First posted on Medium on October 3, 2019
And if you want to stay here and read, here is the text:
I was looking around my very small room and on one side, I thought, “that looks like a library.” On another, I thought, “oh that looks like an art classroom.” That just started my imagination going, wondering if I could pick any public place to live in, where would it be?
I have been a navel-gazer (obsessed with self-awareness) all my life. Yet, I never seem to know enough about myself. I have many interests. I call myself a Jill of Many Trades, Master of None. I’ve been feeling lately that I need to let some things go and prioritize so I can have hope of mastery over at least one of my interests. To that end, I have become super-attuned to how I make choices with my time, and how that defines me. The goal is to make choices that are highly-resonant and let the others go.
Hence, this game. Come on. Play with me. You have to suspend reality. First, in what public place would I not want to live? I will not ever choose a clothing store, a hardware store, or any government building, like a courtroom. I love being in parks and in nature, such as at the beach. But still, I would not choose to live there. A supermarket even if it had a deli and a kitchen would be awesome, but I still wouldn’t feel at home there. A library is getting close, as I love books. My home library is evidence of that. A cafe would be wonderful, especially with the right soundtrack playing in the background, but still, not home.
An art store or classroom is getting really close, but I need pens and paper. I need to write. So here is my ah-ha, my light bulb, my Eureka! In my town, there is an art supply store, jam-packed with art supplies of all kinds. And there are journals and pens! This is my home sweet home.
I suppose this is as close I’m going to get to narrowing it down. I am a writer who dabbles in art. If only this place had coffee!
In case you need the directions for this game:
Diane Aoki is a writer who explores other modes of creativity as her intuition leads her.