| Angie Counios

Come on baby, light my fire

The task

I do a basic exercise in my art class at the beginning of the semester, where I have the students make a list of 20 things they love. It's personal and useful.

This resolves the usual issue I hear whenever I assign a new project: "I don't know what to draw!"

However, the last time I did this, I said something that made me think, “Well, that’s kinda smart," and gave myself and imaginary pat on the back.

The application

As the students composed their lists, I told them:

"This list helps you come up with ideas. All good artists know themselves quite well. And, one more thing, if you want some good advice for life, get to know yourself really well and everything will be way easier. Like, everything.

*"If you know that you love working with your hands or you like cooking or you like talking, you get a job that suits you. You make better choices with who to date, who to marry, what kind of car to buy, how to spend your money. Seriously, all those decisions are so much easier and better decided if you really know yourself."

There were nods of understanding. I think they were getting what I was saying.

I hope they remember.

What about us grown ups?

Great advice for teens, but how well do we know ourselves as adults?

Where do our passions lie? Have we gotten off track or forgotten them altogether?

Can we make a list of 20 things we love?

It’s the fire inside that makes life worth living, makes waking up and makes working manageable.

My list

I can only speak for myself when I say that I really need to enjoy my life in a fun way almost all the time to be present within it.

I have a very long running list of all the things that ignite my daily desire to get me up and going. This list started a long time ago and I keep adding to it. A sneak peek shows that I love:

  • eating with chopsticks
  • coffee
  • summer time
  • fog (weird, I know)
  • listening to people tell stories
  • camping
  • the prairies

The Challenge

How about you? What would be some of your 20 things that ignite your passion or light your fire? I challenge you to send me some of them on Facebook or in the comments below.

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