I like to think of myself as a pretty influential guy, but I’m not sure I really am.
I think that when I tell people about a movie I enjoyed, they take that to heart and go see it. But I imagine what really happens is that they smile and nod and then two minutes later forget what we were talking about.
And I guess I’m okay with not being able to sway people’s thoughts, because it takes a special person to be able to do this. There are really only a handful of people throughout history who have this ability.
Of course the first person that comes to mind is the kid who made the very first snowman.
Think about a snowman.
It’s three mounds of snow piled on top of each other, with a carrot and some other random stuff used to represent limbs, or in the case of Unique Snowmen, genitals.
They don’t look like a person at all.
Yet somehow, even though it looks nothing like it’s supposed to, it remains a semi-relevant figure in our world today. Kind of like Tara Reid.
Whoever the kid was who made the first snowman had to be able to influence people in a major way.
Johnny: [Looking upon the first ever snowman] “Uh, Carl? That doesn’t look like right. I mean, it’s just three piles of snow.”
Carl: [Turning to Johnny] “Oh, it’s a person alright. And you know why? Because I say so and because if you don’t tell everyone that this looks exactly like a person, I’m going to tell Cindy Lawson about how you still wet the bed.”
Johnny: [Starting to cry, and unfortunately, starting to dampen his pants] “I get nervous sometimes!”
Obviously Carl was a master of persuasion.
From then on every time a little kid sees snow falling to the ground, he thinks of rolling a bunch of snow together to form a big hunk of crap that doesn’t resemble what it’s supposed to in any way.
I wish I could be more like Carl, but sadly, I get nervous sometimes too.