Monday, February 23, 2009

Exercise of the Mind

Lately I've been thinking of the future. What's it going to be like? What am I going to be like? Will M still be there? I know that I don't need to get caught up in the future because then I lose the importance of the now, but still - it's not bad to wonder.

I remember in one of my high school classes we did a visual exercise to help us 'see' what we thought our future would be like. We all put our heads down on our desk and closed our eyes. Then the instructor told us to visual everything she said.

"It's ten years from now. You wake up in a bed. Who is beside you? Is anyone beside you? What do they look like, who are they?

"You get out of bed and go into the bathroom. What do you look like? What does the bathroom look like? You do your bathroom routine and head to the kitchen for breakfast.

"Has the person in the bed made breakfast for you? Do you have to make your own breakfast? Are you even going to eat breakfast? What does your kitchen look like? What does your kitchen table look like? Is there an animal that you have to feed as well?

"Breakfast over, you are ready to leave for work. You head out the door to your car. What does your car look like? You look back at your house - or your apartment maybe. What does it look like? What happens to the person you woke up next to? Do they have to go to work too?

"You drive down the street to where you work. Where do you work? Who do you work with? What do you do? Do you like it?

"Work is over, you head back home. Does your significant other meet you there? Is dinner already made? Is it even dinner time? Do you have to order something for take out or are you going to make your own dinner? Do you go to bed right away because you're tired or do you stay up for a couple more hours?

"Open your eyes. What did you see?"

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