The prompt for Week 18 involves writing about what you really loved with two options. Option 1: Think about the objects and information you amassed as a child and make a list of your obsessions, interests, and hobbies. Write about one of them. Later make a list of what obsesses you now and explore the connections between the two. Option 2: What career or future did you imagine for yourself based on your interests?
I went with Option 2, and I surprised myself by how much I wrote about my desire to become a fashion designer. Especially during high school and after college I examined the amount of time and dedication I gave to the craft. Every holiday I sewed. Every weekend I sewed. It was how I expressed myself. I gave it up in 1983, after earning my MBA and getting a relatively high-paying job at AT&T.
I also constantly wonder about whether I should have heeded my guidance counselor’s advice to apply to and attend New York City’s Fashion Institute of Technology. I considered myself too intellectual to make a success of that, but still I wonder.
This prompt is a rich one, as I think about other interests I developed. I was an avid stamp collector as a kid, going to stamp shows with my father. In college, I developed a weird fascination with vampires and actor Christopher Lee who often portrayed Dracula in Hammer Films. I amassed an eclectic collection of books about vampires. Fortunately, this interest faded as quickly as it emerged. I also had and still have a fascination with movies, especially movies of the 1930s and 1940s. Any one of these interests could spark its own essay.
What future did you imagine for yourself? What fascinated you as a kid?