Barbara: Yesterday’s post about souls was too evocative not to play with a bit more. Let’s put aside the question of old souls and new, and pick—if we could pick any through time (and let’s be cavalier with this, we won’t deeply examine all the nitty-gritty of those lives, but only the good, interesting parts)—which 5 lives would we want to have lived?
1. William Shakespeare. Gotta love the writing, writing, writing. Being in that bliss to that degree. Yummy.
2. Cleopatra. I know I said we wouldn’t deeply examine their lives, but obviously there is a lot of crap in this woman’s history. I still have to pick her because being a ruler and a woman in those crazy times must have been incredibly interesting.
3. Darwin. Man, talk about focus and problem-solving and observation and “being one with nature”.
4. Galileo. Again with the science and problem-solving. Also the whole idea of exploring outside the box and against all beliefs (to his great suffering, I know. Forget that part!). Fascinating.
5 Leonardo da Vinci. Oh, to be a painter and a thinker and to paint and think like him. Yeah, man.
1. Mary Queen of Scots—to have that grace in the midst of terror.
2. Barbara Streisand at the pinnacle of her career.
3. My husband’s first love.
4. Doris Day in the middle of Pillow Talk.
5. The human who discovered fire.