Ok admit it, you finally did watch the video of the mom in her car putting on a Chewbacca mask and laughing her head off.
You needed to know what the fuss was all about.
So you watched it, feeling a bit anxious that you might not "get it," and then saw that it was exactly what they were all saying it was. Just a mom laughing at a silly moment.
You may have felt disappointed that there wasn't more to it than that.
But there actually is more to it than that, isn't there?
Something about that video makes us feel a combination of joy, empathy, laughter, embarrassment, and let's just admit it, slight envy.
Why is that? Do we all wish we had a Chewbacca mask too? No, it's not that, is it. If it was, sales of the wookie mask would have skyrocketed.
I watched Candace Payne when she met Star Wars director J.J. Abrams and her interview with James Corden. She's funny and charming as she chats and explains the whole story about the Chewbacca mask and making the video. But the envy we all feel watching her laugh behind her mask is not about her sudden fame.
The thing is, she is completely authentic, and is not in the least bit afraid to be herself.
She sits across from James Corden like she has just as much a right to be there as anyone else. She doesn't pretend to be anyone else -- she's the mom who filmed herself laughing at herself and that's it.
She is 100% genuine.
Imagine if you were that authentic in front of the world. Imagine if you just let your guard down and decided to project the image of exactly who you are, no holds barred?
You want to wear a crazy, silly mask? Flaunt it. Who cares what people think?
That's why the video went viral. We saw this woman being so completely genuine with zero embarrassment and we loved her for it.
We want to be like her -- but getting our own wookie mask isn't going to do it.
In fact we need to remove our masks -- the masks we wear every day, to act "normal" and "appropriate."
And then, when we do, we need to laugh our heads off like we don't care what anyone thinks.