Week Three of The Artist's Way has you doing a little exploring of the side of yourself you show the world versus what you really feel inside. (It reminds me a little the Friends episode where they say "What does Rachel claim is her favorite movie?" Dangerous Liaisons. "What is her actual favorite movie?" Weekend at Bernie's)
One of the exercises is listing people who admire.... like Oprah, Ellen DeGeneres, or Anderson Cooper. Now stop. Who do you really admire? Like Russell Brand (who, let's face it, just puts it all out there, unapologetically. And who is actually really smart if you listen to him.) or Adam Sandler (for pretty much all the same reasons) or Jen Lancaster. (who is just about the funniest person on the planet) Apparently, being funny is pretty high on my list of admirable characteristics. I thought I'd have more athletes on that list.
Now, name three people who have died who you wish you had met like Hellen Keller, or Theodore Roosevelt, or Margaret Thatcher. Ok, but who would you really like to have the opportunity to spend some time with in the afterlife? Like Gertrude Stein, Oscar Wilde, and Mark Twain.
You know that famous question about having the opportunity to have a dinner party with whoever you want, living or dead? I'd want a dinner party that had good conversation, smart banter, and above all, a lot of fun. Since its a hypothetical scenario, I wouldn't have to clean up. How great would the conversations be at this table?
1) Oscar Wilde
2) Dorothy Parker
3) Gertrude Stein
4) Adam Duritz from the Counting Crows
5) Russell Brand
6) Adam Sandler
7) Mark Twain
8) Ernest Hemmingway
9) Margaret Thatcher
11) Larry Flint
12) Janeane Garofalo
13) John Stewart
14) Stephen Colbert
15) Anderson Cooper
and just to make sure there's never a dull moment at this table:
I'll be at the end of the table, watching the fray with the Dali Lama. Because I think he'd really get a kick out it, too. (though his translator would have a really hard night!)