Who Plays The "What If" Game?

Who Plays The "What If" Game?

Please don't tell me that my family and I are the only ones!
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I recently went camping, and as we were dragging out the tents and drying them off from the rain, we placed items on the four corners to prevent the wind from blowing the tents away. It just happened to be that the four items on one of the tents was: a lamp, a flashlight, a Hmong knife, and a hammer. My sister asked me, “If there was a zombie apocalypse, and you had to go into a dark place to get food, what item – out of the four – would you choose to bring?”

She told me that she would bring the flashlight so she could see zombies and hopefully find a weapon in the process. My response was that I’d bring the hammer because I could kill zombies with the weapon –ideally even in the dark because zombies (according to The Walking Dead and other games such as Minecraft) aren’t very quiet. Moreover, if I needed to bust open a cabinet for items, I could use the hammer as well. We were doing what we often spontaneously did – playing the “What If” game.

For those of you who are wondering, the “What If” game – as we’ve coined it – is when a person asks a “what if” question to either an individual or a group of people. Everyone then tries to answer as truthfully as possible. It’s kind of like that common question of: if you were stuck at an island and could only bring one item, what would it be? Usually though, it’s more personal and pertains to people we know. My boyfriend was the one who introduced my family and I to the “What If” game, so whenever a random scenario pops up in our heads, we ask it. Most of the time, the questions are worst case scenarios – often involving zombies, sacrifice, or an apocalypse of some sort.

For instance, a common question my boyfriend (since he seems to be the designated “asker”) brings up is: if you got in a car accident with two other people you know and there were zombies coming, and you could only save one person because they were both knocked unconscious, who would you save? Another example of a common scenario is: out of everyone we know, choose three people that you’d want on your zombie apocalypse team.

I, personally, love these thought-provoking games because it evokes people to think about those they know personally. It’s seems kind of cruel asking who a person would save over another, but instead of getting offended at their choice, we focus on the reasons behind it because that’s what matters. If people are comfortable answering honestly, the motives are usually meaningful, which reveals more about the people answering. That’s why the game is fun: it’s a way to get to know each other even more. The responses can be pretty hilarious too once you’ve grown familiar with those people.

Furthermore, I say the “What If” game is a way to consider people you know personally because – you have to pick who to be on your zombie team. You find yourself asking – who has a good attitude? Who will bring positivity to the group, or complain the whole time? Who’s a reliable shooter – including Black Ops? Do you know someone in the medical field? Who will take leadership, and who will choose to be independent? And who can you depend on no matter what? It’s interesting to consider what kind of zombie team you could make by picking certain people you know, which also makes you reflect on your relationships with others. I know this seems a little deep for a “What If” game, but these kinds of games show who we are – which is why they’re often brought up in school when a teacher is trying to get to know his/her students.

The “What If” game also forces people to consider what they would do in worst case scenarios. I know a zombie apocalypse probably isn’t going to happen, but pondering about worst case scenarios can sometimes be a healthy activity. For instance, it’s a good idea to look for exit signs anywhere you go in case there’s a fire. People might not always want to think that bad things could happen, but those who contemplate about what they would do tend to have a better reaction when bad things do occur. On the other hand, obsessively thinking about worst case scenarios can also be unhealthy. Therefore, “What If” games are a good way to have fun deliberating dangerous situations while additionally taking those scenarios seriously since the point of the game is to answer truthfully.

So if you’ve never played the “What If” game, I recommend you try it out! You can ask whatever question you want, and it’s always fun and interesting thinking about your own responses and explanations and then hearing others’ answers. It’s a great way to get to know people and think about difficult situations. Plus, it can provoke more conversation when you and your friends are waiting in line or just don’t know what else to talk about. Try it out! What item would you take into a dark room possibly filled with zombies?

Cover Image Credit: Kurt Bubna

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.

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To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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The Football World Loses One Of Its Finest Players

Bart Starr passed away and NFL players, coaches, and fans all mourn the loss of the Packer legend, but his life and career will live on in hearts of Packer nation forever.

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Bart Starr passed away at the age of 85 in Birmingham, Alabama. The NFL lost a great player. The Green Bay Packers lost a hero. And, the world lost a true gentleman. Starr's legacy has surpassed his accomplishments on the gridiron. He inspired not only his peers but the generations that have come after him. He is — and always — will be remembered as a Hall of Famer, a champion, and a Packer.


Bart Starr was a Packers legend. Starr led Green Bay to six division titles and five world championships. As the quarterback of Vince Lombardi's offense, he kept the machine going and executed the plays like no other. His mastery of the position was a large part of the Packers success in the 1960s. Starr was also the perfect teammate for the perfect team. His leadership put him in command of the Packers. Starr's time in Green Bay will not be forgotten by former players, coaches, and the fans.

Bart Starr's resume is rivaled by few in NFL history. He played in 10 postseason games and won 9 of them. He led the Packers to victory in Super Bowls I and II and won the MVP award in both games. He was the MVP of the league in 1966 and was named to the NFL All-Decade Team of the 1960s. The Packers retired his number 15 and Starr has been inducted into the Packers and Pro Football Hall of Fame.


After his playing days, Starr would become the head coach of the Packers. He could not repeat the success he had on the field from the 1960s teams. His coaching years do not take away from his legacy as one of the all-time great Packers. Starr was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1977.

One of Starr's last visits to Lambeau field was on a cold November night in 2015. Starr and his wife attended a ceremony in which the Packers retired Brett Favre's jersey number. Starr was the perfect personification of what it meant to be a Packer. His most heroic moment came in the 1967 NFL Championship Game. The Ice Bowl came down to a third and goal in Lambeau Field's south endzone against the Dallas Cowboys. Starr came to the sidelines and bravely told Vince Lombardi that he can sneak it in for a game-winning touchdown. Lombardi then replied, "Run it, and let's get the hell out of here." Starr ran a quarterback sneak for the game-winner and the Packers were off to Super Bowl II. Without Starr, Green Bay would not have won a second straight Super Bowl. His leadership in big game moments will live with Packers fans for a lifetime.

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Starr leaves behind his wife Cherry, his son, and three granddaughters. Packers fans will have a tight grip on the memories Bart Starr and the 60s teams created. Starr left behind a template for being a Green Bay Packer. He also left a template for being a good man and a gentleman of the game of football. He was a competitor and a leader. Packer nation mourns for the loss of one of the finest human beings the game has seen.

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