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27 June 2014

Friday Question from the Book of Questions Are there people you envy enough to want to trade lives with them? Who/why?
I don't think there really is anyone. I admire a lot of people, but there is no one I really envy.
posted by bearwife 27 June | 14:46
When I was a girl, I wished and wished and wished that I could trade places with George Michael's girlfriend, whoever she may be. I would spend hours fantasizing about what an amazing life she must have, living each day as George Michael's girlfriend. I was nearly thirty before the love I felt for George Michael stopped blocking my gaydar detection system. Now I see so clearly, I was never ever ever ever going to be George Michael's girlfriend.
posted by msali 27 June | 15:52
I envy - and would sometimes want to swap places with - people who have close families. But as that's something I've never had, I'm on the fence about whether I could really cope with it.

I have a very good life, with no-one to answer to. I can spend my money how I want to, go wherever I want, whenever I want, do exactly as I want to do. But sometimes I look at my friends who had fantastic single or pre-chldren lives, but who are now settled with their kids and I wish I could have the happiness that children have brought to them.
posted by Senyar 27 June | 16:12
No. There is a bull in every field, no matter how green the grass is.
posted by chewatadistance 27 June | 18:18
I envy people with a lot of money (Manhattan penthouses, beach houses and the like) but I don't know if I'd want to trade whole lives.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero 27 June | 19:09
Not people, no.

Animals, though. That's another story.
posted by Hugh Janus 27 June | 19:23
Good point. My cats had *such* good lives.
posted by JanetLand 27 June | 19:50
I don't think so.

I look at people sometimes and think "I could do so much better with the resources you have available to you", but who knows if that's the truth. And even then, I wouldn't want to swap lives, I'd like to have my life, with their perks.
posted by gaspode 27 June | 19:54
I really like my own life. Even though I think from the outside that this or that might be easier or more satisfying, I'd miss my own life, and its people, way too much if I swapped.
posted by Miko 27 June | 21:01
No, and not at any price. There are some very successful people I admire; but they are also wayyyy more busy than I am; and I don't want to be on the ~one day off a month~ program. :/
posted by buzzman 27 June | 21:24
Sure. But everyone has their own cross to bear... I don't think switching places with someone would actually give you what you're looking for.
posted by Firas 27 June | 21:52
An astronaut, maybe. As long as I could still have Jon, too. Or a famous actor. Acting looks like such fun. Same contingency.
posted by Pips 28 June | 08:39
When I was younger, I might have wanted a different life but I'm pretty satisfied with the way that my life has turned out.
posted by octothorpe 28 June | 20:22
Any 10 year old, but that wouldn't be a fair swap for the kid.
posted by Ardiril 28 June | 23:45
I have a friend whose husband make loads of money, seriously, a lot. But their daughter is developmentally disabled, and will need lifetime care. And my friend has an autoimmune disorder. From the outside, someone's life may look easy, but you never know.

Would be nice to have more resources, but, I have more than some, so, maybe I should complain less, get off my butt and do more with my own life. Or, hey, what's on netflix?
posted by theora55 29 June | 13:27
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