Welcome to What If Monday. Today’s question is: What if you had one day to do whatever you wanted with no consequences? The next day, everything would be back the way it was, no one would remember what you did, no jail time, etc. What would you do?
Things are different when you are young and feel invincible. You are much more likely to just do something, without weighing the consequences. At least, I know that’s how I am. When I was younger, it felt as though I were in a video-game, with an infinite amount of lives. Screw something up? That’s o.k, just hit the reset button. The older I get the more I realize that the Reset button does not exist. We only get one chance at this thing, and something we do today could potentially affect the rest of our lives.
But what if it didn’t? What if we could spend a whole day drinking without having to worry about a hangover, or ask out the attractive guy or girl without the fear of rejection, or something else crazy (see, I’m so old I can’t think of anything exciting).
How would this work? Would you take over someone else’s body for a day, leaving them to deal with the consequences? Or, would it be like Groundhog’s Day, where Bill Murray was able to live an entire day only to have things reset themselves at the end of the day?
Would you want to remember what you have done? Would this change the whole scenario for you?
All right, I’ve hit on a couple questions here in my rambling post. I think the topic is interesting, though, so I will post it any way. What would I do with a day of no consequences? Probably catch up on some z’s 🙂
I have been having a difficult time coming up with ideas to write about on this blog, but had an interesting idea last night that I would like to try out. I am going to try to write every Monday about a “What if?” scenario, imaginatively named What If Monday.
Driving home alone at 11:30 last night from my hockey game, not only alone in my car but seemingly on the road as well, I started to think about things. I looked down at the clock on my car’s dashboard and thought back a few hours to when I was rushing to my game. Not that rushing from place to place is unusual for me, and I doubt it is unusual for you. It often feels like I’m always trying to get somewhere else, with a clock in every room reminding me how late I am.
This leads me to today’s What if: What if the clock was never invented? Even, further, what if in addition to not marking time, what if we didn’t keep track of months and years? Sure we would notice the passage of “days” and we would notice the change in seasons in most parts of the world. Surely, we would still notice the changes in the moon from night to night. Would we be happier? Would there be less stress in the world? Never late for work, no birthdays, no set time to wake in the morning, no set time to go to sleep. Would things be better?
Is there something biologically inherent in humans that compels us to keep time? According to Wikipedia, the origin of our current system goes back all the way to 2000 B.C. There was something that compelled us to keep track of time even in those “simpler” times.
Feel free to leave you thoughts in the comments here or even on your own blog. Maybe this will even spark someone to write some fiction.