If you could invite anyone to a dinner party, dead or alive, who would you choose?
I have seen this question many times over and never made my list. Carefully, I have chosen people who have inspired me.
Here are my dinner party invitations, in no particular order:
Sir David Attenborough – Naturalist
As a nature-lover myself, I admire that Sir David Attenborough dedicated his entire life to the plant and animal world. In his early years, he was commissioned by the London Zoo to “retrieve” animals from their own natural habitat to study and be put on display. That was how it was done in the early days. Since then, he has educated and taught us that humans’ destruction of the environment could have been stopped or reversed and that extinction (in most cases) could have been prevented.
Quote from 2006 documentary “Can We Save Planet Earth?”
“In the past, we didn’t understand the effect of our actions. Unknowingly, we sowed the wind and now, literally, we are reaping the whirlwind. But we no longer have that excuse: now we do recognise the consequences of our behaviour. Now surely, we must act to reform it — individually and collectively, nationally and internationally — or we doom future generations to catastrophe.”
QUESTION: If you could change the world from one wish, what would it be?
Andy Warhol – Artist
One of my favourite art movements that emerged in the early 1960’s was Pop Art. The idea of Pop Art is depicting modern popular culture which was mass produced. Think of lurid colours and emphatic lettering showcasing Marilyn Monroe, Coca-Cola or Campbell’s Soup. Andy Warhol was certainly one of the most interesting leaders of the Pop Art movement.
I am fascinated by the life of Andy Warhol. It completely blows my mind. His studio in New York was called “The Factory” and was the place for hip artistic types to hang out and “party”. I recommend that you do some research or read any of the books about Andy’s life to know who passed through those doors on a regular basis. You’ll be surprised.
The controversial part of it all was that he had workers in The Factory, known as “The Warhol Superstars”, making his silkscreens and lithographs on his behalf.
“Everyone will be famous for 15 minutes.“
QUESTION: How would someone like me get an invite to The Factory?
Amelia Mary Earhart – Aviation pioneer, Author & Feminist
Amelia strikes me as being an individualist. Proud, courageous, self-motivated and intelligent. That is why I am drawn to her.
Although married, she never made plans to have children. You will have heard of her when I tell you she was the first female pilot to fly solo over the Atlantic Ocean in 1932.
Publicly she was a feminist and served as the first president of the “Ninety-Nines” (an organisation of female pilots), a member of the National Women’s Party and an early supporter of the Equal Rights Amendment.
She went missing in 1937, at the age of 41, while attempting to circumnavigate the globe.
“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward.”
QUESTION: When you were riddled with fear, what was it that kept you going? How did you deal with chauvinism?
Ernest Hemingway – Novelist & Journalist
Firstly I have to admit, I have never read any of his books. However, I often come across a quote that strikes a chord. It is simple and it is precise. I like that and generally all that I need to put things into perspective.
“Write hard and clear about what hurts.”
QUESTION: Could you ever imagine things like the internet and blogging?
Chris Martin – Singer and Songwriter
Lead singer, guitarist, pianist and songwriter from band the Coldplay. This man is the ultimate wordsmith. On many occasions his words and music has brought me unstuck with uncontrollable tears through my own personal experiences. I can only dream of having the same eloquence.
When you try your best, but you don’t succeed
When you get what you want, but not what you need
When you feel so tired, but you can’t sleep
Stuck in reverse
And high up above or down below
When you’re too in love to let it go
But if you never try you’ll never know
Just what you’re worth
QUESTION: How old were you when you realised that you could write? Did you ever imagine that it could make you famous?
Leonard da Vinci – A Polymath
A polymath is a person of great learning in several fields. Leonardo da Vinci, who lived in the 15th century, pottered around with invention, painting, sculpting, architecture, science, mathematics, engineering, literature, anatomy, geology, astronomy, botany, writing, history and cartography.
I am in awe of his many talents. What impresses me most was his inquisitive nature and ability to think outside the square.
There is an interesting fact that I distinctly remember reading about years ago, although a little disturbing, but ingenious all the same. Due to his curiosity of anatomy, and not being a physician, meant that he would have to hire grave robbers to dig up freshly laid corpses for dissection. Highly illegal? Yes. However he was able to identify all the bones and muscles of the body and how they functioned. In those days, this would have been considered a breakthrough.
“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.”
QUESTION: What would you say if I told you that nowadays some of the world’s best Doctors, Mathematicians, Architects, Authors, Geologists and Artists are women?
My Biological Mother
I am curious to know who you are and what you look like.
“I love you I’ll say one day just to see your face; then I’ll slowly walk away gone without a trace…”
QUESTION: Did you ever look up at the stars and think of me? Tell me about your life..
Who would you invite to your dinner party? Who has inspired you during your lifetime?