Being Erica s01e02 – What I Am Is What I Am

Who am I ? We made a lot of choices in life which shape who we are, and some of them maybe good or bad. Maybe we made bad choices before, the key is what about now and the future, We can make better choice now and make a whole new different future.

Opening Dialogue : a resume , it tells us a story, school, job, hobbies, it’s a snapshot of who you are, but at the end of the day, it all comes down the choices we make…choices look close enough and you can see them everywhere, but what do you see your life is the series of your life is a bad choices, when you give anything with make different one, the question is if you could go back and do all differently, would you still be you?

Erica starts to look for a new jobs, and drops off the resume to different publishing companies. She meets her old classmate, Antiquity who were competitive with each other in the university time, is the head of the fiction division. She got the job from joining the secret society of the university, her boss is also the member of the secret society. The secret society also tapped Erica to join in before in fact. Erica applies the job as Antiquity’s assistant. The vivid comparison between two made Erica sad, as arrogant Antiquity is in the high place while she is in the middle of career change. Erica is insecure, with sense of hurry, and want to be upfront about not having a job with pressure from parent. Thus she accepts to work on Uncle’s wedding dress shop while she wants this as a temporarily thing. Then Ivan come to meet Erica, good friend from university, as his wife Claire cheated on him, another low time of his life. Erica did not understand why pick her, but Dr Tom explains the contract between two, Erica needs to trust him, and Erica cannot go back to fix other people’s mistake. Dr. Tom send Erica back to 1995 to fix the secret society. Both Erica and Antiquity successfully joined the secret society, but in order to gain more from the leader of the secret society, and compete with Antiquity, she sold out Claire, Ivan’s girlfriend. At last, Erica decided to quit the society which is a society to degrade people. That means she makes the same choice as before and apologize to Claire and regret what she has done to hurt Claire. She quit the job of wedding dress job, which is not suitable to her as well that she is not happy with. Dr. Tom: “Our life is like a house of cards, some of the cards are cosmetic, while other are low bearing wall, you can move one of those cards and the whole things are tumbling down…what make you, you, you become something else, your gut told you to avoid the secret society rather the first time, you are right to listen to that that are many ways to achieve our goals, but ignoring your inner voice is not right”. Ivan gets a new departments and Erica gets an interview opportunity from River Rock Publishing.

Ending Dialogue : Everyone got their own path, some are only just beginning, while others end all too soon, however you do it, the fact is the path you took, the choices you made to find who you are. Choices, they are the building block of our lives, they shape our past, present and future, and despite all mistake I’ve made, everyday brings with it, everything brings with new choices and a whole new world possibilities.

Dr Tom Quotes at episode 2:

•The use of traveling is to regulate imagination by reality and, instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are. – Samuel Johnson
•We are the sum of our decisions, and as long as you’re happy, that’s all that matters. – Antigone Morris, Erica’s classmate
•Those who plot the destruction of others often perish in the attempt. – Thomas Moore

Soundtrack of the episode :
No Words by Emilie Mover add scene description
What’s Up? by 4 Non Blondes
Erica finds herself at the front of a protest for lower tuition fees led by Claire
People Are Strange by Echo & The Bunnymen
Erica and Antigone go to the Liverati initiation
Everybody Knows by Concrete Blonde
Judith looks at the newspaper, which exposes Claires secret


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