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11/10/2012 12:34 AM
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Looking for some insight
Not sure how to go about this..

I feel like I am in a mid-life crisis, but I'm only 23.

Call it failure to launch or whatever, but I just can't seem to figure out where I want to go in life. I know one thing for certain, I don't want to be a part of this system.

I can't seem to talk to anyone about it because they all think I'm being "unrealistic", and that I need to just get the well paying job and have a house/family and be happy. All of which I'm fully capable of doing. It's almost like I just don't care about those things.

I feel like life shouldn't have to be like this, society in general, the 40 hr/week grind, that's not how it's supposed to work. We as a species are capable of so much more, I'm ready for a change.

What say you kind folks of GLP?
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11/10/2012 12:44 AM
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Re: Looking for some insight
Not sure how to go about this..

I feel like I am in a mid-life crisis, but I'm only 23.

Call it failure to launch or whatever, but I just can't seem to figure out where I want to go in life. I know one thing for certain, I don't want to be a part of this system.

I can't seem to talk to anyone about it because they all think I'm being "unrealistic", and that I need to just get the well paying job and have a house/family and be happy. All of which I'm fully capable of doing. It's almost like I just don't care about those things.

I feel like life shouldn't have to be like this, society in general, the 40 hr/week grind, that's not how it's supposed to work. We as a species are capable of so much more, I'm ready for a change.

What say you kind folks of GLP?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 25656419


even though it is not going to be easy i say follow your heart and do what you gotta do.. but the best thing is keep busy cause the busier you are the less overwhelming the stupidity of the world will be for you.. ;) do what your heart tells you and if you gotta work and earn a living do something creative or more suited to your lifestyle.. not everyone is a worker and not everyone is meant to be a slave but we still have to do our part until things change for the better.. there will be ups and there will probably be more downs but when the time comes to move onto a better reality you will know what path to take ;)
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11/10/2012 12:52 AM

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Do what you love to do.. and you'll never work a day in your life.
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You should find something that you love to do and that you are good at.
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You should find something that you love to do and that you are good at.
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11/10/2012 01:08 AM
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Not sure how to go about this..

I feel like I am in a mid-life crisis, but I'm only 23.

Call it failure to launch or whatever, but I just can't seem to figure out where I want to go in life. I know one thing for certain, I don't want to be a part of this system.

I can't seem to talk to anyone about it because they all think I'm being "unrealistic", and that I need to just get the well paying job and have a house/family and be happy. All of which I'm fully capable of doing. It's almost like I just don't care about those things.

I feel like life shouldn't have to be like this, society in general, the 40 hr/week grind, that's not how it's supposed to work. We as a species are capable of so much more, I'm ready for a change.

What say you kind folks of GLP?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 25656419



You're not alone . . . people of all ages are disillusioned, confused, worried. In the "old days", the America dream was defined, a goal that could be reached . . . it's gone now.

And what's left is a harsh reality of a country that's fast becoming socialist, which will zap the motivation and enjoyment of life out of all working-class citizens.

I've debated back and forth about whether or not it's better to just roll with the flow of the system or buck it and be a boat rocker . . . and what I've learned is that there are some people who simply cannot just "do as others do" . . . there's something in their character that prevents them from settling, from being part of the herd. Unfortunately, straying from the herd often means more stress because you're under more pressure to maintain your independence. But if you can do it, it's great. Perhaps you can find your own niche, something you really LIKE to do that makes enough money for you to be comfortable.

You're right that the species is capable of much more, but the species has mutated into something very unpleasant, dysfunctional, with skewed priorities and little common sense.

Lastly, and this is just my opinion, but don't ever let someone pressure/force you into getting married and having a family . . . there are lots of really unhappily married couples/parents.
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11/10/2012 01:14 AM
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Not sure how to go about this..

I feel like I am in a mid-life crisis, but I'm only 23.

Call it failure to launch or whatever, but I just can't seem to figure out where I want to go in life. I know one thing for certain, I don't want to be a part of this system.

I can't seem to talk to anyone about it because they all think I'm being "unrealistic", and that I need to just get the well paying job and have a house/family and be happy. All of which I'm fully capable of doing. It's almost like I just don't care about those things.

I feel like life shouldn't have to be like this, society in general, the 40 hr/week grind, that's not how it's supposed to work. We as a species are capable of so much more, I'm ready for a change.

What say you kind folks of GLP?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 25656419


I hear ya. It's supposed to be like this -- graduate high school, go to college/into military service. Have the house, the car, the kids. The American dream.

I'm a few years older, but have never wanted that. But, I'm in my late 20s... probably a few years late to sew my wild oats.

My advice? Don't invest too much into what you don't want or believe. Take some time to have fun or figure out what you want to do that you could do that includes whatever it is you enjoy. If that makes sense. Hope that helps a bit.
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11/10/2012 01:24 AM

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You are way too young to consider settling about anything.

Plenty of people don't figure out what they want to do till their 30's.

It is very valid to want to be free--don't saddle yourself with things, and responsibilities.

Try different things. Volunteer, help others--that will make you feel useful and give meaning and joy to your life.

Travel, experience life--get a job on a cruise ship or a cattle ranch....enjoy your freedom while you can--

You are lucky if you don't have college loans--if you do, you have been imprisoned.

Life is a process, it is what you do today--not where you plan to go. Relax and enjoy--

Plenty of people would love to be 23, single and healthy!!

Express yourself--music, art, writing....cooking, sports, build something.....grow something....
sunsunsun
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11/10/2012 01:32 AM
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Thanks for all of the advice, everyone has posted good things for me to ponder about.

It's just difficult at the moment trying to find time to do anything for myself. I'm having to juggle school/job/relationship...it's pretty tough.
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11/10/2012 01:38 AM
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You are way too young to consider settling about anything.

Plenty of people don't figure out what they want to do till their 30's.

It is very valid to want to be free--don't saddle yourself with things, and responsibilities.

Try different things. Volunteer, help others--that will make you feel useful and give meaning and joy to your life.

Travel, experience life--get a job on a cruise ship or a cattle ranch....enjoy your freedom while you can--

You are lucky if you don't have college loans--if you do, you have been imprisoned.

Life is a process, it is what you do today--not where you plan to go. Relax and enjoy--

Plenty of people would love to be 23, single and healthy!!

Express yourself--music, art, writing....cooking, sports, build something.....grow something....
sunsunsun
 Quoting: stillhere


"Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans."

It's trying to balance it out, I suppose. What is life? A means to an end? Retirement?
stillhere

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11/10/2012 01:43 AM

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Thanks for all of the advice, everyone has posted good things for me to ponder about.

It's just difficult at the moment trying to find time to do anything for myself.

I'm having to juggle school/job/relationship...it's pretty tough.

 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 25656419


From what you just said it sounds like you need to cut back--you have too many demands on your time.

I don't know your situation, but I'm guessing you are being pressured to "settle down" and if you have doubts--DON'T do it!

It would be better to end the relationship than to string a girl along when she is ready and you are not. She will get over it, you on the other hand might regret it for the rest of your life.

Relationships shouldn't feel like a burden.

It sounds like you are trying to make everyone else happy and do what is expected of you and hating it.

Know thyself, this is the purpose of your life, and it is YOUR life.
hf

Last Edited by stillhere on 11/10/2012 01:44 AM
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11/10/2012 01:46 AM
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Well paying job, settle down? House ? wow. Some people really have you bamboozled into thinking they have their shit together.
Let me tell you son , right now and for the near future and not to sound really doomy , but it's all about survival and just getting by. Most people are having a lot of problems with this economy and changing society. Don't even think of settling down until your 30's . Have your shit together at 23. Not realistic AT ALL. Yea I had parents like you. sucessful, Harvard, Yale, had BIIIIG plans for me. But now look at me, posting on GLP from a shack out in the sticks in Utah,a shotgun by my door and a shed full of c4 !Ok made that last part up I live in sunny SoCal.LOL.Follow your passion , live your own life the way you want to .Make mistakes ! Make plenty of 'em. That's the only way youll learn what works for you. Don't fall for peoples glitzed over bullshit lives. They live in hell and paint on a smile. (most of 'em)
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11/10/2012 09:39 PM
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Re: Looking for some insight
Not sure how to go about this..

I feel like I am in a mid-life crisis, but I'm only 23.

Call it failure to launch or whatever, but I just can't seem to figure out where I want to go in life. I know one thing for certain, I don't want to be a part of this system.

I can't seem to talk to anyone about it because they all think I'm being "unrealistic", and that I need to just get the well paying job and have a house/family and be happy. All of which I'm fully capable of doing. It's almost like I just don't care about those things.

I feel like life shouldn't have to be like this, society in general, the 40 hr/week grind, that's not how it's supposed to work. We as a species are capable of so much more, I'm ready for a change.

What say you kind folks of GLP?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 25656419



You're not alone . . . people of all ages are disillusioned, confused, worried. In the "old days", the America dream was defined, a goal that could be reached . . . it's gone now.

And what's left is a harsh reality of a country that's fast becoming socialist, which will zap the motivation and enjoyment of life out of all working-class citizens.

I've debated back and forth about whether or not it's better to just roll with the flow of the system or buck it and be a boat rocker . . . and what I've learned is that there are some people who simply cannot just "do as others do" . . . there's something in their character that prevents them from settling, from being part of the herd. Unfortunately, straying from the herd often means more stress because you're under more pressure to maintain your independence. But if you can do it, it's great. Perhaps you can find your own niche, something you really LIKE to do that makes enough money for you to be comfortable.

You're right that the species is capable of much more, but the species has mutated into something very unpleasant, dysfunctional, with skewed priorities and little common sense.

Lastly, and this is just my opinion, but don't ever let someone pressure/force you into getting married and having a family . . . there are lots of really unhappily married couples/parents.

 Quoting: itsamadmadworld


well said
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