In the final installment of this series about fictional characters I feel I am the most like, I’m going to tell you a little bit why I think I am quite a bit like Richie Cunningham from Happy Days. After a Facebook trend a few weeks ago caught my attention, I decided that I would expand on each of my three choices on this blog. I already wrote about Alex P Keaton from Family Ties and Jefferson Smith from Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. This is the final one in the serious although it might be fun to do a similar series on literary characters like that somewhere down the road.
Happy Days has always been my favorite TV show, and, before you ask, I really was born in 1991. My experience of watching Happy Days is entirely due to what used to be Nick-at-Nite and the seasons that have been released on DVD (even though they are still missing some of the later ones).
I know that on the surface, my life may seem far from typical. Obviously I have some challenges that other people don’t have, and I have had some opportunities that other people have not been privileged to have. However, I chose Richie Cunningham because of a particular and somewhat legendary episode of Happy Days.
Mork from Ork, played by a young Robin Williams, came to the planet Earth to collect a specimen to bring back to his home planet for examination. Richie speculates who Mork might be trying to take back with him. After a few incorrect guesses, Mork explains that he is looking for someone who is average or “humdrum.”
In a way, this is kind of how I see myself. I don’t necessarily see it in a negative light. Rather, it is a simple recognition that my life goes along pretty predictably and steadily. This isn’t to say that great things don’t happen because they certainly do, and I do believe I am blessed every day.
However, I’m not really the kind of person who’s going to spontaneously decide that I need to quit my job and travel the world for a few months. I’m not really the kind of person who’s going to do something random just for the sake of it being random. Because of my varied interests, I know that I may appear random sometimes, but I do what I am interested in. That certainly is not random if of course you understand what I am interested in. In fact, it is incredibly predictable.
I actually take being “humdrum” as a good thing. I think that speaks to the stability that I like to have in my life and try to build into my life. This doesn’t mean I’m not able to be flexible, but I am certainly one who likes to be pretty steady and consistent.
I hope you have enjoyed this look into my mind. If you know me and think I am way off, let me know what would have been better choices. Are there other characters that you think I resemble? It might be more interesting to hear what you think than what I think of my own personality.