We all have that ideal person we want to be.
That imaginary, idealized person who drifts into our daydreams during a Wednesday afternoon budget meeting.
This imaginary-self is usually a mix of various people you admire. And everyone’s imaginary- self is different.
Some are a cross of Conan O’ Brian, Beyoncé and Martha Stewart.
For others it’s a mix of Joe Rogan, Bill Gates and Morgan Freeman.
And for others it’s part Frank Lloyd Wright, part Tony Bennett and part Jane Austin.
But my imaginary, idealized person? My imaginary-self?
Robert Macfarlane describes him with incredible detail in his book Underland: A Deep Time Journey
There is something of the polar bear to Bjørnar: there in his powerful physique, his heftedness to the north, those white eyes, and of course in his name: Bjørnar, the Bear, from the Old Norse bjørn. He is an intense, intelligent presence; a person you would want fighting for you and would dread as an enemy. He is not without self-regard, but I do not begrudge him that.
There is also a strong mystical streak to Bjørnar: unexpected perhaps, in a man whose working life compels him daily to such pragmatism and self-reliance. But – as I will learn – Bjørnar looks often through things: hard into them and right through them with those pale eyes of his. He looks through people, through bullshit, and the through the surface of the sea.Robert Macfarlane, Underland: A Deep Time Journey, pg 292-293, Chapter: The Edge.
A heftedness to the north.
A powerful physique.
The ability to look through the surface of the sea.
Add relentless, creative, box-to-box midfielder to the list and my imaginary-self’s profile is complete.
What traits does your imaginary-self possess?
And now some:
Heft - n. chiefly N. Amer. 1 weight. 2 Ability or influence.
Origin ME: prob. from HEAVE , on the pattern of words such as cleft and weft.