(blog swap with astharis)

Today is Blog Swap Day, a regular 20 Something Blogger’s event that involves bloggers swapping real estate for a post.  My swap partner, Astharis,  is a young lady all the way from Brighton, England, who’s recently graduated university and writes a blog called Breached Hotel.  We decided we’d both speculate on swapping lives with someone for a day:

Although the concept of writing a post for another person’s blog is fairly simple, I wonder what it would be like to take that a step further and be able to live a day in the life of someone else. Further more, if I had a choice on who that person was, the possibilities would be endless!

It would be easy to say that you’d want to swap with one of the founders of Google, just to transfer a large amount of money to your own bank account. With the insane balances they must have I’m sure they wouldn’t miss a few million here or there! Exploring a huge mansion of some old business guru with it’s own inside pool, a dozen bedrooms, and countless amounts of lush furnishings could well suit my day nicely.

Andy Warhol once said that everyone will be famous for 15 minutes, and it’s easy to see what he was getting at with all the hundreds of reality TV shows these days. But what would it be like to actually live in the lifestyle of a superstar for a day? To hang out in the coolest places, with a multitude of other celebrity frenemies, sipping the most expensive champagne (I was this close to saying Cristal, but I’m no where near gangsta enough to pull that off. Less like Snoop Dogg, more like Snoopy). It may sound like a fun night out, but at a breaking point I’d just want it all to stop so I could go have a good sleep. I wonder whether a celebrity would find my life far too boring and low key? A lot of celebrities talk about how they wish they weren’t hounded by the press, and this would be the perfect opportunity for them to try that out!

Would it be too pretentious if I said Gandhi, or Mandela, or the Dalai Lama, etc? Yes? Okay, moving on. I think that would be entirely too unfulfilling on their part anyway.

I think that a lot of people at their most insecure will have once wondered: “What if I were more attractive? Funnier? Smarter?” I would bet that a lot of those people would even actively wish to really be something that they’re not. The grass always seems greener on the other side, but making a swap on that basis would be silly: The confidence issues you have would still underlie, and as they say, the only one holding you back is yourself. Perhaps making that swap could make you realise that you have the power of self validation.

The truth is… I’m not sure that I would gain much from spending a day in the life of any of these people. I may have an extra fun day or an entirely insane day, but I don’t think they would benefit me too much (A few million wouldn’t stretch very far, right?) in terms of growth. All I’d see were the differences from my usual life and there’d be no lesson for me to take away, just the experience.

So who would I swap my life with for a single day? A duck.

A duck has no concept of rich, or famous, or spirituality, or attractiveness.

They just swim around in a pond, waiting for the odd piece of stale bread.

Living a completely carefree and simple life like that would open my eyes to the fact that I spend everyday worrying about things that simply do not matter. It could be cold or raining, but as a duck I wouldn’t care at all! I think an eye opener like that could help a lot of people to let their stress roll off them like water off a duck’s back, and that’s definitely something that I need in my life. Perspective.

I’m fairly sure no one would notice if I were replaced by a duck for a day.

So there you have it. Above all of the fabulous choices I could’ve made, I’d like to rub feathers with the mallards for a day. Quack.

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