If not now then when
Tracy Chapman, “If Not Now…”
On a recent episode of Atomic Array, we featured Geist: The Sin-Eaters, the new storytelling game from White Wolf Publishing. I like many things about the game, but the one I keep coming back to is the tag line: “A Game of Second Chances.”
Part of the intrigue in Geist: The Sin-Eaters surrounds the question, “If you came back from the dead with a second lease on life, what is the most important thing you’d want to accomplish?” This is the very question we posed to the Atomic Array audience for that episode’s giveaway. The responses we’ve received vary from comical entertainment to open-hearted introspection, all very good. While we’ll be announcing the winner on our August 14th show, there’s another question that grew out of my experience with this game, and my review of the entries, that I can’t shake:
If you can put your finger on that one thing you’d like to accomplish—that one task as yet undone that you would focus on if given a second chance—why not go for it? You’re not dead. While you still draw breath, you have time.
This is your second chance. The past is dead and gone; you cannot change it. Today is a new day and the beginning of your new life. This is your second chance. Use it.