Triticum Turgidum

Lying Dormant and Waiting to Bloom Since 2005

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I am a beauty-loving ambidextrous higher-order primate who learned transcendental meditation at 7, statistical analysis at 23, tap dancing at 30, and piano at 35. I tolerate gluten, lactose, and differences of opinion, but not abuse. Or beets.

Saturday, April 30, 2005

Your Five Alternate Lives

Today I'm going to plagiarize shamelessly from Babs' Fab Blog "Women on the Verge of Thinking" ( She asked readers in her post "Your Secret Self" the following question: If you could do anything once, what would it be? This question reminds me of an exercise I performed while volunteering for an adolescent pregnancy prevention group when I was in graduate school. I was a mentor. Part of the mentor's job was to meet once every two weeks as a group and go through Big Picture exercises, the kind devised to get kids hoping to have babies within five years of puberty focused on broader issues, like occupational ambitions.

The exercise I'm remembering went something like this: If you had five lives to live over again and you could have a different occupation each time, what would you pick? It has to be something you can actually earn money doing; you can't say "I'd get paid a million dollars just for farting." But the amount of money earned or the difficulty of achieving success in your chosen field(s) shouldn't be primary concerns. The question is, what five things would you like to do?

The first time I tried this exercise, here were my five:

Performing musician

The second time I tried it, I ended up with:

Stand-up comic
Elite athlete

The third time:

Computer animator
Professional singer
No-kill dog shelter owner
Bartender in a pool bar in a tropical country

The fourth time I can't remember. I guess it's safe to say I like the idea of being an astronaut. And performing in front of people. And exercising my creativity. And, occasionally, leading a simple life in which my daily chores are pretty much spelled out for me.

Oh--and wearing a costume.

What are your five?


Blogger BarbaraFromCalifornia said...

Oh K...You left one out: you could have been a perfect stand-up comedian!

On a note of procedure: how do you get those green links to appear on the blog? I cannot get any links at all. Email me privately, please.

A great question, indeed:

A conductor of a symphony orchestra
a stand-up comedian
a published and famous writer
a Rabbi
an exotic dancer

(figured I would hit all areas here.)

12:05 PM, April 30, 2005  
Blogger Bridger said...

Ok, I have tried to post these all day but keep getting interruppted.

1) Fashion critic. I am hopeless now, so it would be fun to hurl insults next time.
2) A touring soapbox speaker. 10 minute topic limit, but unlimited Q&A and debate.
3) Tour Guide. Anywhere. It would be fun to be discover (for the first time) the town/city with tourists 3 times a day. You get to improvise and be dramatic and fake cool local accents.
4) Rock Star with a political twist. Like Bono, but with blonde hair.
5) Broadway musical star. Fiddler on the Roof and I get to play Tevye. But not blonde. I would have to be one of the Russians to be blonde. If I were a rich man . . . I see my wife my goldie looking like a rich man's wife with a proper double chin . . . okay, ahem . . . enough for now.

That was fun.

Thanks :)

12:17 AM, May 01, 2005  
Anonymous indigodaisy said...

female monk who breeds dogs and makes jam.

9:59 AM, May 01, 2005  
Anonymous Mr. G said...

Miss K,

I would choose the following (this list is subject to change daily):

Jazz musician
Actor (movies)
Professor (I wonder where I got that one)

9:24 PM, May 01, 2005  

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