May. 31st, 2014

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Your task today, if you're up to it (and as always, no need to post your answers or even say whether you've done it), is to imagine five alternative lives for yourself. Cameron lists "pilot, cowhand, physicist, psychic, monk" for herself, then lists a few dozen more possibilities. You might prefer to stick to five. It's up to you!

Other lives don't have to be something you think you'd be particularly good at or things you wish you'd done instead; they can be whatever occurs to you. Cameron then suggests picking one of your alt-lives to enjoy this week.

If you have a monkish alter ego like Cameron, you might spend some meditative time in a temple or church, a park, a library, or at home. Dream of being a park ranger? Take a day trip to the nearest state park and walk around purposefully, or price out equipment online. Have an alt life as a singer-songwriter? Visit a guitar store, make a demo recording, or just write your lyrics in a spiral notebook (with or without purple ink). The purpose of this exercise is just to have fun with one of these other lives.

Cameron tends to assume that her readers have a certain amount of money and access to resources, but it's possible to enjoy an alt-life from home, from a public library if you have one, or with a shopping list and a trip to the nearest chain retailer (there's no need to actually buy anything).

Did you do your morning pages today?
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