Tomo, Developer

Tomo

“I think there would be some drugs involved to be honest… and some elements of hedonism and a lot of music. I think I would enjoy a mix of those 3 things.” (Tomo, 39, USA)

Tomo’s perfect day:

  • Psychedelic drugs – “it’s not about feeling good or euphoric or numbing pain, but actually about changing the way you experience things. It would be a day where your senses are enhanced or altered. Because of that it would be a very abnormal day. It would also warp your sense of time.”
  • Music
  • Unplanned – “[music / psychedelics] are just the start. the perfect day wouldn’t be planned much further than that… ideally, you would be able to do what you want for the rest of the day.”

Tomo’s music recommendation

  • Richie Hawtin – electronic DJ

Salah, Coffee Shop Owner

“People are greedy and always want more: lots of money, girls, fun nights out. When you’re young you want everything fast, you don’t know what’s important. As you get older, you realize that the things that matter are the small things, the things you take for granted. You never realize what you have until you lose it.” (Salah, 31, Yemen)

Salah’s perfect day:

  • Good health for him and his family
  • The people you love are okay
  • Being “home,” which means being with the people you love

In his early 20s, Salah made “perfect money” working for his family’s construction business in Yemen. He’d party weekends in Dubai. But then suddenly war forced his factory to close. He moved abroad, pursuing a childhood dream and opening coffee shops in Malaysia and Vietnam.

Chew, Retired IT Professional

Chew

“I love my [retired] life right now. Life is good. I can’t complain. It’s wonderful.” (Chew, 69, USA)

Chew’s perfect day:

  • Sleep in, get up late
  • Have a nice breakfast, read the newspaper
  • Check the stock market
  • Play pickle ball
  • Have a late lunch
  • Sample free food at Costco
  • Stretch at 24-Hour Fitness
  • Take hot shower
  • Take a nap
  • Dinner with wife
  • Watching mixed-martial arts on TV
  • Taichi and go to bed late

He would want to feel:

  • Like it was a long day, so he’s tired and can sleep quickly

Ramon, CEO

Ramon

“I got to think about what I wanted to be and I got to spend it with the people I love.” (Ramon, 42, USA)

Ramon talked about 3 perfect days from his past, present and future.

Past: At 23 he flew with his brother and best friend to a gaming convention in Dallas. They had dreams of starting a business together. “I remember taking notes and observing everybody. The sky was the limit. I felt like I was young and could do anything.” Then Ramon flew to Las Vegas. He won enough money to pay for the entire trip, plus tickets to the musical Stomp for his best friends and crush.

Present: this year Ramon got married – “There are only 2 times you can get everyone in a room that matter to you, your wedding and your funeral.”

Future: doing charity work with his wife.

Ramon’s perfect days share 3 common elements:

  • A day of possibility
  • With the girl you’re in love with
  • Surrounded by good friends and family

Grace, Retired Homemaker & Accountant

“A perfect day is totally relaxed and I can do whatever I want, whenever I want, spend whatever I want, and be with whoever I want.” (Grace, 67, USA)

Grace’s perfect day:

  • Spending day with family in relaxing way
  • Be on a cruise ship – “you don’t have to figure out where to eat, how you’re going to feed the whole family, what type of food everyone likes, and anyone can be anywhere they want but together.”
  • Thankful for what she has – “roof over head, food on the table, don’t have to worry about health and finances, being American”

She would want to feel:

  • Totally relaxed
  • Grateful for what you have

Cô Hoà, Vietnamese Language Teacher

Co Hoa

“My perfect day is simple. Beautiful weather, good food, lots of time, with family – that’s it.” (Cô Hoà, 20s, Vietnam)

Cô Hoà’s perfect day:

  • Beautiful weather (no rain)
  • Wake up early at 7am
  • Has lots of time to cook, watch TV and read 
  • Doesn’t have to work
  • See beautiful scenery
  • Be with family the whole day

She would want to feel:

  • Comfortable
  • Happy

Marc, Dancer & Videographer

Marc

“A perfect day has an element of surprise. I don’t want to know what happens between noon and 7pm. I want to leave that up to chance.” (Marc, 28, USA)

Marc’s perfect day:

  • Early morning walk going nowhere
  • See the city wake up to the sun
  • Break a sweat in the gym
  • Breakfast with a loved one
  • Making a movie from start-to-finish for 4-5 hours – “it’s pure magic”
  • Check social media and “live in virtual cave”
  • Not having a plan and getting lost somewhere  – “An element of getting lost while on the way to something. Because that makes time seem to slow down. You start to take in all the sights. You take it in slower perhaps? It makes that day seem like journey.”
  • Watching the sunset – “A day that you see the sunset is a day not wasted”
  • Playing board games with parents
  • Dancing from 10pm-5am at an Afro-Latin dance festival

He would want to feel:

  • High on caffeine, with a sense of clarity and awesomeness

Recs:

  • Monopoly Deal Pack
  • Beautiful Light by Uppermost

Sparky, Waiter

Sparky

“When I was a kid there was a river behind my place. I would go there and fish the whole morning. When I catch something I just bring it back to my Grandma and say, ‘Hey I have some fish. We have food today.’ At that time my family was very poor so I had to live far away from my parents and live with my grandma. We tried to grow rice, vegetables, chickens, everything we can to have food everyday. For me a perfect day when I catch some fish to bring back to my grandma. It would make me proud.” (Sparky, early 20s, Vietnam)

Sparky’s perfect day:

  • Fish all morning, bring fish home for grandma
  • Need people by his side
  • See girlfriend after work, chit chat, and think about future

He would want to feel:

  • Loved – “I want to give love and warmth to friends and family. I know how we miss the warmth and the love.” 
  • Not stressed – “not think too much”

Howard, Restaurateur

Howard

“A day where I can go to sleep without feeling incredible pressure from business and family matters would be really quite wonderful… Something as simple as that – where you’re not always worried about the future – would be perfect enough.” (Howard, 42, USA)

Howard’s Perfect Day:

  • Feel well-rested when waking up
  • “Me time” do something non-productive for first hour before family awakes
  • Do fulfilling business tasks for 5-6 hours that moves the business forward (not day-to-day tasks) 
  • End of the day beer with friends
  • Go home, spend 1-1 time with kids – “I used to dread it, but these days I find great comfort in building a stronger bond with him, it makes me feel good.”
  • “Me time” before going to bed, like video games – “I’ve loved them ever since I was a 4-5 year old. It’s rare to turn 42 and have a hobby I’ve done since little.”

Recs

  • The Gum Thief by Douglas Copeland – “your time here is short and it’s easy to fall into a mundane life.”

Shan, Radio DJ and Shane, Actor

Shan

Shan

“I find it relaxing to chill on sofa and do a crossword or play candy crush.” (Shan, 36, Ireland)

Shan’s Perfect Day

  • His 4 and 6 year old boys wake up in their own room
  • Breakfast
  • Play at pool with kids
  • Pizza for lunch
  • Squash, or some sort of sport
  • Afternoon “me time” – read a book, do sudoku or a crossword
  • Sundown time, kick soccer ball with boys
  • After dinner “me time” – play guitar and drink cider
  • Finish day by playing candy crush

Shane

Shane

“When I forget that I exist I feel like I’m my best self.” (Shane, 39, Singapore)

Shane’s Perfect Day: 

  • Kid time -“I want to wake up cuddling my kids”
  • Physical activity time – jiujitsu, boxing, gymnastics
  • Work time – 3-4 hours of work (acting)

Recs

  • Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi