Patron John Whittaker is curious about moments in time. You, too, can become a Patron and receive priority answers to your questions!
If you could free time for one hour, what sort of mischief would you get up to? Also, if you could freeze an hour or day of time from your past, at what point would you freeze it – and why?
I’m going to sound like a fuddy-duddy, but I’d freeze time right now and give me an extra hour to get work done. No, seriously – I’m tired, and it’s 11:24pm on a Sunday evening. I’m pushing through answering questions. Am I getting old?!
If I were to freeze an hour in my past, it’d probably be one of the first times I was ever in Hawaii – but not for reasons I’d care to get into right now.
What about everyone else? Where would you freeze time from your past, and what would you do if you could freeze time right now for an hour?
Todd Donna asked:
Do you ever wish you made different decisions in the past from where you are today ? Or are you on the right track ?
Of course, I think we would all make different decisions if we were given a chance to do so.
But what would that do? If we zigged instead of zagging, we may not be in the place(s) we are now – for better or for worse.
I could wish that I did something else, but would I know (truly) if that would have made a difference for the better (overall)? Nobody knows.
I don’t know if I’m on the “right” track, or if I ever would be even if I thought I could have made a better decision at some point in the past.
You have to keep in mind, as well: if you changed even one tiny thing about your past, you wouldn’t be who and where you are right now. Everything would be different. I’m pretty happy with who I am, who I’m with and where our life is at. I wouldn’t actually change a single thing.
What about you? Are you happy with all of the decisions you’ve made in life? Are you on the right track?
Patron Aaron Linson has a bit of a morbid curiosity. You, too, can become a Patron and receive priority answers to your questions!
What would you do if you suddenly went blind or started to go blind due to cataracts? How would you change what you do for work?
I believe I explained this in an earlier WWYD for patrons, but I do believe I’d double down on my other senses – using every one of them to my advantage.
Imagine me talking about how I experienced the latest piece of “life-altering” technology without the ability to see anything. I’d spend more time talking about how it actually feels in my hands, how it responds to the commands I give it, how I’m able to navigate it.
I’d modify how I approach this industry, but my perspectives would be just as strong (coming from a strong-willed individual such as myself).
I always freeze up when I get asked this question. Especially with simple jobs that do not require any skills like customer service. The only thing I can think to say is “Because I am amazing.”
When an employer asks you that question you want to respond with an answer that makes them feel as if they’d be missing out or would hinder their company by not hiring you. Tell them which of your abilities and experiences will enhance the company and how having you on board would benefit everyone at the workplace. Use emotion and emphasize words that describe how much you want the position. Let them know that you’re a very motivated and dedicated individual that works diligently and always puts in complete attention in everything you do. Words are very, very powerful tools; be sure to practice your own responses before going to interviews as well. Be prepared and don’t be nervous, everyone goes through it.
You ARE amazing, right? Tell them this… but be prepared to back it up with specific reasons why. Good luck!
Trueb asked an interesting question:
I am looking for a way to raise money without getting a job. My parents do not want me to get a job because they think it would distract me from school, even if I get a summer job. I mainly want to save up money for a car. I know how to use photoshop for basic photo editing as well as some video editing. I couldn’t really find anything when I Google searched it and read articles. It mainly consisted of car washing or other things that I do not think would work.
First of all, it’s going to be difficult for you to make money if your parents won’t allow you to get a job of some type. Have you tried to compromise with them? Perhaps a part-time Summer gig to start off with, to see how you handle things? Lay out your plan to them. Show them how you feel you can handle things and see what they have to say. Failing that, I’m hesitant to point you to links to help. If your parents don’t want you to work, then my telling you where to find work online would be going directly against their wishes.
With that said, ask your Mom and Dad if it would be okay for you to do a project or two at a time, using the skills you mentioned. If they’re cool with it, try using a service like Fivrr. You won’t get rich quick, but it’s a great way to get yourself “out there,” create a client/fan base and get more experience, as well. You can also ask around your own social community – you never know who might need the help of someone who is good with Photoshop!
Another thing to think about: owning a car is expensive. Sure, it costs money to buy the darn thing to start with. You’re trying to cover that. But you have to remember that you’ll have to pay for maintenance, gasoline, insurance and registration. Those things can cost quite a bit of moolah – so how would you plan to pay for all of it? I’m not trying to discourage you – I think it’s great you’re willing to work hard for what you want. I just want to make sure you’re fully prepared!
What about everyone else out there? What do you recommend?
Milun Kukalj from YouTube asked:
I wonder… what if you two went bankrupt and lost everything – what would you do?? I know it’s strange, but just think about it, what if you would lost everything like loads of families do?
It’s a scary thought, isn’t it? This is happening to more and more people – hardworking people who bust their asses to keep things together. Life happens – and suddenly, they’re bankrupt. I pray this never happens to Diana and myself, but if it does I won’t let it stop me. I won’t let it get me down and defeat me.
I would use my existing skillset to immediately start rebuilding.
And, of course, we’d find out who our TRUE friends are. Would that be you?
What would all of YOU do if – God forbid – this were to happen to you?
Patron John Whittaker had another great question, so I wanted to address it today. You, too, can become a Patron and receive priority answers to your questions!
Now that you and Diana are going to have a baby, do you have any fears about being a parent?
Who doesn’t fear THAT?
Sure, I suppose I think about how I’m going to react to certain situations, but I’m fairly confident I can weather through the average day and rise to the occasion when it’s called for.
I’m concerned that I’m going to miss something important… and childproofing this home is going to be a daunting task. Any tips?
What about all of you out there who have or are expecting kids? What are your greatest fears as a parent?
Mushu had an interesting question about getting started with a new blog.
What are important points to state in an introduction post for a blog? (meaning – the very first post ever on your blog)
I don’t think it matters.
Honestly, few people are going to read the introduction post in the grand scheme of things… unless it’s being done for nostalgic purposes (in which case, make it memorable).
Then again, you should write every blog post as though it was your first.
No, wait. Don’t do that.
Your introduction post is your About page. Then, your first post should be whatever you feel like writing about right now.
If you don’t feel like writing, don’t do it.
And, trust me, 99% of blogs that are started never make it past the two week marker. 99% of the blogs that make it past two weeks never make it past two years on a regular publishing schedule.
A member of the community who wishes to remain anonymous (for obvious reasons) actually asked me this question:
Will you and Diana accept your child if s/he turns out to be gay or transsexual?
This question actually made me angry. I get it: there are parents out there who are intolerant. We’ve all read articles about parents who threw their kid out of the house for being gay or sent them to some weird intensive therapy or camp to try and “get the gay out.” Hell, I’ve even read about exorcism types of “therapy.” So I suppose I can understand why someone would ask this.
My answer, though — and I know I speak for Diana, as well — is simple:
We would love and support our child unconditionally — no matter what.
That’s really all there is to it. I mean… would you still love your child if they were to get cancer? What about if they were born with any type of disability? You’d still love them, right? Because that’s just a small part of who your child is. None of those things would define them at their core, and neither does their sexual preference. It doesn’t really matter to me if my child chooses to love a person of the same sex… I just pray that s/he is happy in their relationships. That’s all that matters, right?
Patron Todd Donna asked a loaded question! You, too, can become a Patron and receive priority answers to your burning questions!
What has been your most embarrassing moment ever?
I’ve experienced various degrees of humiliation, but one of the more embarrassing involved removing my mother’s hat from her head while we were in church – since I was taught that it’s rude to wear hats inside of buildings, but didn’t fully realize that the rule did not apply to women. Of course, Mom rightfully scolded me with an instant slap across the face. Oops.
Fine. Whatever. I was quite young when that happened.
Haven’t wanted to go to church for a while, but that traumatic experience has nothing to do with it.
Or does it?
Of course, there’s also the time I lost a bet of sorts and let Diana put makeup on me. *shudder*