We’re all home right now, right? The #StayHome movement is big, as we’re all learning how to slightly recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, but not toooooo much because the next wave may soon be upon us. And let’s face it, school is officially out for “summer” a little early, so consider this a little recess break for us adults…
Julia Cameron’s book, “The Artist’s Way,” has one little exercise in it that really grabbed my attention.
If you had five other lives to lead, what would you do in each of them?
On page 39 in the section Imaginary Lives, she adds: “Whatever occurs to you, jot it down. Do not overthink this exercise. The point of these lives is to have fun in them – more fun that you might be having in this one. Look over your list and select one. Then do it this week. For instance, if you put down country singer, can you pick a guitar? If you dream of being a cowhand, what about some horseback riding?”
I’ll share my gut answers with you, but I truly hope you’ll give it a shot too!
If I had five other lives to lead, I’d be an illustrator, an herbal apothecarist, an international outdoor gear photographer, a club DJ, and a monk.
Illustration: I used to draw SO much. I wanted to go into graphic design, but I wanted to use my own pencil rather than the digital tools that were evolving. What I could do today is doodle more, draw my own cards for people, set aside some meditative time to sketch something that’s in front of me.
Apothecary: I find myself now in my third making of a luscious cedar and eucalyptus healing hand-salve, complete with infused calendula, yarrow and lavender flowers. If I could turn my black thumb green and dedicate more time to all the different herbal remedies of the generations before us, I’d be all-in. For now, I’m enjoying delivering these beautiful salves to my neighbors and friends.
Photography: I’ve got the camera and the addiction to outdoor gear, so I probably just need to remember to bring my camera along more for the ride. It’s easy to let this go after “working” in the photography space for so long, so I brought an old film camera up here to Vermont for our endless isolation. Just gotta remember to use it.
DJ-ing has been a dream since I was a teeny kid. I used to play from one cassette tape while readying the next song in the cassette deck next to it. I’m not sure I want to talk about the weather or traffic on the radio, and I’m a sucker for a good dance beat, so it would make me extremely happy to inspire others to move in a party scene. I love making boat mixes and yoga playlists on Spotify (find me here!), so perhaps my COVID-19 mix will be epic.
Monk life sounds positively delectable. I thrive on solitude and contemplation, and I’m always wishing I could toss someone else’s speaker in the ocean or campfire. Give me the silent life any day. Meditation is an easy add here, but something I’ve neglected since my urgent assignment off to Australia the last few months.
Okay, it’s your turn! Who would you be, what would you do, and how can you let a little of that light shine on your life this very week?