DAY #18: If you could bring 10 people that inspire you to an island with you and spend one day with each of them, who would they be and why would you take them?
First off, let’s clarify what I’m envisioning with this particular prompt. Let’s start with the location. The particular island we’re talking about is something you might find at the Club Med of my dreams. It is beautiful and has all the amenities that I might want for whatever activity I wish to explore. Secondly, these inspirational people simply show up for their day and spend it with me, sharing their wisdom and insight. They don’t find it strange, they don’t want anything in return, and they don’t complain of jet lag or headaches or anything else that might interfere with our experience. When their day is up they head back to wherever they came from, and I carry on with my next companion. I also limited my selections to people who are currently alive. Just so it didn’t get creepy, you know? So now that we have THAT settled, here we go.
1. Chris Powell. Duh. If you’ve been reading the BulgingButtons for any length of time you know I’m a big fan of his. Chris and I would have a heart to heart, and he would help get me energized and focused to make the most impactful positive changes to my overall wellness. He would teach me the moves I need and set me up with a foolproof plan. At least in my dreams. Oh, and he’s written books. Bonus: he’s not too hard on the eyes either.
2. Rachael Ray. She can teach me to cook delicious food that’s good for me and that my whole family will eat with pleasure. She also seems incredibly personable, and she’s an author. She is another person who defined her dreams and went for them, and, I’m guessing, keeps doing just that.
3. Stacy London. The TLC What Not to Wear diva could help me dress this body of mine to best advantage, allowing me to strut my stuff and hold my head high, no matter what the scale might say. Feeling confident and sexy does make a difference, and dressing to advantage has a role in how you feel. And did I mention that she also writes?
4. The Dalai Lama. He’s just so doggone nice. And smart. And otherworldly. And hip. Really, I think he’s got it going on. Oh, and he also has written several books.
5. J.K. Rowling. I guess I don’t have to tell you what she’s best known for, do I? I would love to pick her brain. Where does she get it all?! Incredible.
6. Rafe Esquith, teacher and author extraordinaire. He is inspirational, not only to teachers, but far more importantly, to kids. I would love to have an in-depth conversation on the current state of education and the impact it has on kids. I envision a meeting of the minds that will spur me on to orchestrating ever greater opportunities for my students.
7. SARK. She has written and illustrated many inventive, honest, funny, and inspirational books. She definitely thinks in colors and dreams and swirls. I like her style!
8. Tula Pink. One of the modern quilt world’s stars, she’s a designer and author, as well as a quilt maker. I would love to talk inspiration with her.
9. My son. By day nine I will be missing him terribly. I would love to spend a day in paradise with him without the distractions of school and work and obligations and responsibilities. I would love to just relax and have fun with him, and to connect with him as we splash in the ocean and bite into juicy pineapple, our favorite.
10. Last, but certainly not least, my sweetheart. I would finish this incredibly transformative experience by sharing an uninterrupted day alone with him. Bonus: he would stay the night and we would go home together.
The bad news? This scenario is infinitely unlikely to happen. The good news? I have links to the wisdom of all of these inspirational people, except my family. I get to see my family in real life, though, so it’s not so bad. Thank goodness for the written word. Although it will never be a perfect substitute for being there, it can still convey a lifetime of learning.
September 28, 2013 at 6:18 pm
In no particular order:
1. Stephen Fry – he’s intelligent, educated, witty and a kind and gentle man. Also capable of great silliness, which is good.
2. Freddie Mercury – okay, I know he’s dead, but he was, IS a superstar, he had an enormous stage presence and as far as music goes I consider him a god. I would like to get to know the man behind the stage performance. I believe he was a quiet, shy person underneath but I’d enjoy finding out more about him.
3. Tony Benn – British politician. Possibly the only politician I really trust. I think I’d enjoy his company and he is very wise. i would enjoy his compassionate and gentle nature.
4. Sandi Toksvig – Danish TV personality writer and quiz panelist on UK TV. So lovely, very witty, highly intelligent. She would make me laugh.
5. Gordon Ramsay – I find him an extremely motivating person. Energetic, dynamic, brutally honest. I can’t help liking him even though he’s not really my type. Also, he can cook which will be handy.
6. Isaac Newton – another dead person but never mind, it’s a fantasy world! I read one of his papers on prisms and it was beautiful. Not just clever but actually a joy to read. Pure genius. You know it’s genius when you think “why didn’t I think of that?” He saw what everybody else saw but made connections that nobody had ever made before. That’s genius. He changed the world. I’d like to find out if he was as difficult a person as the history books say.
7. Vincent Van Gogh – I’ve always been sciencey rather than arty (although I was never a Philistine) the first painting I ever saw that took my breath away was a Van Gogh painting. I was in the Rodin museum in Paris. Most of the exhibits were marble statues – all very nice but not breath taking. I turned a corner and almost fell over. A small painting which was instantly recognisable as a Van Gogh was on the wall. The colours were so bright, so dramatic. I have loved his work ever since. I would love to hear him talk about colour.
8. Angela Merkel – German chancellor. Leader of the most popular country on earth (according to a very large recent international survey). She started out as a chemist in the Eastern Block. A strong and determined woman, who keeps her private life fairly private. I’d like to know how she has succeeded so well in a male dominated world whilst maintaining her femininity. She is not a woman who has got to the top by behaving like a man. She is a powerful and respected woman. I admire her a great deal.
9. Shakespeare – do I need to explain?
10. Malala Yousafzai – the little girl from Pakistan who was shot in the head by the Taliban for writing a blog which supported education for girls. She survived and is now living in the UK and is a campaigner for the rights of women and girls. The strength of this young girl is amazing. She is only 16 years old now and is a seasoned campaigner. I’d like to thank her. Last time I read about her she was wearing a head scarf which used to belong to Indira Gandhi – an honour she certainly deserves. I’d also like to thank her parents who have supported her. I’m sure that without their support she wouldn’t have had the courage to continue. They have also been tremendously brave.
11. Alan Turing – the father of computing. I’d like to show him a laptop and WiFi and all the wonderful technology we have. I’d like him to know that he is the father of the modern world. And I like to give him a hug because he was treated very badly and I’d like him to teach me some maths because my maths isn’t as good as it should be.
September 28, 2013 at 6:23 pm
Thanks for your considered reply. Maybe you should post it over on the challenge page that is linked to my post? I know many other people would enjoy reading your perspective, which is far more worldly than mine.
September 28, 2013 at 6:32 pm
I can’t see a challenge page 😦
I see the 47 for 47 challenge page. Would you like me to post it on that page as a reply?
September 28, 2013 at 6:37 pm
If you click on “day 18 at the top of the post it will take you to The Passion Press site, where all of the daily passion prompts are posted. You can post your reply there, or on your blog and link it to The Passion Press. Don’t worry about posting in on the 47 for 47 page, that’s something else entirely. If you can’t find it, no worries.
OOPS! This is wrong. Click on the actual prompt to leave BulgingButtons and go to Passion Press. So sorry for the mistake.