Over the next week, I will be conducting the first of what I will call an Existential Interview on someone’s painting. Basically, it’s an interview of existential questions on the meaning of painting to the artist, and paintings produced by the artist. After some initial questions on the artist’s history and style, to get some grounding and direction, will come the existential questions, like why they paint, what meanings their paintings have, what legacy they hope to have with their art, etc.
Tonight, I found out about a very inspirational Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) series called Player’s Own Voice, where athletes, or those involved with athletics, talk in-depth about something grouped by these topics:
In each article of many, is a feature called 10 Quick Questions, where the interviewee is asked the 10 questions below for quick answers, rather than deep thought and recollection, with chance to revise before submitting. These are a pretty good collection of questions to give a fair representation of someone’s mind, unlike a lot of stupid quizzes you see these days!
- The best book you’ve ever read?
- Must-listen Podcast?
- Best advice you ever received?
- If your life was a movie, what would it be called?
- What word or phrase do you overuse?
- What is a skill you wish you had?
- What’s something no one would guess about you?
- If you could have the ultimate influential dinner party, who are the six people you’d invite?
- What makes you cry, every time?
- What’s the next goal you want to accomplish?
I LOVE this sort of stuff, much more for being able to get a strategically random glimpse into someone’s mind rather than to contemplate my answers. However, for the experience, I put myself through it. My answers are below but I’d LOVE to know yours if you were so kind as to share in the comments, or on your own blog with a link to this post for me to know.
If you answer those 10 questions in any way, publicly or not, please do it before you read my answers because no matter whose answers you read before doing something like this, they are bound to influence your answers in some way. The influence might be to steer you down a different thought path you might not have taken independently, rather than agreeing with some answers to incorporate into yours, but it’d still be influence. Thank you.
Happy New Year!
Last year, before I went to sleep each night, I took a few minutes to ask myself what was my memory of the day? and get myself an answer for it. Some days, it was quick. Other days, it was not. Most days it was good. Some days, it was not. It was generally a very nice daily retrospective exercise each night, to appreciate each day, often with some gratefulness as well.
This year, I’m needing some more intensity in my life so I’m adding an additional question to that nightly retrospective routine to make it: