Have you ever thought about what colour you would be if you were a crayon??
I was listening to the radio yesterday as they were running through some questions that people wanted to ask Andrew Denton (if you don’t know who he is, he is Australia’s answer to Sir Michael Parkinson). Now there were some very cool and interesting questions, however one which Denton mentioned specifically was “If you were a crayon, what colour would you be?”. In fact Denton said that it just blew his mind.
Now on first thought I figured, sure, as if that was a question that would be mind blowing. It’s such a simple question. However upon reflection it is not actually one which is so easy to answer.
My initial thought was I would be Red because that’s my favourite colour…. but there is so many more dimensions to the question.
Is choosing your favourite colour really the best choice?
It would be easy for me to answer the question with Orange as being my favourite colour.. however is that the right choice? Is the question much deeper than that?
Maybe I would like to be Blue because I love the feeling of calm and peacefulness. However I could also be Green because I want to change the world.
I also love to be happy… so maybe yellow would be a good choice?? but maybe I should go with Red because I like to be different… or pink because I like to support charity.
What you first see as a simple question could be answered in so many ways. It is not just about choosing your favourite colour. It is diving much further into our emotions then we may even know how to go.
In fact I agree with Denton. This question is simply mind blowing… I just don’t know where to begin to answer it. There are more dimension and angles then my brain can handle all at once. It is a question that takes a lot of time to answer.
Why can such a simple question be so hard?
It’s all about how you think about the question. Simple questions can show the type of person you are. They show how deep your thinking is, and can touch on many aspects of your inner emotions.
Now I don’t proclaim to be any sort of expert, in fact I am far from that. However I believe that these questions are hard because we are forced to weigh up our life into one simple answer.
It is not just asking ‘what is your favourite colour?’ but it is really asking ‘If you could sum your entire life up into one single colour, what colour would you chose, and more importantly why would you choose that colour over all the other ones you might have chosen?’.
We are forced to think deep by a question which is on the surface very simple. I would go as far as to say that simple questions are in fact the hardest questions to answer. They are the most open questions you can ask. They have a multitude of answers, and no person can be wrong in their answer. The question is entirely what you make of it.
So what colour would I be?
I am really at odds to decide which answer to give for this, but I think that if I was a crayon I would be Green. The reason for this is because Green is associated with change and more importantly it is a symbol for life and I would love to know that I brought a bit of life to the world.
So my question to you is this….
What colour crayon would you be?