YOUR IDEAL DAY
With pen in hand and as much paper as you need (or a tape recorder if you prefer to dream out loud), take a leisurely walk through a day that would be perfect if it represented your usual days-not a vacation day, not a compromise day, but the very substance of your life as you’d love it to be. Live through that day in the present tense and in detail, from getting up in the morning to going to sleep at night. What’s the first thing you do when you wake up? What do you have for breakfast? Do you make it yourself-or is it brought to you in bed, with a single rose and the morning paper? Do you take a long, hot bath? A bracing cold shower? What kinds of clothes do you put on? How do you spend the morning? the afternoon? At each time of day, are you indoors or outdoors, quiet or active, alone or with people?
As you go through the hours of your fantasy day, there are three helpful categories to keep in mind: what, where, and who.
What are you doing–what kind of work, what kind of play? Imagine yourself at the full stretch of your capacities. If you’d like to sing or sail, and you don’t know how, in this fantasy you do know how.
Where–in what kind of place, space, situation? A London flat, an Oregon farm, a fully quipped workshop, an elegant hotel room, a houseboat?
Who do you work with, eat with, laugh and talk with, sleep with? You will undoubtedly want to write some of your favorite real people
into your fantasy; you might also want to include some types of people you’d like to be surrounded by–writers, musicians, children, people your own age, people of all different ages, athletes, Frenchmen, financiers, simple country people, celebrities.
Turn your imagination loose. Don’t put down what you think is possible–put down the kind of day you’d live if you had absolute freedom, unlimited means, and all the powers and skills you’ve ever wished for.
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