Freedom… now what?

What would you do if you didn’t have to work for a living?

Are you one of those rare people who would continue to work your current job even if you didn’t need the money? If ALL of your time was suddenly “free time,” what would you use it for?

Here’s my list

  1. Learn to make music – I’ve always wanted to play an instrument. Over the years I’ve been determined to learn keyboards, drums, and turntables (yes, the turntable is a musical instrument, shut up). I actually own keyboard… but I have no idea how to play it and no time to learn. Plus, the art/skill of actually reading musical notes is like an alien language to me. I guess I could learn it if I put in the time and energy, but currently I don’t have any of either to spare.
  2. Make a video game – Something I’ve always wanted to do and, unlike music, something that I actually have the skill to pull off. I just don’t have the time. Even now, I can’t go more than four days without some kind of “wouldn’t this be cool” game idea popping into my head.
  3. Create my own horror series– I’m talking video here, probably of the freely distributed internet variety. I’d achieve some base level of competence with making video with with real cameras and actors or with 3D animation (or both). Write a hell of a script. Do my own special effects. All that. Then I’d do it again. And again.
  4. Become a master 3D artist – my 3D work has come a long way from the early days of PovRay and “Just Damn”. I look at some of the stuff I did for the Book of Dark Places and I can barely believe that I did it. But then, I look at what OTHER people are doing… the REAL artists… and I just want to delete my 3D software for fear of embarrassing myself any further. It takes a lot of time and practice to be a real “artist” in any medium, and being able to express myself with some surreal, ghastly 3D art that make people go “Daaaaamn…” is what I’ve wanted to do since I first discovered 3D rendering.
  5. Spend more time with the dogs – There’s a Black Lab and a Cocker Spaniel that barely know who I am these days.

Writing is not on this list. I’m already doing that now, so other than doing more of it, that won’t change if I suddenly had more time.

How about you?


  1. nate, November 13, 2007:

    I honestly don’t know if I’d quit work entirely or not. I kind of doubt I would, but I’d at least go to a reduced schedule.

    I would go back to school for anything that interests me. This would include learning to play guitar and fencing, along with anything science related.

    I’d definitely participate in more mission trips with my church. I’ve been to Mississippi twice in the past two years to help with Katrina reconstruction, and both trips really made an impression on me. I’d find something similar to do close to home, but also consider trips to foreign countries.

    I’d travel. Get a RV and see the states. Of course I’d have to have a motorcycle to get around once I parked the RV.

    I’d spend more time with my wife and kids. To Hell with the #$%^& animals.

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