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Old 01-22-2002, 04:35 PM   #1
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What do you want from life?

What does everyone want from life?

I'm thinking about this lately and it's weird. Maybe it's a sign I'm getting older, maturing, etc... but it's something I never think about, but it's in the back of my mind lately? I've always lived my life, day to day and enjoyed it for what it was at the moment.

And I think about everyone else out there my age, etc... people getting married, stuck in dead end careers, children, mortgages and other various life goals and ways.

But the more I think about what I want, the less I know what I do what...

I think I'm a simple man and want simple things. And I've come to realize that I want what I've always wanted. And that is to be happy where I'm at, happy with whom I'm with and happy how I got there.

I'm not a materialistic person, I don't think I want a big house, car, family, etc... I just want to be happy at the moment I'm living.

I have no set goals still in my life really, but I know one thing... I just wanna be happy. And continue living it day by day.

So what's everyone else want? Is this how you think? Do you plan out the next 5 years, or your lifetime, etc...

Right now I'm happy I have a good job, happy I have good friends, co-workers and a loving family!

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Old 01-22-2002, 04:39 PM   #2
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planning is a disease of the western mind.

that said, i've recently made the decision to make my life about 'conscious evolution'. sound vague? should be. basically, i want to be a better person tomorrow than i am today, and continue that trend until i lay down to die.

in a more concrete fashion, i want a family (namely children, i'm already married). and of course, having a family entails that you can support that family and provide the necessities of life.

and i'd like a pound to two of some really primo sativa buds.
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Old 01-22-2002, 04:40 PM   #3
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The meaniong of life is to give life meaning

...one of my favourite quotes, and neatly summs it all up for me and for most people. Continuing to nourish anything that makes life fulfilling and worth living is the key.

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Old 01-22-2002, 04:42 PM   #4
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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by OTIS:
The meaning of life is to give life meaning

Sorry.. avoiding typos should be nourished now.

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Old 01-22-2002, 04:43 PM   #5
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kenny, i'm impressed at your serious topic. much better than the one about missing being in a stroller.

what i want in life later on is:

i want to have a couple kids that turn out good. i can wait to have kids, but i look forward to having them eventually. i want to live in a moderate sized house and i want to retire early. or at least have an option to retire early. i want to spend a great deal of my retirement either out in cottage country or the carribean.

as for right now, i just want a comfortable job where i can be valued for whatever contribution i make. i've been stuck being just another number in a company and i don't want to do that again.

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Old 01-22-2002, 04:44 PM   #6
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Old 01-22-2002, 04:44 PM   #7
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And I've been living off my quote I found in I think Transworld Snowboarding about 5 years ago...

"I don't know what I want in life, but I know how to get it..."

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Old 01-22-2002, 04:44 PM   #8
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i've had the "wait and see" attitude for awhile until a few people asked me what my 5-year plan was, and thats when everything changed for me.

its important to have goals in life. they don't have to be materialistic. its even better if they are idealistic. at least its something to shoot for, something to live for, something worth attaining that is important to you.

i've kind of floated along for the past 3 years, but i'm getting my ass in gear and applying to grad school for architecture - something that i've always had a certain zest for.

cheers,
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Old 01-22-2002, 04:55 PM   #9
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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by tommysmalls:
i've had the "wait and see" attitude for awhile until a few people asked me what my 5-year plan was, and thats when everything changed for me.

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So you've changed your outlook on life, due to someone asking? Where do you wanna be in 5 years?

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Old 01-22-2002, 04:56 PM   #10
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in the coming months I will concentrate on myself and what I want..might sound selfish but I have been working to please others (family,parents,friends) and not myself..im find myself constantly giving..seeing as im moving to Guelph in a month leaving my past life behind will be good in many ways..a new walk of life ahead of me and the excitement builds everyday towards the day that I am moving...I may find a girl again but im not looking in any way.being alone for the past year has opened my mind and has allowed me to concentrate on where I would like to be in ten years..if luv finds me ok, if not ok also...I will finaly take school seriously this time around (round 3) and I plan on getting my masters...anywho could go on forever but blah gotta work..

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Old 01-22-2002, 04:57 PM   #11
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Kenny, you know I love you.

You also know I had to reply to this one.
Everything is meaningless... there is nothing new under the sun. The best thing in life for me to do is love as God loved... fully trusting, never failing, not discriminating, not self-seeking, not second guessing but in complete faith... and maybe help others to do the same. The most challenging task ever set before me... probably wont be done in this life-time.
But I'll die trying.

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Old 01-22-2002, 05:00 PM   #12
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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by InFa:
Kenny, you know I love you.
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Sorry for not being with ya on your B-day bro, I didn't forget about it. Now you're old like me.

And I haven't called you back I know I've been busy with stuff, moving and all that jazz, etc... no real excuses, just busy.

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Old 01-22-2002, 05:05 PM   #13
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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by seeker:
planning is a disease of the western mind.

that said, i've recently made the decision to make my life about 'conscious evolution'. sound vague? should be. basically, i want to be a better person tomorrow than i am today, and continue that trend until i lay down to die.

in a more concrete fashion, i want a family (namely children, i'm already married). and of course, having a family entails that you can support that family and provide the necessities of life.

and i'd like a pound to two of some really primo sativa buds.
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seeker, you rock.

this topic is always on my mind really.

A few years ago my first and foremost goal in life was to be successful - workwise. I wanted to retire at the age of 35, with a million dollars to my name. I was then going to travel the world in style, set up a bed and breakfast in Costa Rica, open up a little school for the poor/unfortunate somewhere in the Philippines, and minimize society's hold on me.
I even sacrificed some personal relationships back then in order to work, in order to be closer to my million dollars.

And now........five years later, things are a bit different. I would still like to retire at an early age, but i'm not fanatically pursuing it. I've learned to live everyday, rather than hoping to start living at age 35. I won't be so rash in my decision to sacrifice personal relationships for the sake of work, and making the million dollars in order to save some part of the world doesn't appeal to me as much as it did 5 years ago.

I'd rather *save* those around me, bring happiness to their lives first, before i go global.

Who knows, i'm prepared for these plans to change again in the future - that's the beauty of life. No matter how detailed we try to be with our endless plans, we don't really know what tomorrow will bring. The only thing we are experts about is what happens today (and yesterday). So as long as i am content when i go to sleep at night, i'm happy.
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Old 01-22-2002, 05:20 PM   #14
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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by pr0nstar:
the more I think about what I want, the less I know what I do what...</font>
Reason #1 why people DON'T try to figure it out.

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by pr0nstar:
I think I'm a simple man and want simple things. And I've come to realize that I want what I've always wanted. And that is to be happy where I'm at, happy with whom I'm with and happy how I got there.
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Is that the truth, or just an avoidance to the above?

Everybody is different. We all want different things, all have different desires. One thing that is common amongst us is the search for happiness.

If your goal is to be happy, you have to ask yourself how you intend to achieve that. As you said, a big house, etc. won't do it. So, what will?

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by pr0nstar:
And I think about everyone else out there my age, etc... people getting married, stuck in dead end careers, children, mortgages and other various life goals and ways.</font>
These people that you speak of didn't plan their way into the situations that they're in (i.e. dead end job, increasing debt, etc.) They took the easy route and decided that everything would just work out.

Maybe you'll be lucky and it will just work out, but it doesn't hurt to REALLY think about what you want and then strive to achieve it. For the most part, I feel that people who say they are simple, don't want much, etc. don't want to face the task of really taking an inventory of what's important to them and trying to achieve those things.

You can have anything you want in this world, or you just didn't want it bad enough. Life is full of challenges and everything in life worth getting takes a lot of effort.

Good luck Kenny.

By the way, when did Andrew get to be such a downer?

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Old 01-22-2002, 05:26 PM   #15
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Jason, I'm a simple man...
And it's nothing of an avoidance...

I know I want one thing for sure.. and that's to travel and meet new people in my lifetime.

As for houses, etc... I don't care. I have all my toys, I have my car, etc... but if you took it all away tomorrow, I honestly could care less. I didn't have it at one point.

I dunno, I honestly just want to be happy. And I am. I just don't know of any huge "callings" that make me want more than to just enjoy it day by day.

Maybe it will all change one day soon. But I'm not thinking of it now.

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Old 01-22-2002, 05:28 PM   #16
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Old 01-22-2002, 05:30 PM   #17
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Old 01-22-2002, 05:30 PM   #18
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Old 01-22-2002, 05:32 PM   #19
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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by pr0nstar:
So you've changed your outlook on life, due to someone asking? Where do you wanna be in 5 years?

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i wouldn't say "changed my outlook", i'd say "striving to reach my goals".

where do i wanna be in 5 years? at a job that doesn't feel like work. doing that work that is meaningful to me, both technically and artistically.
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Old 01-22-2002, 05:33 PM   #20
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Kenny,

Just don't let your simple man attitude turn into content. You might think that everything is Milhouse, and then life throws you a curve ball. Be happy, but always ask yourself for more. Don't settle, and don't let your feet get stuck in the sand. That's how you turn into one of those "debt-ridden, dead end job" types.

Give yourself something to live for and life will grant you happiness.

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Old 01-22-2002, 05:34 PM   #21
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actually, i take it back - i guess people asking me what my passion is and where i want to be in 5 years got me thinking, and yes, that has changed, or better put, clarified my outlook on life.
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Old 01-22-2002, 05:36 PM   #22
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Who here doesn't want HAPPINESS?

Raise your hand.

It's not being happy, it's how you'll be happy. It's not what do you want in life, it's how you'll live your life to achieve happiness.

Everybody wants to be happy. I challenge you people to come up with something more original.

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Old 01-22-2002, 05:36 PM   #23
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I've been asking myself this a lot lately.
It's time for me to decide what I want to do with my life and just do it.
Untill now I've been all about having fun, but there comes a time when you need to get serious about that sort of thing.
Obviously everyone want to be happy, but the question is what will it take to get to that point and maintain it.
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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by doughboy:
Kenny,

Just don't let your simple man attitude turn into content. You might think that everything is Milhouse, and then life throws you a curve ball. Be happy, but always ask yourself for more. Don't settle, and don't let your feet get stuck in the sand. That's how you turn into one of those "debt-ridden, dead end job" types.

Give yourself something to live for and life will grant you happiness.

Jason
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Oh I'll never be content I think. That's the fun of life. But if you read and understand my quote That's how I'm living.

Right now I just don't know what I want, but once I know... I will do everything to reach it.

And the day I stop enjoying my job and the people I work with, is the day I leave it.

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Old 01-22-2002, 05:43 PM   #25
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wow kenny, i totally identify with what you said there.

i feel like i want nothing out of life, but that is not exactly true, i want happiness, maybe some comfort, nothing elaborate. i'd like to be free to indulge my interests and hobbies, but i have no real interest in sports cars, gigantic houses, etc.

but what does '...want from life' mean? is it the same as '....want to accomplish in life?' or '...want to possess in life?'?

i do want to be happy and have the means to live in the level of comfort that i have known for most of my life.

i do not want riches. i do not want power over others. i do not want fame.

i dunno, maybe, to quote my favourite author, robert anson heinlein, maybe all i want is 'time enough for love'. love of life, love of people, love of living, love of my girlfriend. take it how you will.
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