Wow. Can I just say, WOW??? The response to last week’s “What Kind of Tapper” post was overwhelming and amazing!! We were really excited to hear from so many of you who “came out of the shadows” to comment, offer your insight to how you play, and generally, just join in the fun. All comments, from all tappers are more than welcome here, and it was great to see so many new faces.
To continue with the theme… what I want to know this week, is “the rest of the story” as Paul Harvey used to say (does anyone remember Paul Harvey?). While I realize that many of the most ardent commenters on the site appear to be TOT++++ tappers with huge amounts of time dedicated to their tapping obsession (the “O” in TOT), there is a large number of you who seem to have found balance in your tapping lives, in order to…well…have a life!
In one of the updates, they started using a term that really struck me as a perfect description of time in the non-tapping and tapping world. “Life Currency” is something that really resonates, especially for those of us of the “age challenged” sector that are realizing the finite reality of this form of currency.
Time…and what you do with it outside of the game is what this post is all about.
Consider this post and basic question to be similar to what happens when you go to a regular meeting of some hobby group, or special interest gathering. Yes…you were all brought together in the same room due to your avid interest in quilting, or model railroading, or stamp collecting, or mushroom gathering, or collecting stamps with pictures of mushrooms and model railroads on them (it’s a very select group). But, once you have covered all of the minutia about the topic at hand, you might actually ask someone standing next to you, “So what else do you like to do?”
Now. I realize that this may provoke an intense, and horrified look of disapproval from a truly obsessive club member, as if to say, “What ELSE DO I DO?? Why…THIS IS MY LIFE!!! THIS IS WHAT I DO!!!!!!!” In which case, you should smile, and step away from the bar, and look for someone else to talk to.
But, in most cases, you will be surprised to find out that the person you asked, has interests and backgrounds, and histories that are wide-ranging from what you might suspect. I am always amazed to find that guys with whom I play golf regularly, actually have lives outside of the golf course. Really! Even those who golf almost every day!
Similarly, as I have been a TSTO blogger, and have asked readers this question before, I have been amazed at the breadth of occupations, avocations, and special interests that come from asking. I have TSTO Friends who are doctors, lawyers, teachers, and investment bankers. They all play for various reasons…but, “keep it real” by having broad, wide-ranging interests outside of TSTO.
Of course, we all tap. I get that. But, I am more than just a tapper, or even a just a tapper who blogs about tapping. Really! I’m not kidding!
As I have mentioned (and as you may have seen by one of the poses in my newly minted avatar) I golf….and am a U of O Duck fan. I have a long history of music and multimedia production. I did all of the music for a show that won an Emmy, and worked with the guy who is married to Matt Groening’s sister, Lisa…and I have five daughters, and four grandkids, and am married to the most patient, amazing wife in the world (she doesn’t restrict or deride my tapping).
Oh. And because of my connection to a ton of people who wanted to do “More than just Tap,” I started a non-profit organization to help a school in rural Uganda.
It was, and continues to be, primarily driven and supported by TSTO Tappers. Imagine that!!!
I won’t go into the details here…as what I REALLY want to hear about is you!!
However…IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO DONATE TO OUR LATEST ROUND OF SCHOOL SUPPLIES, or learn more, you can do so by CLICKING HERE.
It’s all good. Really. No pressure. But, I thought that some of you might want to know…and join in the fun.
So, that takes us back to the REAL Question at Hand…
WHAT DO YOU DO OUTSIDE OF THE TAPPING WORLD? Do you spend your “Life Currency” on pursuits away from your padular device? Do you seek and find pleasure and fun in pursuits that don’t reward you in “multipliers” and XP?? Do you find ways to offset countless tapping hours with something equally or even *GASP!* more rewarding?
WE WANT TO KNOW!! Tell us “the Rest of the Story!!”