If you could live one “day in the life” of anyone, who would it be and why?

  • Donald Trump. Ultimate boss. John LaShorne, Brown County Eye Care, Nashville, IN

  • I would love a day in Mother Theresa’s life. She cared about people and valued everyone no matter what. Being a good person makes you good at so many things. Stacey Korte, Rockford Family Eyecare, Rockford, MI
  • Will Smith. Talented actor, solid business person and good relationship with his wife. Will Taylor, Eye 2 Eye Contact, Northville, MI
  • Don Knotts as Mr. Furley on Three's Company. Sweet scarf. Brian Parker, Temecula Eye Center, Temecula, CA
  • An emergency room technician. I would like to experience what it would be like to really help people. Martha Davenport, Safe Vision, Wheatfield, IN
  • President Trump. Just so I could delete his Twitter account. Kevin Count, Prentice Lab, Glenview, IL
  • Walt Disney. Ken Boltz, OD, Kenneth D Boltz OD, Dublin, OH
  • Dr. Tanya Gill of Oakland Vision. I love the fact that she is so passionate about her business. I want to emulate the success and fun she has with her optometry practice. Michelle Wright, DePoe Eye Center, Sharpsburg, GA
  • Susan Tedeschi. I'd love to know what it's like to possess that level of skill and musicianship. She's pretty much my idol. Katie Root, Latham Family Vision, Latham, NY
  • The president. To have the ability to make positive change at the highest level. William Chancellor, Eye Can See Eyewear, McDonough, GA
  • Iris Apfel! She is so inspiring. Leah Johnson, Central Texas Eye Center, San Marcos, TX
  • Paul McCartney. He brings extreme joy to everyone to whom he comes in contact. Steve Whitaker, Whitaker Eye Works, Wayne, PA
  • Oprah. To see how she runs her businesses and rub shoulders with all of the fascinating people that she knows. Paula Hornbeck, Eye Candy & Eye Candy Kids, Delafield, WI
  • Bill Gates, no worries. David Saxton, Kern Optical, Gulfport, MS
  • Any A-List rockstar! Steve Nelson, Eye Candy Optical, Westlake, OH
  • My dog. So I can eat, sleep, and chase squirrels all day. Lee Dodge, OD, Visualeyes Optometry, Sherman Oaks, CA
  • This is a tough one, I mean who wouldn't want to be me? Michael Davis, OD, Opti-Care, Eldersburg, MD
  • Mother Theresa; to better understand humility. Cleopatra; to see Egypt during that time. Luna Lovegood, to let go of inhibitions and be a wizard. Pam Peters, Midwest Eye, Downers Grove, IL
  • Amal Clooney. She’s smart, beautiful and, duh, she’s married to George! Kathy Maren, Comb EyeCare & Eyewear, Western Springs, IL
  • Me, I enjoy my simple life. Cedric Mitsui, Big Island Vision Center, Hilo, HI
  • Jerry Seinfeld. Who doesn't like to make everyone laugh? He is respected by all it seems. He has great morals in his relevant comedy. He's been COMEDIANS IN CARS GETTING COFFEE and I think it would be cool to live that for a day. Heather Harrington, Elevated Eyecare, Denver, CO
  • Bethany Hamilton, she has the most amazing outlook on life and is always so positive and upbeat. Amy Pelak, Proview Eyecare Optometry, Corona, CA
  • Any billionaire just to have the funds to give to people in need and communities that need an upgrade. Prove that you can still come out way ahead while giving. Jeff Grosekemper, Casa De Oro Eyecare, Spring Valley, CA
  • Elvis singing on stage. Always wished that I could sing! Scott Keating, OD, Vision Trends, Dover, OH
  • My idol Warren Buffet.  Gene Gillan, Rush Henrietta Opticians, Henrietta, NY
  • Dwayne Johnson. I think my reasons why are self-explanatory. Josh Bladh, Dr Bladh OD, Diamond Bar, CA
  • It would have to be a rockstar. The rush of standing on stage, performing in front of thousands or tens of thousands of people would be amazing. Harris Decker, Eye Designs Of Westchester, Scarsdale, NY
  • Oprah … because she is Oprah. Katie McElvaine, OD, Springfield Family Vision, Springfield, MO
  • Donald Trump, to see how he wins all the time. Robert Easton, Jr, OD, Oakland Park, FL
  • I don't think that I would want to trade places with anyone. I'm pretty comfortable with who I am at the moment. Mitchell Kaufman, Marine Park Family Vision, Brooklyn, NY
  • Either the people that work in a panda nursery or the sea turtle hatchery. Angel Miller, Cynthiana Vision Center, Cynthiana, KY
  • Leonard Press. He is such a smart man and he can read extremely fast. I would love to be able to read that fast and understand the range of material that he takes in. Pauline Buck, OD, Behavioral and Developmental Optometrists, Miami, FL
  • I prefer to try hard to live a day in my own life the best I can. I frankly don't care live someone else’s. Zachary Dirks, OD, St. Peter and Belle Plaine Eyecare Centers, Saint Peter, MN
  • Nolan Ryan when he threw his last no hitter. Because he was 38 and it was special. BJ Chambers, Carrera Optical, McQueeney, TX
  • Mother Teresa, what a fabulous soul and loving to all. Julie Uram, Optical Oasis, Jupiter, FL
  • Taylor Swift. Kaleena Ma, MK Vision Center, Forest Hills, NY
  • Mike Wolf from American PickersTexas L. Smith, OD, Dr. Texas L. Smith & Associates, Citrus Heights, CA
  • Mother Teresa would be interesting to live a day in her life, to get a glimpse of how to truly serve others. Bridgett Fredrickson, Whelan Eye Care, Bemidji, MN
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  • I would like to live a day in the life of someone that is visually impaired to fully appreciate the magnitude of what the gift of sight is.  Selina McGee, OD, Precision Vision, Edmond, OK
  • I'd love to be Ellen DeGeneres for a day. She has fun at work, gets to meet/talk with anyone she wishes and always does things to make others happy. Christine Howard, Attleboro Vision Care, Attleboro, MA
  • Paul McCartney. To have the memories of being a Beatle would be amazing, one of the greatest musicians to ever live and the co-author of the song “A Day in the Life.” Mark Perry, OD, Vision Health Institute, Orlando, FL
  • A tour guide at one of the National Parks to experience the joy and excitement of people seeing the Grand Canyon or Yellowstone for the first time would be wonderful. Jennifer Leuzzi, Mill Creek Optical, Dansville, NY
  • Barbara Walters; meeting fascinating  people and asking them lots of questions while getting paid BIG bucks! Cindy Seemann, Design Vision Optical, Wauwatosa, WI
  • My mom. Growing up I would disagree with how she raised me but she brought value and morals and love into my life and what matters the most. Betty Aretz, The Eyecare Boutique, Wexford, PA
  • My son. He is autistic and I'd love to understand the way his mind works. Frances Ann Layton, Eye Associates of South Georgia, Valdosta, GA
  • Leonardo Del Vecchio. It would be interesting to know how he does so well and his thinking process. Roger Donna, Fichman Eye Center, Torrington, CT
  • A philanthropist; seems fun to teach and give. Sandip Chander, Primary Eye Care Associates, Burr Ridge, IL
  • I would love to be Alex Morgan for a day. She is an amazing athlete and it would be a dream to train with the pros and represent the USA. Sarah Jerome, OD  Look + See Eye Care, Minneapolis, MN
  • Elvis Presley. It just seems like he led the most messed up, crazy, incredible, ridiculous life! I would love to be able to perform onstage and know what it feels like to have millions of people screaming for you. Tracy Gillotte, Ophthalmology Physicians, Hatboro, PA
  • I would live in the life of Mother Teresa what a blessed soul and at peace and brings joy to everyone. Julie Uram, Optical Oasis, Jupiter, FL
  • I have a patient who has been purchasing eyewear from me for about six years. She’s kind, she knows her fashion and she has amazing traveling stories. I constantly tell my co-workers I want to be her... when I grow up. Renee Berry, Nappanee Family Eyecare, Nappanee, IN 
  • Honestly, my life is pretty good and I'm not sure I would want to live anyone else's! Cassie Nash, HD Optical Express, Lansing, MI
  • My wife who interviews celebrities for a living, has a promotional modelling company, is on television, and has been featured on TMZ. She gets invited to all of the finest restaurants and to see all the local acts from Atlantic City and the surrounding areas. I am the cameraman for most of her videos (@gotoWhitney on YouTube). Marc Ullman, OD, Academy Vision, Pine Beach, NJ 
  • Alexander Hamilton. James D. Hagen, OD, Hagen Eye Care, Miami, FL

This article originally appeared in the September 2018 edition of INVISION.      

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