At the beginning of class, their teacher puts five words/phrases on the board: Jock, Prom Queen, Geek, Loner, and Friendly (which here means slut). The students are then asked to describe other members of the class using one of these words. After this short exercise, the class is divided into pairs, and each group is given a digital camera and a set of instructions to follow. At the end of the class period, each student is supposed to take a picture that shows how they see their partner.
Since she didn't get a chance to do this exercise when she was in high school herself, Princess shared her own answers to the instructions they were given and posted them; at the end, she invited anyone else who wants to do the same on their blog. Since I was impressed with the questions/instructions and her answers to them, I thought I'd give it a shot. Happy reading, everyone...
1. Share something personal with your partner.
I've always felt inadequate at pretty much everything I've done in life. I don't think I live up to people's expectations for me, or for that matter, my expectations for myself. It's partly because I was (unfavorably) compared to my siblings for most of my life, and partly because I have a lot of practice at self-criticism and I always feel like I could/should have done better.
2. Lighten up. Do an impression of a celebrity or famous character.
As Princess pointed out, it's hard to do this on a blog, but I'll try:
[crunching long carrot] Eh...what's up, Doc?
Thank you, thank you. I hope you enjoyed my impression of Bugs Bunny.
3. Admit something that worries you or something you're afraid of.
Deep down, I'm afraid that no one really likes me...and what's more, that there's nothing to like. I'm afraid that I'm constantly annoying people and that they're just too nice to tell me. I'm afraid of being too needy, too clingy, and that if I am that people will see how pathetic I really am and they'll hate me. Holy crud I cannot believe I just said that....
4. What do you want to be in ten years?
I want to be happy. Really, truly, consistently happy. (Yes, I know that was your answer, Princess, but who says we can't want them same thing?) The truth is, I've come a long way in the past few years, and I think that overall I'm a happier person than I was before, but in the back of my mind I'm always nervous that it won't last.
5. Tell your partner a secret.
I don't think anyone knows the real me. I'm not even sure if I do. And I'm afraid to find out, because I'm not sure I'll like what I find.
If I could take a picture of myself, it would be a black-and-white photo taken from behind of me standing on a hill staring off into the distance with my hair streaming out behind me. Wistful and hopeful at the same time.
As Princess mentioned, anyone else who would like to do this exercise, please feel free. I'd like to know what people have to say...