This week is 7 People I’d Like to Meet. It wasn’t really specified if they had to be living or not, so I do have one impossible meet on there. But all the others are possibilities, although probably a little far fetched!
Here are my 7 People I’d Like to Meet:
- Jenny Lawson. I just finished reading her debut book, “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened.” I laughed out loud at many parts, but I also related to some of her struggles. She seems to have been dealt quite the hand in life – a bit of a different upbringing, some depression and anxiety issues, miscarriages, arthritis, and I’m sure more. Through all of it, she doesn’t have a Sally Sunshine outlook, but she does deal and get through it. Yes, I’m sure she complains because, well, a lot of it sucks. And I like that she’s realistic about that without being “poor, poor me” about it.
- Barack and Michelle Obama. Maybe I thought of these two because we’re in the midst of the second inauguration hoopla, but I really am intrigued by the Obamas as leaders, as a couple, and as individuals. The President seems to carry some of the traits of his greatest predecessors (in my opinion) – he inspires like JFK did, he tries to help those in need like FDR did, and he has charisma like Clinton did. This combination is fascinating to me. As a first couple, he and his wife seem so in love and to truly respect and admire on another. With all the slimey politicians in Washington, it is refreshing to see a healthy and happy marriage. The First Lady seems to be an intelligent woman as well as a patient mom. Parenting in the public eye can’t be easy, but she appears to handle it well. And her initiative of promoting healthy eating and exercise with America’s youth is admirable. She is not targeting a specific population that is in need, but every child in America.
- See above (I’m counting them as 2!)
- F. Scott Fitzgerald. One of my very favorite writers. I would love to be able to ask him if his struggles in life made him a great writer, or if he excelled in spite of them. Did his drinking make him a better writer, was it a way to manage the demons, simply a part of life, or something else? And the stories he must have from his ex-Patriot days abroad. He must have been fascinating to talk to.
- Taylor Swift. I am so in awe of her drive, determination, focus, and maturity at her age. Yes, her love life is a mess and often the source of Hollywood teasing, but really, how together was your love life in your late teens and early twenties. I know mine was just as much of a mess, it just wasn’t publicized. (Thank God!) I love how involved she is in her career and makes almost every decision herself. While at some point she will learn she has to let some things go, right now it is making her one successful young lady.
- J K Rowling. Her creativity is amazing. Coupled with her generosity (I read the other day, she lost her billionaire status because she donated so much money to charities and causes. Wow.), I think she would be fascinating to talk to. I’d love to ask her about her work habits, her view on charity, and how she sees herself. I’m sure all of these answers would be worth listening to!
- Ryan Gosling. OK, I ran out of good ideas. And I don’t know that I want to meet him, so much as I would like to sit and look at him. Maybe he has some interesting things to say, but really, who could focus on what he was saying? (And you’re welcome for choosing the shirtless picture!)
Who would you like to meet?