“A writer once said, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” If this is true, which five people would you like to spend your time with?”
I’ve been staring at this for 10 minutes now. How am I supposed to answer that without offending people? My natural instinct is stick with people I know, not because I don’t like meeting new people (quite the contrary) but because they already know what they are getting themselves into. I say that like I’m a hard person to be around. I actually tend to be easy to take advantage of because I’m naturally generous and I genuinely care about almost everyone.
So if we eliminated people I know, who would I pick?
The first one is easy: The Dalai Lama. I don’t think I have to explain this one. If I do, then go do some research.
The second would be Chris Botti. I’m madly in love with the way he plays trumpet. His playing has always made me want to play more (I’ve played trumpet since I was 9).
Third: Haruki Murakami. He is hands down one of my favorite authors of all time. And he used to own and operate a jazz club at home in Japan. His cool quotient is through the roof.
Fourth would be John Mayer. Yes, I know he can be a total cad, but have you seen how he writes a song? I am totally dumbfounded by his process. I NEED that kind of influence in my life.
Fifth: The faculty in the English department at the University of Connecticut. Yes, UCONN is my alma mater and yes there are a few professors still there from when I was there. But the reason is that I’ve never been so inspired as when I was surrounded by their influence.
If we analyze my picks, what do we see? I see that I seek peace, joy and a steady stream of inspiration. What do you see?