More than a product of imagination, people’s “what ifs” are a source of precious lessons that reality doesn’t teach us. Often linked with negativities, a “what if” ironically allows everyone to get easy in life.
I have my own sets of what ifs, too. This time, I’d choose somebody who’ll live the life I currently lead. What if a young billionaire, say Mark Zuckerberg, take my place?
Among billions of people, why pick Zuck? Well, we’re contemporaries! In addition, his status highlights the extreme disparities among young adults worldwide. As someone living in a highly industrialized country, he could accept it as a challenge to try putting himself in the shoes of someone from the developing world. It’s like getting out of his comfort zone.
So, what’s Mark up to as a regular guy living in Manila suburb—minus his wife Priscilla and daughter Max? Just common daily experiences among Filipinos.
Mark’s day starts at 4:30 in the morning. He wakes up, does some physical exercises, takes a bath, grooms himself, and eats breakfast. At 6:20 a.m. he leaves the house and gets ready for a 20-minute commute to workplace (not the usual length of travel). He performs his job—squeeze some brain juices to produce various write-ups and contents—for eight hours. After working, he heads home and does some stuff: watch TV shows, read newspapers, have dinner, help siblings with their homework, and go online. Bedtime is at 10:30 p.m. The cycle of activities repeats during weekdays and changes minimally on weekends.
This daily routine may be new yet boring for Mark considering the difficulty of his role as a programmer and chief executive officer of Facebook. But living someone else’s life is but a great experience he’ll treasure forever. Turning tables is, indeed, the best way to understand well the extremes of humanity.
What if the given scenario happens for real? Nobody can tell; hence, make yourself prepared for whatever challenges that may come our way. If destiny brings you there, suit up for Mark’s post and create your success story to inspire others.
If you’re given the same opportunity, who do you like to experience the real-life situations you’re in? Also, I’d love to hear your feedback on this blog post. Share your thoughts in the comments section.