Day 2: Create a character with personality traits of someone you love, but the physical characteristics of someone you don’t care for.
“I know this guy. He is probably the most straight guy, I have ever met. He works in the same team as me, and I never had expected for him and me to be best buddies.
I clearly remember the first time I met him. My first impression, based solely on his looks and attitude, was that of a rather fat, obnoxious and downright revolting guy. His long goatee speckled with a mix of grey hair and balls of cluttered, unkempt brown hair, resembling that of one of the homeless guys on the bench near the harbour. His long hair, equally a mix of grey and brown, tied with a blue scrunchie, wearing distinct sign of not having been washed for just a little too long. His nose, enourmous and an undismissable feature of his face, always attracted your attention, when not being paralyzed by the sweat marks under his huge man boobs and arm pits, even on a cold day.
On first sight, he was a sight for sore eyes indeed. But, as the story goes, a book should not be judged by its cover.
I first found this out, during our first team meating at work. He had this arrogant, upstock air about him, the sense that no matter what you came up with, you sucked. And, initially, this was in fact the reaction. At least on the surface. On this particular meeting, after having dizzed a few of my older collegues, I slammed my fist on the table, looked him straight in the eye and said: “Enough! Shut the fuck up and treat people here with respect!” Contrary to my aim, this became a turning point.
The wall had been tipped over.
Behind the arrogant facade, a kind, loving, giving, supportive and most of all listening friend was hidden. This guy has ever since, been my constant in an ever changing work place. No matter what the problem was, I could always count on his oppinion. Not in the way of always padding me on the back, on the contrary, I can count on being met with critism and a Devils advocate. But this is what I need. Don’t we all.
So, it is true what they say. Don’t judge that book by its cover. It might be the best you’ve ever read.”