So, a good friend from the blogging world I play in, challenged me to a small writing exercise. I think the point is to get folks writing and discussing stuff about themselves. Okay, I can do this without too much embarrassment I think.
Here are my three questions:
- What hobby would you get into if time and money weren’t an issue?
- If you had unlimited funds to build a house that you would live in for the rest of your life, what would the finished house be like?
- What is something you think everyone should do at least once in their lives?
( One :: What hobby? ) I know this will sound strange, but I’ve thought a lot about it. I would like to stand up a small office with just a few experts who would help me create and deploy experience-based games that are designed to be both fun and enormously educational.
For example. I would like to be able to travel and present a experience game that puts about 20-30 young adults in a room with terminals and equipment to teach them personal investing. The computing system behind the game would drop them into a virtual world where they have some moderately large amount of money to invest. Perhaps the game would even give them some virtual opportunities to save or earn this virtual money, then I would take them through the steps of each type of investment, allow them to make their own decisions and then the game would cycle all of them forward some number of weeks or months in game-time so they could see how their investments paid off. They would be taught another few points, given time to adjust their portfolios and cycle again to see the results. Done correctly, this could be both huge fun and powerfully instructive.
I also have enjoyed doing some pastor-sermon-coaching and now have something of a formula for making sermons, shall we say, non-drowsy. I’d love to develop this material into an experience-based class. Again, it would be both huge fun and very helpful for all involved.
( Two :: Unlimited Funds to Build a House ) This idea is almost too far away for me to see anything accurately, but I’m willing to give it a go.
The first floor would have the common and normal rooms (living room, family room, kitchen) would all be spacious, hard wood floors and traditional styling with plenty of wood trimmings and large windows that can easily be curtained and blacked out as desired. Ample storage would be built-into each room. Furniture would be heavy wood-framed, but very comfortable for lounging, visiting or watching movies. There would be real wood burning fireplaces on the 3 sides of the home except the entry side.
The second floor would have some number of extra rooms. 1) a large library/study furnished with all our books and enough technology to enjoy and work with various on-line data sources. It would adjoin the. . . 2) Office, where both home and hobby business could be done. Meeting and presentation space would be part of this corner of the house. The third area would be a shop and craft and sewing room – all the tools and supplies needed to create cool physical stuff would be here.
The third floor would be the family bed, bath and sitting areas. Part of this floor would involve an open air patio with a view. Bedrooms would have large walk-in closets and the bathrooms would have to-die-for showers.
I’m going to stop this dream here. I’m not sure I can afford the property tax even for the idea of this house.
( Three :: Something everyone should . . . ) This one seems to be the best possible fun to think about of the three. If I could force everyone to do something once, I’d most likely offer them some choice in what they HAD to do. How about this. . .
You must chose one of the following and do it completely. You can do more if desired, but you must do at least one. You can chose:
- Read all of Gary A. Wilson’s stories from his Dime of Time collection. Okay, you asked a story writer to answer these questions, so you should have expected this.
- Make a list of at least 20 people who are still alive that you owe an apology to for something you did that hurt them, then deliver that apology, face to face, to at least half of them. Sacrifice to make it right if at all possible.
- Pay a large important bill for someone completely anonymously. By large, I mean at least more than your weekly take home pay.
- Sit in with a dying person and comfort them as they leave this world. You should be touching them when they take their last breath. Think about this. What would you say and do for them?
- Read the whole Bible with the guidance of someone to give you a plan and some explanation so you read knowing the context of what’s going on in each book.
That’s the list. Please let me know what you decided to do and how it turns out. And in case you’re wondering, yes, I’ve done each of these things – well, one is not quite finished yet. Guys – these things, if allowed, can change your life.