My friend Linda is figuring out what she wants be in her next life.
See, she’s Buddhist and reincarnation is part of her beliefs. Which is intriguing when you consider that her father had been a Christian chaplain in Patton’s army in WWII.
Anyway, she told me that in Buddhism a person has some control over what his or her next life might be like, at least if said person is spiritually aware. Since she’s a kind and compassionate lady, I bet she qualifies.
Her planning got me thinking: what if I had a next life too? What would I really want to be? Happy, of course, and a decent person who’s surrounded by a bunch of wonderful people. Also I meet the love of my life early on, which hasn’t happened in this life. But instead of being a writer or novelist, even a bestselling one, I want to be a legendary archeologist-slash-historian-slash adventurer. Which is almost what Layla Daltry is, except that she’s more of a shady antiquities dealer-slash-scholar on the edge of the law.
That’s my plan for my next life, at least if I’m reborn within the next hundred years. And assuming we idiot humans haven’t destroyed our planet with climate change, war and pollution. But what if I’m reborn about two centuries in the future?
Then I am so going to Starfleet Academy.
I am also definitely signing up to serve on the Starship Enterprise, which will certainly exist because we’ve already got an Enterprise in NASA’s fleet because a lot of NASA scientists grew up hooked on Star Trek. In a recent post about Material X and space travel, Michael Offut (SLC Kismet) takes it for granted that there’s a Starfleet Academy in our future. This gives me hope because Mike is so smart and understands physics, which I don’t. But in my next life I will.
So tell me please, if you could plan a life for yourself in the future, what would you do and be? Sure, it’s just speculation, but that’s how we can get ideas for our stories.