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Selling Her Life On The Internet - Would you do this?

Would you do this?

 

Story Highlights

  • 26-year-old Chen Xiao put her life online, asking people to fill it with tasks
  • Decision came when she discovered she didn't know what to do with her life
  • Charging $3 per hour, Chen has attended births, met strangers among other tasks
  • Chen will not do anything illegal, immoral or violent
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    BEIJING, China (CNN) -- Chen Xiao had pretty much given up making her own decisions and so decided to throw open her life to the whims of China's hundreds of millions of Internet users, known in China as netizens.

    Beijing resident Chen Xiao decided to put her life up for sale after an unhappy 2008.

    Beijing resident Chen Xiao decided to put her life up for sale after an unhappy 2008.

    "It's your right to arrange Chen Xiao's life, and it's my obligation to serve you," read her online shop.

    Since December, Chen has been allowing others to decide what she will do each day, because, for the most part, last year was awful, she said. Her hometown was hit by blizzards, her country rocked by a devastating earthquake, friends divorced and her clothing shop went bankrupt.

    "Every time I had a plan for what I wanted my life to be like, nothing would come of it. It was very disappointing. I figured if other people came up with things for me to do, I might stumble upon something new and better," she told CNN.

    What she stumbled upon was not only a new life but a new way to make a living. She charges about $3 an hour, and she's been asked to do almost everything from delivering pet food to caring for stray cats to taking a hot lunch to a homeless man.

    What surprised her the most was not so much the varied requests but being able to find happiness in the process.

    "If somebody asks you to do something, something simple, and you do it, it can make you very happy. You can change from a gloomy person to a very bright one. It can help give you a new sense of self-esteem," she said.

    So far, the most meaningful assignment she was given was attending a child's birth -- the father was a complete stranger who just wanted someone to take pictures and share the moment.

    There are limits to what she will agree to do. She will not do anything illegal, immoral or violent, but she said that has not stopped some from asking.

    "When I first started there was this man who would send me these really disgusting text messages. His words were over the top... nauseating," she said.

    There was also a man who wanted to meet her for a few private hours at a ski chalet. When she turned up with a friend to take photographs, he backed out and then demanded a refund, but Chen refused.

    In many ways she is just a glorified errand girl, but with a unique China twist. Chen is another example here of how in China the Internet is crossing over from cyberspace to the real world.

    Chen does not know how much longer she will keep taking cyberrequests. For now it is a good way to survive the financial crisis when many others are losing their jobs and businesses are going broke.

    "When people stop needing me, I'll go back to my original life. But I don't know what will come," she said.

    China's netizens will most likely make that decision for her as well.

    by on Mar. 1, 2009 at 1:01 AM
    Replies (11-11):
    cmarielin
    by on Mar. 1, 2009 at 4:45 PM

    lol - well, bless her heart.  :-)  I do understand; I had a really crappy 2008, and watched all my lifelong career dreams basically crumble in front of me as well.  This kind of reminds me of that movie, "The Yes Man."

    Hey, if she's got the freedom to do it, and that's what she wants to do, and it makes her happy - I say, you go girl.  :-)  I couldn't do it myself though - I've got a hot man and kids here that bring me lots of happiness, despite my trials.  :-)

    good luck

    "The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government - lest it come to dominate our lives and interests."  ~Patrick Henry 


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