Creativity Exercise: Life Is Like…
“My momma always said, ‘Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.'”
Two words: Terrible. Simile.
The oft-quoted Forrest Gump phrase makes no sense, and here’s why: Boxes of chocolates almost always come with those flavor guide thingies that show you what all the chocolates are. So if you take the two seconds to actually look at the thing, you’ll know EXACTLY what you’re going to get.
In his book, A Whack on the Side of the Head, author/inventor Roger von Oech challenges readers to come up with new similes to describe what life is like.
“Life is like a jar of extra crunchy peanut butter. You want to enjoy it, but you never want it to end.”
“Life is like a snowball rolling down a hillside. It keeps picking up new things along the way.”
“Life is like a blind fish in the ocean. Usually there’s open water, but sometimes you hit a coral reef…or get eaten by a shark.”
“Life is like a guitar. The harder it’s played, the sooner the strings break.”
“Life is like drinking a bottle of whiskey. About a quarter of the way through you feel AWESOME. But as you keep going you feel worse and worse. Then you pass out.”
Feel free to contribute your own “Life is like…” similes in the comments section below!