For this two-minute speech, you will fill "any old bag" with three items. The bag and each item chosen should symbolize something about your life: the first item should describe something about your past, the second item should relate to something about your present and the third item should explain something your future. The bag should also symbolize something about you in some way.
Try to think of innovative items that will give the rest of the class insight into your interests, hobbies, job, goals or concerns. Avoid items that are too small to see (driver's license, keys, pen, small photos) and other items are too common (textbooks, notebooks, class schedules). Be creative, but also be reasonable. No illegal substances, firearms, etc. If in doubt, ask me before you bring it to school.
Ideas for bags: Shopping bags, gym bags, luggage, diaper bags, fanny packs, bowling ball bags, pillowcase
Ideas for past objects: A large band-aid (as a child, always wanted attention), a bag of coffee bought in Caracas, Venezuela (en route home from serving in Desert Storm), a mason jar of farm dirt (symbolizing responsibility and hard work), a stuffed cow (used to be bullheaded), bread crusts in a zip-lock bag (as the youngest of ten children, got lots of hand-me-downs and leftovers), and a bandanna (as a former gang member)
Ideas for present objects: AA Sobriety Chips, a campus map (claimed to be lost on campus and in life), a troll doll with hair standing up on end ("Eek! I'm stressed!"), a pair of eyeglasses (to see where life will take you), an assortment of fast food wrappers (always on the run), and a green wig (what NOT to do in beauty school)
Ideas for future objects: a miniature one dollar bill (going into teaching), a flak jacket (also going into teaching), a sling (sports medicine), a stuffed monkey clutching a blanket (looking for security), a stack of handwritten legal pads (a rough draft of a novel waiting to be published), a magnifying glass (forensic science), and tax forms (accountant)
Any questions? See me.