In last week’s question, I presented two career options from which to choose: Hollywood stunt double or volcanologist on a remote island. Nearly twice as many people chose the island setting over the glitz and thrills of Hollywood. The islanders take this one for the win, though the few who opted for a career as a stunt double were mighty convincing.
This question was a bit of a challenge for me since my answer fluctuated with my mood throughout the week. When I was feeling tired and run down, I was easily swayed by tropical island breezes and hammocks on a lanai and freshly made mojitos. When I was more rested and ready for some fun, I turned an eye towards Hollywood and learning how to jump off buildings or drive a motorcycle down a flight of stairs.
So where does this leave me on a chilly winter Wednesday? Lately, I’ve been going full-throttle in all areas of my life and quite frankly, I’m pooped. Worn out. Dang tired. As such, sitting in a hammock on an tropical island with a beverage in hand while keeping an eye on the volcano from my lanai sounds pretty awesome right about now. I’ll send y’all a postcard when I get there.
And now, on to this week’s question…
When I was thinking about what this week’s question would be, I was duly influenced by a really great book I have recently finished reading – Every Day by David Leivthan. Here is the synopsis from Amazon:
In his New York Times bestselling novel, David Levithan introduces readers to what Entertainment Weekly calls a “wise, wildly unique” love story about A, a teen who wakes up every morning in a different body, living a different life.
Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.
There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere.
It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day.
With his new novel, David Levithan, bestselling co-author of Will Grayson, Will Grayson, and Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, has written a captivating story that will fascinate readers as they begin to comprehend the complexities of life and love in A’s world, as A and Rhiannon seek to discover if you can truly love someone who is destined to change every day.
Without giving too much away, the main character, A, wants more than anything to find a way to stop hopping from body to body in order to have a real, day-to-day relationship with Rhiannon. But in order to do that he would have to take someone’s life away from them because he would not only be inhabiting that person’s body, but also his entire life. As I read the story, I found myself wondering what I would choose if I were A. It also seemed like a great Would You Rather question so I thought I’d put it out to you fine people to read what you had to say. Here’s the question:
Would you rather…
live a life like A, continually jumping from body to body every day with the understanding that it’s almost impossible to be with the one you love, but at least you’re not taking someone’s life away from them
– OR –
take over someone’s life in order to be with the one you love?
(I should clarify that by “taking over someone’s life” per the novel means to inhabit that person’s life in its entirety as it exists with his or her family, friends, and school or work suddenly becoming your own.)
So which would you choose, intelligent, thoughtful readers? A life in which the only thing that’s certain is the daily shift from body to body? Or a life in which you’d have stability and consistency, but at a cost to another human’s existence? Dig deep, give it some thought, and then share them below. I always love to hear from you.