Illustration by Ana Hinojosa.

A few months ago, we asked you to daydream your past life. Your creative responses were amazing! So I thought it would be fun to go in the other direction. Who–or what–will you be the next time around? I’ve always thought it would be interesting to come back as a cat, maybe have adventures like the street kitties of Istanbul in the documentary, Kedi. Or what would it be like to come back as someone living on another planet, studying Earth and contemplating first contact? Would you have flashes from your life now in your new life? What would that be like? Alternately, if it is hard to imagine yourself in the next life, what about someone else? Who might your childhood pet come back as? Is Prince, David Bowie, or Aretha Franklin back in some new form? Are they a literal star or planet now? What do they see? This can be a way to process grief, love, or even anger. It might be cathartic, for example, to imagine what Donald Trump has in store for him the next time around…

As always, express your future vision in whatever form speaks to you: prose, poetry, visual or a combination thereof! Send it to us along with your first name, last initial, age, and city/state to [email protected] with the subject line “Creative Prompt” by Wednesday, November 21 at 6 PM EST. Last month, we asked you what you would do if you were a ghost for a day. Here’s what you told us…