Your animal spirit

Imagining your life as a movie


Written by jack friks

Last Updated: Sep 23, 2023

Much of our lives are spent doing things we probably wouldn’t choose to be doing if we were proactively considering how it would look in a movie. Take for example that someone was putting your life into a film. In this film now imagine that it was only casted with animals, which animal would you be? Why would you be this animal? What animal would you prefer to be?

All of these questions lead to another question which is: What can you do today to be the person you want to see in your life’s movie? What can you focus on that you want to see more of?

This process may seem wishy washy, it kind of is… but the truth is also this: The more cheesy stuff is also usually the more meaningful stuff… or at least this is a truth I’ve come to believe, maybe I’ll put it in my own movie.

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Here’s how I imagine it…

When I imagine myself as an animal spirit I would prefer to be the golden retriever of curiosity mixed with a lion of persistence and strength: kind of like a partly goofy, partly curious, but also equally shamanic lion that doesn’t take himself too seriously.

This is how I see myself in my own movie, as an animal and as a person. In seeing myself as this spirit animal I can then also imagine myself today working on developing what I want to see more of in myself. That’s the point after all, for this cheesy wishy washy ness: to get results!

… and guess what we must do in order to get results. We must create something, not just anything, we must create a story: and it is not enough to just create a story in this scenario: we must craft the story to what we want to see more of!

How do you do this?

I can’t say I know for certain how each and every human should or would go about it, but I can tell you what I think may be of help to many.

Ask questions about yourself, and answer them + Think about what you enjoy, what you’re curious about, what you want to see more of… ask questions on how you can see more of it, proceed in this endless loop until you have crafted a story that gives you goosebumps or some sort of conviction.

Start small: start with your first steps in the story i.e. where you were born, who your parents are, your first recollection of conscious thought.. You know, the simple stuff… and then work up to where you are now, where you’re going, where you want to go most, how you plan on getting there, how you have now idea on how you’ll get there & what you’ll do regardless, etc, etc.

At the end of the day a story is more so about how it makes you feel than what it is telling you logically. I didn’t discover this until I was halfway done writing my book i’m writing now, so you may (if you were to buy my book) see the pace of some chapters change dramatically from logical steps to me grasping my own feelings and putting them onto the page.

What you should focus on? Where do you want to go?

You should focus on what makes you feel compelled to take the first step, what parts of your story make you feel sad, mad, happy, frustrated: how did you overcome them, how will you overcome them. You don’t have to write it all down (although it wouldn’t hurt) just think about the things that matter to you, and focus on them more in the ways you'd prefer to see them.

Creating or crafting a story that convinces you, by the feeling it brings, to live in your movie life, or your ideal animal spirit, this is where you may want to aim. Or not, you should do whatever feels convincing to you. Where do you want to go? Who do you want to be? Only you can know, only you can see.

- wow, I really got lucky with that last line, it rhymes, it flows. pretty proud of that creation, felt worthy of my craft (even though it was sort of an accident, a happy one!)

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jack ♠️

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