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Hot Or Cold?

bathroom #15Did you ever play ‘Hot or Cold’ as a child?

It goes like this. One player is ‘It’ and leaves the room or play area. The other players decide on an item for him/her to guess – a ceiling fan, a book, a pillow. When s/he returns, everyone says “hotter” as s/he gets closer or “colder” if s/he is farther from the item until s/he guesses it.

Some of us continue to play that game into our adulthood too.  We don’t really know what we want in life and drift along. Or we want to play the game according to the rules set out by society.  We  wait for society to yell out “hotter” or “colder” as we go through life.  The latest BMW gets a shout of “hotter”.  Designer clothes and designer life-style, and we’re definitely “hotter”.  Chucking up that fantastic banking career and following your heart, gets a shout of “colder”.  Deciding to be a stay-at-home woman, certainly earns “colder.”  And so it goes, until you decide to opt out of the game.  I did – and have no regrets.

Today, I’m linking in to Betty:Today’s Baker via BlogFEST 2012. Betty’s prompt is: Hot or Cold?

Do you play hot or cold in life?





  1. privytrifles privytrifles October 30, 2012

    Very true!

    I have set a time-limit for myself when I want to be out of this never ending rat race. No for anyone else but for myself..!!

    Till the time that I am here, I have to abide by the rules and give my 100%.

  2. Jenn Jenn October 30, 2012

    We played something similar as a child–but I don’t remember exactly how we played it!!

  3. Bongo Bongo October 29, 2012

    I do remember playing this game.. even into adulthood. one day I found some bravery in me and walked out of the game into life and reality.. I have not regretted it either..As always…XOXOXOXOXO

  4. Dangerous Linda Dangerous Linda October 27, 2012

    my sisters and i played ‘hot or cold’ as kids. interesting metaphor for life. i like the way you brought the concepts together ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. Amy Amy October 27, 2012

    it plays better than it lives… ๐Ÿ™‚ love the analogy! I play this game with my kids… a lot! They love it, especially when I get really silly and dramatic with the extremes of getting hotter/colder. I am chuckling now thinking about comparing this to life and how much my life improves when ‘I don’t play’ (in life… okay with kids, not so much in life)!

  6. Rachna Rachna October 27, 2012

    Never did play the game but am surely not playing it now. So glad to have you back, missed you!

  7. Glori Surban Glori Surban October 27, 2012

    I never played that game before, although I can guess what people are saying about my drift from nursing to writing. People may always share their opinions but I think we should always be the one to decided when it’s hot or cold.

  8. Latha Latha October 26, 2012

    Interesting…never Played the game, but the options we choose makes us what we are at the end….good one Corinne ..

  9. Sum Sum October 26, 2012

    Ohh… how true! The society always waits to yell hotter/colder…. Just that we ought to find what is really hot/cool for us, for our own lives and follow it…. I too have opted not to listen tot he society and follow my passion… and yes, there were/are still comments from people… but once we make up our minds, i guess we learn to grow beyond others’ hot/cold verdict!
    I’ve been a silent reader and admirer of you blog, and thought of dropping you comments now on ๐Ÿ™‚ Love your blog!

  10. Martha Orlando Martha Orlando October 26, 2012

    Yes, indeed, Corinne, I remember that game so well and played it with my own children. I love how you’ve used this to tie into what society “expects” of us when what we need to do is realize and pursue the goals that make our lives truly “hot” :). An inspired reminder!

  11. Anne Anne October 26, 2012

    Yes, I did play that game when I was a child but it never went on to adulthood. Thank God!

  12. sukanya bora sukanya bora October 26, 2012

    yes, all the time, in fact I am in the hot zone right now. nice analogy!

  13. Roshni Roshni October 26, 2012

    wow! I just loved your take on the theme! And, I loved playing that game!!

  14. Galen Pearl Galen Pearl October 26, 2012

    Yes, I remember that game! Great analogy to life!

  15. Jeevan Jacob John Jeevan Jacob John October 25, 2012

    Oh, yes I have played it (in India).

    But, I used to play outside (along with few kids around the block).

    What we usually do is play it with something small – like a cricket ball or even smaller – a paper pin (it is actually fun to play for a while – especially after playing another [tiresome] game such as cricket or football/soccer).

  16. Punam J R Punam J R October 25, 2012

    That’s interesting, Corinne.. I never got to play it though! ๐Ÿ™

  17. Shilpa Garg Shilpa Garg October 25, 2012

    I love the way you explore these everyday themes and come out with such meaningful and thought provoking posts!
    Very true, it’s best to opt out of this game, else, sooner or later, you’ll burn out and will be left all alone out there in the cold!

  18. colleen colleen October 25, 2012

    LOVE this post Corinne. Love it.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues October 27, 2012

      Thank you, Colleen. You clearly don’t play the game and that’s one of the things I love about you.

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