“If you had five other lives to lead, what would you do in each?”
Assuming that my personality, skills, and interests remains constant in each of those five hypothetical lives (which is unlikely, I will add–for a person is not just what she is but is also what she has lived through, and the Lords of Chaos hold sway over experience just as the Lords of Order hold dominion over matter):
1. Jewelry designer/studio jeweler
Living in Manhattan, designing sparkling beauties for the wealthy and the celebrities, and creating gallery pieces for the craft and art world, on a personal mission to propel the world of taste, design, and aesthetics forward.
2. Fantasy and Literary Novelist
Best-selling novelist whose epic fantasy sagas and thought-provoking literary works are breathlessly sought after by publishers and readers alike.
Impartial and compassionate, yet firm and unyielding in the task of interpreting and applying the Laws of our Land, for the continued welfare of our country. Career culminates in a Supreme Court Justiceship.
Yes, I am an atheist, but there is something about the cloistered life–days spent in contemplation, service, and with a close knit community of like-minded souls–that I find appealing. The religious bits and asceticism are a bit much, however.
5. Presidential Cabinet Member (preferably under Obama)
To serve my country as a thinking, creative problem-solver–to be a technocrat, rather than a politician, using my expertise and skills and passions to propel the country into a new age of progressive humanist ideals–what could be more meaningful or patriotic?