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Writer's Block: Trading places

If you could trade places with anyone in the world for one day, who would you choose and why? What if you could trade places for keeps, would you consider it?
It'd be a roundabout way to steal someone's resources, wouldn't it? Or do I get to trade places with someone who's physically perfect and has no disabilities, manage to do all the things I couldn't? So they're stuck with being me for 24 hours. Heh. That'd be amusing, I'd have to think of someone who needs to learn from the experience -- but I'd be worried about how they'd treat my cat and my loved ones.

For just one day and then I have to come back to this pain and weakness? I don't think I would do it. I don't know that I could handle the morning after waking up the way I feel today. Let's keep in mind a few other things about that kind of swap.

I'd be stuck with their family. If they were loved by their family, I wouldn't be who they loved and I'd know that. Same with social approval and fame for anything they did, their accomplishments are not mine.

And let's not forget that I don't have the skills to do that guy's job either even if I wound up with his office, subordinates and so on.

What I'd get out of it, the only real thing I'd get out of it, would be a day without pain. One day to compare and know exactly what life would have been like if I hadn't been disabled. I think it'd be too much. I think it'd make what I put up with all the time unendurable.

Not to mention that anyone who'd deserve to find out for 24 hours what it's like living with my limits would probably manage within those 24 hours to ruin my life and rack me up for weeks or months on overexertion for not knowing those limits. Or I'd come back to find out he'd gone and blown my savings on heroin to get through it leaving me with the monkey on my back and the weeks or months of bed rest from going way beyond my physical limits and racking up all the sports injuries, plus ruined my relationships and maybe hurt my cat.

Anyone who'd deserve that treatment, I wouldn't trust him with my cat.

Anyone I could trust with my cat for 24 hours, I wouldn't condemn him to live with what I do all the time. This is a pain day.

Today the arthritis is going through the roof. My hands don't want to work, my bad hip is going off with major alarms, bad knee and ankle with it, spine is going off bad, various fibro pains going on throughout my body too.

It's not an acceptable solution for anything.

It sounds more like a horror story than anything else.
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Dec. 14th, 2009 01:23 am (UTC)
I thought pretty well the same thing when I saw the question-of-the-day.

In some cases, I think it might be interesting, though. If there was a "prep" period, rather than a completely random swap, that might be one thing. Getting out into the fantastical, if I could swap with an alien that wanted to learn about the life of a writer or woman or a marginalized person from the inside ... that I could go for. ;)

But if we're talking body-swapping, I swear that doctors need to spend some time inside the body of some of their more "difficult" chronic pain patients to learn some fucking compassion. :P
Dec. 14th, 2009 01:59 am (UTC)
Now there's a thought. Hehehe. Spend 24 hours in the life of a physically healthy doctor with all his resources. Cancel all his appointments and go spend the day hiking and plein air painting, sending all my paintings back to myself of course since there's no way I want to leave any of my art in his possession. End the day by finding some lightheart somewhere and get thoroughly laid, using appropriate safe-sex of course. I don't know where that doctor's body has been and would hate to hand out VD.

Meanwhile when it's over, go checking on him to watch what that day of being stuck being me did to him... hehehehe... oh ideally it would've happened on something like the Three Appointment Day so that he could get brutalized by medics and welfare bureaucrats and forced into overexertion and sports injuries right on the spot.

It has some story potential even if I wouldn't actually do it.
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