Yes, that’s right – what if you were immortal?
How would that change your life or the way you live your life?
Writing fantasy novels certainly brings to mind all sorts of questions and what-if scenarios. I’ve always loved exploring these what-if scenarios even before I began my own writing journey. I’d delve into them via other books or movies and simply let the thoughts take me as far as they could.
Well one “what-if” scenario that has crossed my mind repeatedly since I was a kid, is that of being immortal.
It’s easy enough to say “yeah that’d be cool” or “nah I wouldn’t like that”. But why? In either case. What would it really be like to be immortal?
Here’s my take on immortality and the question of “what if you were immortal?”.
I’d very much be ok with it, but I wouldn’t want to be alone. Meaning that I’d want a family or community of other immortals. I feel like it would be too painful to repeatedly have to lose my loved ones every century or so.
Much like our beloved fantasy realms, I also wouldn’t want money to be issue. I mean really, how much would it suck to live forever dead-ass broke?
How would being immortal change the way I live my life?
This is a tricky one, because I don’t feel like it would really change much, which seems odd. But the reality is that I very much “live” my life. I may not be massively wild and crazy, always darting off on intense adventures, but that’s not really me and it doesn’t mean I’m not “living”.
For me “living” means enjoying my life, surrounding myself with my passions and following my dreams. I feel confident in saying that I truly do follow this mantra.
However, being immortal would certainly open up more opportunities, mainly because I’d know that I have more time available to do all the wondrous things I’d love to experience.
Mortality presents an issue with available time, immortality would, in my mind, solve this problem.
Ah, just the mere thought of never having to worry about how much time I have available to do something – yes this really is at the heart of my longing for immortality. It’s not about death or being invincible. I don’t actually care about those points. There are just so many things in this world that I want to experience and accomplish that I really would need multiple centuries to achieve it all. And even then it would never really end because technology would continue to change, there’d be new discoveries and advancements and it would just keep opening up more and more new possibilities and opportunities.
Seriously I get excited just thinking about it!
So now over to you! What if you were immortal… what would that look like and mean to you?