What do you want to be when you grow up?

My son Shane: Race Car Driver?

I keep thinking back to an exercise from week 1 of The Artist’s Way, “If you had five other lives to lead, what would you do in each of them?”

There are rules to this exercise:

  1. Do not over think your response.
  2. The point is to have FUN in these lives.

I asked my Marty, he said he would be a football player, a jet pilot, an astronaut, a neurosurgeon, and the captain of a sailboat racing team. I said singer, dancer, writer, artist and movie star. What would you be? A cowboy, a baseball coach, a doctor, a health teacher, a painter, a psychic, a monk, a banker, a professional bass fisherman, a truck driver, a scientist, a bass player for a rock band?

Now here is the tough part of this little exercise, rule three:

3. Look over your list, choose one, and do it.

Now don’t whine! It’s not as hard as it sounds. Say, for instance, you chose “rock n’ roll drummer”, then get some sticks, turn on some music and hit something in a rhythmic way. Did you choose “cowboy”? Then go ride a horse, go stand in a field, shovel some…well, you get the idea! Have fun with it!

“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.” –Anatole France


~ by Kimberly Mason on August 21, 2008.

2 Responses to “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

  1. Kim,
    The more you talk about this book the more I think I need to find it. It sounds like just what I need right now.
    By the way I love to stop at Sugar and spice when we head over the mountains. I always try to plan so we get there before she closes.

  2. 1. Politician
    2. Midwife
    3. Fighter pilot
    4. Think tank economist
    5. Writer

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