You and your friend are on the road. Together you’ve traveled nearly 2500 miles and you’ve seen more of the country than ever before. What an education!
“I talk funny?” You smile at the thought.
If ever there was a case of subjective point of view, this is it.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to hear the way you sound through the ears of someone you think of as having an accent? To actually tune in on the nuance? How about how the music you love sounds to a teen or pre-teen? What makes a person like or dislike a certain genre? Where does taste come from, and how is it experienced internally? What about various forms of prejudice?
Aside from the use of imagination, I know of no way to experience me, or the people I know, through the eyes and ears of other cultures, or even other parts of my culture.
While we’re at it, why not take it one step further (or closer), and imagine the difference between how you see yourself, and how someone who spends time with you every day sees you? Do you think, if it were possible to do an in-depth study, both experiences would be the same? I doubt it.
As a writer you have the opportunity to explore and express many ideas, points of view, ways of thinking. Perhaps the best we can do in this instance is to closely and cleverly imagine what it would be like to look at ourselves from other’s eyes, or to hear us with other’s ears.
Today’s challenge is to make up a description of you through the eyes of another. It may be complementary, it may not, but you should look for as honest an assessment as possible. Imagine what it is like for someone who is not you to experience the being that is you.\
This may be the trickiest challenge we have faced in this series.