May 26, 2010

Someone asked me to do an exercise in the interests of getting to know myself. The idea is to isolate ten (just-ten) formative experiences, and then somehow (in this case using the written medium, in his case it was an acting class) that have somehow impacted the person I am today. I've been thinking about it, and its far more difficult than it looks. In fact, it's a bit of a nightmare wading through whatever it is I remember of my past (childhood is a little too murky for comfort) to isolate only ten pivotal incidents. But I'm going to try, over the next few weeks to think about this and to present to you what I create. If anyone is up for doing this with me, let me know, I'd appreciate some company on this little project! :)

12 comments:

who who said...

how does one participate?

Xeb said...

Haha, you tell me you're up for it and start thinking about it. And when you've decided how you'd like to respond, you post on your own blog (if you have one) or use any other online medium to share with us your experience(s). I have a feeling I'm going to end up with ten separate pieces, but you may choose to get your point across whichever way you like!

Roshni said...

Are these 10 incidents happy incidents or bad incidents or just incidents that mattered regardless in making you whoever you are right now?
I would take part... or... try.. I think 10 is a big number though..especially since Im still finding my ground.

Xeb said...

Just incidents that made a difference I think. It's definitely a tough one. Ten is a lot to write about/reflect upon, but in the grand scheme of things that have shaped you over twenty-seven years, it doesn't seem like all that much. That said, I'm still thinking about number one though...

Deepak Iyer said...

Those acting guys have some great exercises, and I can understand how it helps them.

But I guess I still don't get what after you've written them down? Or is it the exercise that will make you know more about yourself? If that's the case, I'd be interested in knowing why you don't know every bit about yourself. I'm serious.

P.S. Shouldn't it be twenty-eight years?

ibteda said...

Hmmm.. I'm on it. It will take a while though.

Rabia said...

I'm on it too! But why dont we make it more fun and do it in turns. Everyone gives one, and then for go for another round!

kay-tee said...

Im all for this project, as at this point in life, i have nothing better to do and thinking about my life and incidents that shaped me how i am and writing about them are some of my favorite things to do. but lately, i've realised how much of my life and my thoughts are based on my self. I dont need to indugle in this exercise, I'm already too selfish/self-indulgent and dont need to know more about my self.

kay-tee said...

p.s. can anyone guide me on what to do if I want to do some voluntary work for a mental health department or a mental asylum of sorts in Lahore....fountain house or something of that sort!??

Maybe that will help me get in touch with myself on a more positive note!

Xeb said...

D: Apparently, the process of unearthing (segregating from the rest of their memory) these ten instances is somehow supposed to contribute to self knowledge.

And no. I have some months to go before that horrible eventuality hits.

i: Goodie! Tag me whenever you come up with your first one.

Rabz: That actually sounds like a good idea! So who's playing? So far we've got:

who who (I think)
Roshni
ibteda
Rabia

Deepak Iyer said...

X: Back to my first ques, why do you not know everything about yourself?
That's a larger problem as I see it, innit?

Roshni said...

I am seven years of incidents behindd so its gonna' be harder. lol. Im in it though.. ^.^ -n0ds-