Earlier this week I wrote about imaginary dragons, and I had another idea. If you had an imaginary pet or friend walking beside you, what would it be? I have to ask because I know the answers from writers would be very different from other groups. You have to wonder what people in other professions would say.
In fact, why not make this a real exercise instead of imaginary. Ask the question on your social media and see what kind of answers you get in return. The point is to prevent people from thinking and just say the first thing that comes to mind. My husband said he would have Pikachu following him around. He got into Pokémon go when it first came out. Me – I spent the train ride home wondering why people were running around in groups, glued to their phones to random places. It wasn’t a few people in Minnesota – it was herds of people playing.
Back to our imaginary friend day. Sometimes we need to get out of our head and ask other people what they think, feel, and desire. Stop being Henry James for a day and go out into the world and actually talk to real people. If you want to get over your shyness, walk up to a complete stranger and ask them who their imaginary pet is. Do this with confidence, instead of a shy awkward.
I’ll being doing the same with my dragons and fat, chubby cats that bounce on their toes and make snarky comments. Not that I really think what they say. Well, not out loud. It’s time to survey friends and family. Then, write down the results. Most of all share in the comments so that we can all laugh together.
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