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Old 09-04-2007, 07:27 PM   #16
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This is an awesome thread. I'm totally freaked out how like, all of these parallel lives, are in-line with what I would hope for.

Cool.
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Old 09-04-2007, 08:15 PM   #17
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I agree, this is an awesome thread. I could think of so many things, but maybe it's best to answer this in a spontaneous way instead of overthinking it.

I am basically me (with some positive improvements non-physical wise) only stunningly beautiful (and much younger), with a perfect body. I know I'm supposed to be the same exact person with a different life, but I don't care-it's my parallel life and I'll do what I want I am in a fabulous relationship with a great guy- maybe a professional baseball player with a great personality, he's very sweet and wonderful and a very good person. The money he makes allows me to pursue various charitable projects and other interests such a photography. And I also start my own business (maybe a jewelry store) and have my own work and professional life. In the offseason we stay at our fabulous beachfront house in Hawaii, and we also own a cottage in Ireland.

It's perfect-when we get tired of each other there's always baseball season. He's a great player so will never be without a team and will play until he's at least 45, steroid free. After he retires I take an executive job with his team and they win the World Series.

If I really sat and thought about this I would come up with something much more meaningful and practical.
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in my parallel life my dog and i would wander different communities, particularly those that have experienced negative things (i.e. disaster, tragedy, violence, poverty), and just bring some light and love to people who need it. be it in the form of hugs, advice, or even listening in silence. doing whatever, but most importantly being there for others, helping them heal and giving them hope...all the while learning a bit more about myself and the world around me too.
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in my parallel life my dog and i would wander different communities, particularly those that have experienced negative things (i.e. disaster, tragedy, violence, poverty), and just bring some light and love to people who need it. be it in the form of hugs, advice, or even listening in silence. doing whatever, but most importantly being there for others, helping them heal and giving them hope...all the while learning a bit more about myself and the world around me too.
Ah, Mia--that is beautiful!
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Old 09-05-2007, 04:26 AM   #20
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I am enjoying these. Thank you.
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Old 09-05-2007, 04:54 AM   #21
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First off I'd be stinking rich. And with that money I would set up a really cool arts complex -- creation space, living space, performance/exhibition space -- for a variety of art forms (2D and 3D visual artists; musicians; dancers; etc.) that would be accessible for artists from student/beginning level on. I'd make sure it would be both affordable (since I'm stinking rich I can afford to subsidise it) and yet have a bunch of very cool bells and whistles for both artists and patrons alike. I'd also set up grants and scholarships and such for individual artists (in all fields) and arts organisations. And I'd fund a few of my favourite bands.

I would live on a nice chunk of land (at least 200 acres -- more like 300) in a part of the country where there are four distinct seasons well outside any city. Partly wooded rolling land where my cats and dogs could roam outside without fear of cars (we'd be well back from any road...and the closest roads would be lightly travelled back roads anyway). I'd have horses -- at least a few. I would have employees to maintain the fences and grounds (I always did suck at that stuff), and someone to clean the house. The house would be set up to be very green -- solar panels and all that -- and would have a very open floor plan but wouldn't be huge.
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I would have to live on water, with trees and hills or mountains. I need the differential in height. I need to look up at things and I need to look down at things. I need to hear and smell water.
I would rather earn a lot of money than be given it. (But if somebody gave it to me, I wouldn't say no in case anyone is inclined to offer). I'd be a screenplay writer of dark and hilarious films and maybe I would write a humor column and short stories. I think I would do just one novel. I'd teach one or two literature classes and nurture a promising young writer or two.

I'd have enough fame to have clout and access, but not enough to have celebrity. I'd rather a cult following than a mass following.
I'm needy of ego stroke, but it doesn't have to be universal.

I'd have more than one place to live, maybe a working farm in Washington state (I'm NOT the one doing the working, lol, but I can handle the morning chores) and a house on water in France.
I would need a lot of space. A lot of land, many rooms. And a small place along the Mexican border. I'd speak fluent and fluid Spanish and French and have a stable of horses including a black stallion and a chestnut mare and rangy dogs and marginally friendly cats.

Although I need privacy, I need to be close to my friends. I'm not good at long distance friendship. And I'm social, so I would need people not too far from me I could relate to. I'd have a string of relationships because even in a parallel life I can't imagine myself doing marriage well.
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I would have to live on water, with trees and hills or mountains...
I'd be a screenplay writer of dark and hilarious films and maybe I would write a humor column and short stories....

I'd rather a cult following than a mass following.
I'm needy of ego stroke, but it doesn't have to be universal....

I would need a lot of space. A lot of land, many rooms....

and rangy dogs and marginally friendly cats....

Although I need privacy, I need to be close to my friends. I'm not good at long distance friendship. And I'm social, so I would need people not too far from me I could relate to. I'd have a string of relationships because even in a parallel life I can't imagine myself doing marriage well.

I want to be you when I grow up.
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Awsome thread, I just don't know where to start. I have been making up "parallel lives" for myself since I was a child, I have always thought up imaginary friends and people I would like to be surrounded by. Guess that says a lot about my real life, doesn't it?

In my parallel live I would be prettier and have long dark hair. I would be writing books and poetry and be able to live as a writer and artist. I would also paint and have a lot of friends who are artists. I would have a nice appartment in a European city, not too big, in an old house, I would live with two cats and have a big library and a nice office with a green park or garden view.

Apart from that, I'd like to have a house (not a villa or a mansion, nothing big or lavish) at the countryside, maybe even somewhere at the sea, where I can go and be creative. I would like to grow my own fruit and vegetables in the garden and have people coming over for dinner and/or a drink.

I would be much more communicative than I am now and a litle less introvert and have friends who like to have discussions about all kind of topics. I would be really into music, also classical music and the opera, and very well educated about music, literature, art, science and many more things. I would know a lot about wine and maybe have a little vinyard myself.

I would also like to be friends with Bono and I would like him to call me or write me e-mails and letters and I would like to have long hours of discussions and conversations with him about all kinds of topics. Maybe he'll hire me to write a biography about him or the band, and I could accompany them on tour.

I would also like to take more action for social causes and help those whose lives are less fortunate. I would love to be involved in different projects and work with inspiring people, who are passionate and commited to what they are doing.

I would also travel much much more than I do now.
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Edited: I was chuckling at Anna's post, not last unicorn's. Simultaneous posts. There is something so bohemianly peaceful about last unicorn's parallel.
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In my parallel life I am actually getting through on the phone to order tickets to see Bono in Philly.

OH wait, that's probably not what this thread is looking for.

I can't really answer this because I'm a senior in college and I am figuring out my life right now...so I could say my fantasy life/career but it would be more goals that I still might acheive and less parallel life. I guess that I could say that while I'm on a career track to become an expat and work in refugee and conflict issues, my other careers that I will always nostalgically look back on and think "what if" are doctor/MD-PhD working in emergency medicine or a novel and short story writer who gets to travel a lot.

Speaking of, as maycock said, I too have been laying off the FYM because classes have started.
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Career: I run a thriving theatre company in a US metropolitain area that's not New York (Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle) that has an educational component and where the "real" actors come to work when they're tired of being offered shitty Hollywood scripts.

I also work with a non-profit group that uses the arts to raise awareness of pertinent social issues in developing nations.

Leisure: Since I run the theatre company, I can choose to direct when I want to and have plenty of time for my family but there's also plenty of time for travel to Europe, South America and Africa.

Personal: My husband gave up his lucrative career as the drummer in a band called U2 to join me in my worldwide artistic endeavors. My son is still the cutest thing on the planet.
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Old 09-05-2007, 02:33 PM   #28
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I want to be you when I grow up.


me too. i really can't expand on that any further.

except i'll swap "Washington farm" for "Central California Coast villa" and add a loft in Manhattan as well, and i'd like to set aside one month a year where i'll rent an apartment in a different city across the world and attempt to live as a local and write about it the whole time.

and everyone will flock to my blog to read my humorous-but-penetrating insights.

ETA: i'll take a year and study the culinary arts, yet miraculously never gain a pound
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If I do my research right and save up my money, my parallel life could come true this summer. I found a site that helps college students find summer jobs in the UK and Ireland!
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If I do my research right and save up my money, my parallel life could come true this summer. I found a site that helps college students find summer jobs in the UK and Ireland!
Is it BUNAC (http://www.bunac.org/)? Most other schemes will charge fees for things that you could do yourself for less money.
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