I created this image in 1998--inspired by The North Star book that I published the year before. Once I started thinking about the journey--it was hard to STOP thinking about it.
Where had I been?
Where was I now?
Where was I going?
Where was that I wanted to be going?
That last question was THE big North Star question. Just making a few degrees change to the course can land you in a very different place eventually. Ocean navigators know this well.
Oddly, during my school journey, we rarely seemed have much time for "North Star" thinking. I DO remember being asked: "What did you do on your summer vacation?" It was the standard, back-to-school chestnut which at least asked me to share a bit about me beyond the classroom. There were, to be fair, a number of teachers along the way who did care about me, but it was rare that the curriculum supported them being able to get me thinking and writing about who I was and what was going in inside my head.
The North Star InterviewI rounded up a few North Star questions for you. There are plenty more. You'll probably start thinking of them yourself once you get rolling. Your answers will help create a great snapshot of who you are--who you are becoming.
1. What is something important to you?
2. What special talent do you have?
3. What place has special meaning to you?
4. Who has helped you find your way?
5. What do you hope to do someday?
6. What do you need to be more happy?
7. What is a big dream you have--if reality wasn't an obstacle?
8. Who have you helped along the way?
9. If you wrote a book about your life up until now what would the title be?
10. If you wrote a book about your future what would it be titled?
Your answers will lead to more reflection and perhaps writing, drawing, painting, and singing. It might help you choose the next book you read or film to watch--or film to make!
It's totally up to you.