An Exercise in Imagination
Let’s play a game.
I’m going to describe a situation. Visualize this situation in as much detail as you can. Where you are, what you see, what you hear. There will be two questions at the end.
You have a day off, and weirdly, you don’t have any other commitments at all. No family events, no errands, no social plans. The laundry is done and the gym is closed. But there’s this thing in town – a small convention on a topic you absolutely love. You know – you love reading or watching stuff about it, and your friends all come to you with their questions because you know more about it than anybody they know.
You don’t know what it’ll be like, because you’ve never gone to anything like this before, but it’s nearby, so you figure you’ll stop in and just see what it’s like. Maybe just for an hour.
When you get there, you’re surprised because it’s more crowded than you expected. You sidle in and start wandering around. Pretty soon, you’re excited. It’s so cool to be surrounded by all this stuff and all these people. Every conversation you walk by is one that you want to jump right into.
Sooner or later, you actually do. You’re looking at one display and the people next to you are chatting. Before you realize what you’re doing, you look up and correct a point. You apologize for eavesdropping, but they love it, and your conversation continues through to lunch, during which you all keep talking. Afterward, you go your separate ways, but you get each other’s information to keep in touch.
A couple of other people who became part of the conversation ask your opinion on one of the tangents that came up. You wander around looking at the rest of the place. Before you know it, you’ve spent the whole day there. It’s been awesome.
Ready for the two questions?
What were you wearing? Where were you when you interrupted that conversation? What fact did you correct?
Got it all?
Are you sure?
Okay. Here goes.
What was the conference about?
And… is that what you’re doing for a living?
I’m feeling very thoughtful about things like this today. This scenario occurred to me and I thought I’d share it and see what other people got out of it too.