I spent the first part of my life growing up in Louisiana and have since migrated north to land in Wisconsin. I have developed a very wide range of interest over the years mostly focused on self improvement. Growing up in a very low income area had the effect of me focusing on ways to improve myself and the environment around me. My family did not own a television for most of my childhood and this slot was filled by books and art. We would go the public library and get the 3 books a week I was allowed and often my father would check out his maximum allowance of books that I had asked him to get for me. I never recall returning a book that I hadn’t read and usually I had finished my stack by Wednesday or so. I still have the same behavior but with the mutation of taking notes on a tiny notepad or my phone when a subject sparks my curiosity. The internet has replaced most books for me and I set aside time each week for research on my ever growing list of thing I want to have knowledge of.
I started using the scientific approach to a lot of my problems as a child and would run test on many aspects of my life. I started collecting data and conducting experiments on dreams, diet, job markets, social networks, and almost everything that effected my daily life. This continuous research has led to mountains of data over the years on many subjects that I hard time finding data for. Many of the conclusions I came to led to a better quality of life and that was all the payoff I really wanted.
There was no intent of becoming a self taught scientist or engineer that I recall but life often has its own little plan that doesn’t quite make sense until we look back it.
You have several hours of spare time a day and a virtual reality machine. Should you choose to forget those few hours or use them to explore and play with the machine? You may not currently consider sleeping to be spare time for activity but once you do it will lead to the discovery that about one third of your time is spent sleeping.