If you could spend the next year as someone radically different from the current “you” — a member of a different species, someone from a different gender or generation, etc. — who would you choose to be?
This is a really hard question to answer for me. Out of all the people in the world, be it from the past or present, there is just so much potential to explore the greatest minds of history.
Imagine living in the ‘skin’ of a caveman when the mighty dinosaurs roamed the earth. Fighting and hunting for your food, running from the mighty beasts before becoming dinosaur kibbles, all while trying to find a nice cave to live in and kill a nice furry beast to make warm clothes for the winter so you don’t freeze to death.
Being an ancient gladiator would be an interesting life to live. Kill or be killed on the sands of ancient Rome. Listening to the 1000’s of screaming Romans wanting nothing but blood and death from you. If you live through your fight you are a god for a day. Everyone loved you and rained gifts down on you. On the other hand, if you did poorly and looked up at the crowd you could see the games master gives a thumbs down while the gladiator lifted his sword for the death blow.
To jump into the skin of some of the worlds greatest minds would be an interesting thing to do for a year: Benjamin Franklin, Nikola Tesla, William Shakespeare, Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Charles Dickens, William Ford, Joan of Arc, Albert Einstein, Mark Twain, Walt Disney, Daniel Boone, Hugh Hefner, Oprah Winfrey, Marilyn Monroe, Pocahontas, Helen Keller, Aristotle, Homer, Jesus.
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. What about all the “b-list” famous people that accomplished great deeds in their own right that might not have changed the course of history, but were still big deals in their own right.
Of course you could go the other way and pick some of the infamous people to jump into just to see how their mind worked: Adolf Hitler, Al Capone, Bonnie and Clyde, Jesse James, Jeffrey Dahmer, Vlad the Impaler.
The list can go on and on. Suffice it to say. I’ll just stick with my skin. I know where I came from and what I have done, but my future is wide open. Who knows what could happen.