*** What have you chosen to define yourself by? ***

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    Dec 31, 2011 11:10 AM GMT
    One point of view:



    What is yours?

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    Dec 31, 2011 5:50 PM GMT
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    Expect plenty of more 'bumps', just sayin' you ho's

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    Jan 01, 2012 3:31 PM GMT
    Career?
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    Jan 01, 2012 3:32 PM GMT
    Friends?
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    Jan 01, 2012 3:32 PM GMT
    Music?
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    Jan 01, 2012 3:33 PM GMT
    Social Status?
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    Jan 01, 2012 3:34 PM GMT
    Hmmmm? =]
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    Jan 01, 2012 3:34 PM GMT
    _SAGE_ saidSocial Status?


    +1
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    Jan 01, 2012 3:36 PM GMT
    swimguychicago said
    _SAGE_ saidSocial Status?


    +1


    Do elaborate, if you will? =]
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    Jan 01, 2012 3:58 PM GMT
    Still working on figuring that one out.
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    Jan 01, 2012 3:59 PM GMT
    If you're gonna dig, dig to the Heavens. No matter what's in my way, I won't stop! Once I've dug through, it means that I've won!
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    Jan 01, 2012 4:02 PM GMT
    Smile.
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    Jan 01, 2012 4:07 PM GMT
    My actions and my beliefs.
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    Jan 01, 2012 4:11 PM GMT
    Lots of things during my lifetime. It used to mainly be as a musician. When I lost that it I focused on being a motorcyclist, to which I later added being an Army officer. Later after retirement my being gay replaced the Army, and today with motorcycling mainly gone about all I have left is the gay part.

    Having few talents & accomplishments, and no particular ambitions at my age, what I am has to substitute for what I do. And the only thing that separates me from the general population anymore is being gay.
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    Jan 01, 2012 4:13 PM GMT
    Those that matter don't mind and those that mind don't matter.
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    Jan 01, 2012 4:14 PM GMT
    I think it changes for me


    For years, I was defined by my religious beliefs and how others treated me.


    Now, I am sort of defined by my career. But everything else is changing. I am a big ball of transition right now. Not sure where I will land.
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    Jan 01, 2012 4:14 PM GMT
    It's a simple question; but, for the life of me, I don't know the answer. I'm not defined by my job/career, friends or anything else. I'm just me (plain, bland, boring).
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    Jan 01, 2012 4:33 PM GMT

    I sometimes define myself by how much of an effect I have on the world around me.

    By my empathy.

    By my ability to love

    By my desire to better the lives of others.

    By my successes in doing the above.

    -Doug


    Well, you DID ask.
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    Jan 01, 2012 4:37 PM GMT
    I think we fall into traps when we "define" ourselves by anything, or if we think we "know who we are." What's wrong with being undefined? (Oh, but mean people suck icon_smile.gif.)
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    Jan 01, 2012 4:38 PM GMT
    By my penis size. Duh.

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    Jan 01, 2012 4:42 PM GMT
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    Jan 01, 2012 4:44 PM GMT
    novo saidI think we fall into traps when we "define" ourselves by anything, or if we think we "know who we are." What's wrong with being undefined? (Oh, but mean people suck icon_smile.gif.)


    Having no direction in life, wandering through a parallel dimension labyrinth in which you waste the precious time you have as a result of simply not choosing a direction in life to move forward in. Basically, anyway.

    My question for you: if you don't have anything that defines you, then what are you living for?
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    Jan 01, 2012 5:27 PM GMT
    meninlove said
    I sometimes define myself by how much of an effect I have on the world around me.

    By my empathy.

    By my ability to love

    By my desire to better the lives of others.

    By my successes in doing the above.

    -Doug


    Well, you DID ask.


    That was endearing and would have to agree with you. If we remove all of the societal influences, what you have said is the most commendable. All too often we only recognise this in our last hours of life.
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    Jan 01, 2012 5:34 PM GMT

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    Jan 03, 2012 3:40 PM GMT
    novo saidI think we fall into traps when we "define" ourselves by anything, or if we think we "know who we are." What's wrong with being undefined? (Oh, but mean people suck icon_smile.gif.)


    What we consciously decide what to define ourselves by is certainly a choice, but, there is certainly an argument that what we do/how we interact with others/what we choose to project to others etc are all acts of self-definition, even on a sub-conscious level.

    By deciding to strive to be undefinable, you are paradoxically making a choice, one that, some might say, is a central facet that defines you ;]