mTV’S SHOW “CATFISH” HAS RECENTLY BECOME SUPER POPULAR. I’M SURE YOU’VE SEEN IT OR TWEETS ABOUT IT AS THE SHOW WAS AIRING. IF YOU’VE NEVER SEEN THE SHOW BEFORE I’LL QUICKLY GIVE YOU A RUN DOWN. THE SHOW IS HOSTED BY A GUY NAMED NEV WHO STARRED IN A DOCUMENTARY OF THE SAME NAME. HE MET A WOMAN, MEGAN, ONLINE AND FELL IN LOVE WITH HER. AFTER A FEW MONTHS, HE NOTICED SOME PIECES TO HER LIFE WEREN’T FITTING TOGETHER AND HE BEGAN TO QUESTION IF SHE WAS WHO SHE CLAIMED TO BE. MEGAN WOULD ALWAYS COME UP WITH AN EXCUSE NOT TO MEET NEV IN PERSON. LONG STORY SHORT…HE SHOWED UP AT HER FRONT DOOR (HE DROVE TO ANOTHER STATE BY THE WAY) AND DISCOVERED SHE WAS NOT THE HOT TWENTY SOMETHING HE HAD FELL IN LOVE WITH BUT IN FACT A MIDDLE-AGED WOMAN NAMED ANGELA WITH A HUSBAND AND TWO HANDICAPPED BOYS. THE TERM CATFISH CAME FROM A STORY ANGELA’S HUSBAND TOLD NEV. HE CLAIMS THAT WHEN LIVE COD WERE SHIPPED TO ASIA FROM NORTH AMERICA, THE FISH’S INACTIVITY IN THEIR TANKS RESULTED IN MUSHY FLESH ONCE THEY ARRIVED TO THE ASIAN MARKETS. EVENTUALLY, THE FISHERMEN DISCOVERED THAT PUTTING CATFISH IN THE TANKS WITH THE COD KEPT THEM ACTIVE. PEOPLE LIKE ANGELA WHO CAN BE DECIVING ARE MUCH LIKE THE CATFISH WHO KEEP OTHER PEOPLE ON THEIR TOES. YOU REALLY HAVE TO WATCH OUT FOR PEOPLE CLAIMING TO BE SOMEONE THEY’RE NOT; ON SOCIAL NETWORKS OR IN REALITY. MTV’S SHOW FOLLOWS INDIVIDUALS WHO FOUND LOVE ONLINE AND THE OUTCOME IS USUALLY SIMILIAR TO NEV’S. NOW, TO MY “CATFISH” KINDA MOMENT.

SOOOO….I GO TO MY FACEBOOK PAGE AND I SAW THAT I HAD A MESSAGE:

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WHEN I READ THE FIRST MESSAGE I WAS A BIT SHOCKED AND ANGRY. WHO IS THIS PERSON PRETENDING TO BE ME? I FELT LIKE MY IDENTITY HAD BEEN STOLEN AND THERE WAS NOTHING THAT I COULD DO. THEN MY EMOTIONS QUICKLY CHANGED TO EMPATHY. I ALWAYS WONDERED WHAT WOULD POSSESS A PERSON TO WANT TO PRETEND TO BE SOMEONE ELSE ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY ARE REALLY TRYING TO MAKE A LOVE CONNECTION ON A DATING SITE. THIS INDIVIUDAL MUST BE SO ASHAMED OF THEIR APPEARANCE THAT THEY DON’T WANT TO POST THEIR OWN PICTURES SO OPTED TO USE MINE. I SHOULD BE KINDA FLATTERED, RIGHT? :/ IF YOU ARE SOMEONE WHO HAS DONE THIS OR CURRENTLY HAS A FAKE PROFILE, I WANT YOU TO REALIZE THAT PRETENDING TO BE SOMEONE YOU’RE NOT WON’T GET YOU WHAT YOU’RE SEEKING. IF YOU EVER MEET THEM, YOU’LL LIKELY GET HIT IN THE HEAD WITH A COMPUTER INSTEAD OF A HUG. THINGS ALWAYS FALL APART WHEN YOU’RE NOT BEING AUTHENTIC. YOU CAN’T GAIN TRUE HAPPINESS IF A GUY FALLS IN LOVE WITH YOU AND YOU’RE NOT BEING TRUTHFUL ABOUT EVERY ASPECT OF YOURSELF. THAT’S NOT GENUINE LOVE WHICH IS WHAT WE ALL WANT. ALSO, CONSIDER THE FEELINGS OF THE PERSON YOU ARE DECIVING. NO ONE WANTS TO BE MISLEAD AND FALL IN LOVE WITH SOMEONE WHO IS NOT HONEST BEING COMPLETLEY HONEST WITH THEM.

NO MATTER HOW UGLY, FAT OR UNATTRACTIVE YOU THINK YOU ARE; GOD HAS A MATCH FOR YOU. YOU WERE GOD’S IDEA AND PERFECT THE WAY YOU WERE CREATED. WHO ARE YOU TO SAY HIS CREATIONS AREN’T DOPE? HE HAS SOMEONE WHO CONNECTS EQUALLY WITH YOUR SOUL AND WILL GIVE YOU THE LOVE AND HAPPINESS YOU WANT. BUT YOU KNOW WHAT? YOU CAN’T FIND IT IF YOU’RE PRETENDING TO BE SOMEONE ELSE. THAT GOES FOR PEOPLE WHO FAKE THE FUNK IN REALITY TOO. YOU’RE WASTING TIME. THE SOONER YOU OPEN YOURSELF UP AND REVEAL YOURSELF TO THE WORLD; THE WORLD WILL OPEN UP TO YOU. IT MAY BE SCARY BUT STOP HIDING. START LIVING!

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