Would You Rather?
Have you ever played “Would You Rather?” My friends and I used to play this game a lot in college, but it comes up less frequently now. If I am remembering correctly, one of my roommates even had a book full with questions similar to a few of these:
- Would you rather fart blue smoke or perspire green sweat?
- Would you rather use eye drops made of vinegar or toilet paper made from sandpaper?
- Would you rather never be able to speak again or always have to say everything that is on your mind?
- Would you rather wear a snow suit in the desert or be naked in Antarctica?
I know, ridiculous right? When the question has come up more recently between Colby and myself they are usually a little more normal, like “Would you rather always feel hungry or always feel full?” or “Would you rather be a flight attendant or work on a cruise ship?”
“Would you rather travel the world or be at home with your babies?” Some of the above questions might bring hesitation and make me think for a few seconds, but this question brings no hesitation as my immediate answer is BABIES. Of course, it is babies.
If you know anything about me, you know I love to travel. Love it. But, I can’t tell you how many comments I get every time we go somewhere especially from my mom-friends, “I would love to switch places with you” or “I am so jealous, can I go instead?” It takes everything within me to hold back from letting them know I want to switch places with them. I would much rather be at home with babies than exploring the world.
Don’t get me wrong. Their comments don’t offend me. I know they don’t mean it in a bad way, but after years of receiving these comments it has really made me think on the situation. What happens when we don’t get the answer we want? What happens when it’s not just a silly question game, but you are given two options and you don’t get to pick the answer, but it is given to you instead?
It’s not just our situation, but any and every situation that people could agree they wanted to trade places with someone else. I wish I could trade shoes with the 90% of my friends who do have kids. And, while I am so extremely thankful for all the traveling we get to do, I wish we weren’t traveling anymore because we were too busy at home with kids.
Just because Colby and I are choosing to make the most of our situation does not lessen the desire at all for parenthood. I wish our New Zealand trip in 2012 was our last before kids, as initially planned. I wish that were the case so badly, but since it isn’t, we will forcefully go with option 2 of our “would you rather?” as we make the most of our marriage and enjoy our time together by traveling the world.
What are your answers to some of the “Would you rather?” questions above? Is there something that you would rather be doing with your life, but are also waiting on it to happen?
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