(On July 3rd, Valeria Maltoni, gracious hostess at Conversation Agent made the 1,000th comment to this blog. So I asked her to do a guest post. Here it is. I think it's delightful and provocative. — Roger von Oech)
Roger has this fantastic series about "What ifs", so I thought I would pitch in with my own story and question back to you. We often seem to connect the dots after a spell — we see clearly when we look back.
Many years ago, in fact I was about 6 years old, I made a statement that my mother would forever slap me for in retrospect. You know when you ask your kids or a kid, "What would you like to be when you grow up?" And I must pause here, the "to be" vs. "to do" is being typically Italian here.
My answer was: "I want to be a translator in the United States." Huh? Where did that come from? There, there, a pat on the back and the conversation was over.
Yet… here I am, many years later (it's not polite to ask a woman her age, you know?) connecting the dots of all the things I always wanted to do and was able to express here. I would make a good ambassador, I'm sure -– I had a good work and fun life here so far. Much more opportunity than I would have had in Europe at the time, many more friends.
So here's are my questions for you. Take a few moments to "reflect" on them. I'd love to hear your thoughts.
• What if you looked in the mirror and saw the "you" from back then (you know — back when you started on your quest, journey, or mission)?
• What would you see?
• Looking at that younger person, would you be able to see something of what you've become? Are you able to connect the dots from now to then? If you knew then what you know now, what would you change? How would you go about it?
Update: What a fun "what if" question! It certainly made me and a lot of other people think!
Valeria: Thanks for creating such a provative post, and also for being a gracious hostess. We may have to do this again!