Don’t know if you have seen the ABC’s series LOST, but I am a Huge fan of it. Watched it from the first episode to the very last. If you ask, I was disappointed of the ending because for me, many questions were left unanswered. However, I see how some people might have liked the ending.
Anyway, if you haven’t seen the series LOST, I’ll give you the simple scope about it since it gets MUCH deeper and A LOT more complicated. It’s about an airplane carrying passengers crash on a mysterious island. In the following seasons, the characters deal with a whole bunch of confusions like time travelling, polar bears, smoke monster, the protector of the island, etc etc etc. But that’s not important.
It is obvious that if you were stranded on an island with a whole bunch of strangers (well, maybe you were travelling with someone else – your son, your wife, your sister, etc) you will end up establishing relationships with other survivors, good relationships or bad relationships.
Your task is that, next time you are in a bus, a train, the subway, or any place with lots of people think about what would happen if you were all stranded together in a deserted island. Think about the relationships you would build and which person takes what role in the group. Examples:
- Who would most likely be the leader of the group?
- Who would become your best friend(s)?
- Would you fall in love with anyone else in the group?
- Who would simply get on your nerves or become your enemy?
- Who would the betrayer of the group be?
- Who is most likely to die first?
- Who is most likely to survive in the end?
- Who would be the troublemaker?
- Who would be the greedy one who takes all the food for himself/herself?
- What would your group do to look for help?
Don’t stop there. Imagine scenarios. Imagine conversations. Imagine tragedies. Imagine funny things that could happen. Imagine other people’s background stories – Where were they going? Why are they travelling on this particular day at that particular time? Who is the person going to see? Do they have families? Are they married?
Sometimes I think about this when I’m on the bus or on the subway, and time seems to pass by a lot quicker. Just try not to stare at people for too long else they get suspicious.