoroughly enjoyed each and every one of them. For a while I thought Don Draper was my hero. Then I realized how completely and totally pathetic and screwed up he was…and he wasn’t my hero. Then I realized that each and every one of us struggles with some form of what Don struggles with. Secrets, outward confidence but internal anxiety and self esteem issues, relationship problems, and work conflicts affect each and every one of us, even if they aren’t always obvious to those who see you day to day.
When I realized that I too have issues like these, although not nearly at the grand level of intensity suffered by Mr. Draper, I realized that all the people I work with and live with have these issues. That made dealing with them on a day to day basis much easier. It is much easier to forgive episodes I once stamped as “stupid” or “idiotic” and much easier to let slide mistakes. It’s made life easier to live. While Don Draper isn’t exactly a role model, the character resonates with each of us because we each see ourselves in him somewhere.
That’s also why I’m drawn to things like the web app that let’s you draw yourself as a Mad Men character. My profile pic is currently a headshot from this app. Here is another one too. It’s kind of what I imagine it would have been like to have lived in the age of Mad Men.What do you think about the show Mad Men? I’d love to hear your thoughts.