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Old 07-27-2008, 06:04 PM
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If you could change anything about your life right now, what would it be? Would you be the same person, but living a totally different life? Would you want to be rich and famous? Where would you live? I'm talking about your own personal existence - not changing the entire world into some peaceful utopia. Let's say external factors (eg: government restrictions) don't affect your life and you are free to live exactly as you wish.

The only conditions are the scenario must be realistic to some degree (eg: no weekend time travel escapades or magically healing illness with the touch of your hand) and it must be on planet Earth right now.

Here's mine, roughly:

I'd be a potato farmer and homebrewer of craft beer, either somewhere in France or Japan with mild winters. I'd have a plot of land around 5 acres with a fresh water stream running through it to provide irrigation. My homestead would be self-sufficient (solar, wind & water power) and produce no waste. I would share the homestead with a partner who did his or her 50% to keep things going. No children. I would get around on bicycle or horseback, and my horse would be my best friend. A few cats to scare mice away from my food storage. There would be a lot of rabbits & squirrels around, but somehow they would not mess with my crops. I would subsist mainly on a barter system with area residents, but when I did need money I would sell my beer to local pubs and markets as well as design flawless websites because I would secretly be a technological genius. Despite there being a great diversity of people in my nearby village, everyone would be friendly and crime nonexistent. We would all help each other, without prejudice or expectations. I'd look pretty much the way I do now, but I would want a smaller nose and just slightly bigger boobs (not from surgery, just naturally born that way). Once a year I would take a one month trip to another part of the world and live as locals do, learn new things. I'd have a massive library of books which I would share & swap with others, and I would be multi-lingual. I would be healthy and strong until the day I died, which would be around age 60. One night I would just go to sleep peacefully and not wake up again, then I'd be cremated.
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