Sacrificing social life for ones dreams.
The following is my experience playing The Sims 3. Who knows, maybe we could learn real life lessons from watching these virtual folks live theirs. This time, Sonny is based on more or less the last 6 months of my life (and hopefully the next 6 months too).
So I’ve set up Sonny of Riverview with the following
- Computer Whiz
- Couch Potato
Lifetime Goal: $4000 in royalties per week
Sonny set out to become a author, so he built himself a small 1 bedroom house and bought himself a laptop. The first thing Sonny notice is that in the beginning, writing novels was time consuming and low paying. Sonny knew that being solely a writer is unsustainable. Fortunately, his computer skills allow him to become a hacker. So in the day he is a writer, and at night he is a hacker.
Hacking is easy money (Sonny could earn up to $1500-$2000 a night). But there are three problems. One is the fuzz, who from time to time fry his laptop (his laptop broke thrice). Second, hacking can only be done from 9PM-7AM, which meant Sonny was a night owl. Combined with the time consuming novel writing, it cut him off from the rest of the world. finally, hacking doesn’t really accomplish Sonny’s goals. However, Sonny adapted and for awhile he was a hermit. His social life consisting of chatting with strangers online.
Needless to say, it was a tough life. Because he’s unlucky, the shower and his laptop kept breaking. A burglar stole his brand new stove. Occasionally he would make a trip to the park but interacted with no one and kept working. Life went quickly for Sonny.
At first Sonny wrote fictions, which were short and he needed to write books in volume. As he improved his writing skills, he moved on to higher paying, but more time-consuming, mystery novels. Sonny saved his lifetime points to purchase the Accomplished author perk and the Steel Bladder (trips to the bathroom were Sonny’s #1 momentum killer). He no longer hacked at night so he got to sleep in normal hours. Once his writing maxed out and having earned the status of Prolific Writer (lets Sonny write faster), he embarked on writing a Romance Novel, which became a best-seller ($3400 in royalties!) and put him over the top.
During this time, he spent his earnings on kitchen equipment, which made him a level six cook. Time spent fixing his laptop and shower made him somewhat handyman (level 5). Plus, his modest cottage his stocked with the most expensive furniture in the house. Despite having no natural talent as an author, hard work helped him reach his goal.
However, there were two blaring problems. Sonny is a lonely man. He was so focused on his goal that he had not made any friends. Second, the goal was so time consuming, Sonny would have been 3 quarters of a way to retirement age (fortunately, I set it on long life, so he’s still a young adult close to regular adult).
But there is hope. Sonny spent his lifetime points on Midlife crisis and reinvented himself to the following:
- Computer Whiz
Now financially secure and lifetime goal completed, Sonny can set off to break out of his lonely life with the help of his reputation as a famed author. But still, while Sonny is satified with life, he can’t help but think.
It sucks to be alone.