Our Marks...

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    Mar 29, 2012 2:50 AM GMT
    I am a 20 year old gay guy... very political, rather intelligent and overall very in tune with life things...

    My question is how do we make a mark on the world? how do we find a place to fit in? where do we belong? I dont have a place
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    Mar 29, 2012 2:55 AM GMT
    how do we make a mark on the world?
    Make an impact, do something for someone other than yourself.

    how do we find a place to fit in?
    Make a place for yourself, dont rely on others to make one for you.

    where do we belong?
    You belong where you are the most happy, there is no one place to belong.
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    Mar 29, 2012 2:57 AM GMT
    We are not all meant to be Rosa Parks or Jackson Pollock or Elizabeth Kubler Ross. Many of us alter the world in small ways on a daily basis by striving for things we value.

    You're twenty. You're asking a good question about life, but it's hard to fault you for not having a clear answer yet. It can take time and experience to understand just how you'd like to change things around yourself.
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    Mar 29, 2012 2:57 AM GMT
    graniteknighte saidI am a 20 year old gay guy... very political, rather intelligent and overall very in tune with life things...

    My question is how do we make a mark on the world? how do we find a place to fit in? where do we belong? I dont have a place


    I feel like i don't have a place sometimes... Living life as a gay male.. in a straight world, can be frustrating sometimes...you'll find a place.
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    Mar 29, 2012 3:10 AM GMT
    Kobaltjak saidWe are not all meant to be Rosa Parks or Jackson Pollock or Elizabeth Kubler Ross. Many of us alter the world in small ways on a daily basis by striving for things we value.


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    I see so many college-age kids with this pressure on themselves to make a difference in the world. It would be fine if it was just the desire to do some good, but it gets tainted with dreams of prestige, self-oversatisfaction, earning love, and a notion that they have to become something big to be "good enough".

    The fact is that most won't become anything more than average, and I feel bad for the disappointment in their future. But they've got to learn for themselves.
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    Mar 29, 2012 3:11 AM GMT
    Kobaltjak saidWe are not all meant to be Rosa Parks or Jackson Pollock or Elizabeth Kubler Ross. Many of us alter the world in small ways on a daily basis by striving for things we value.

    You're twenty. You're asking a good question about life, but it's hard to fault you for not having a clear answer yet. It can take time and experience to understand just how you'd like to change things around yourself.



    The sad thing is I knew all three references... yay eidetic memory for useless trivia/history knowledge icon_biggrin.gif I'm a good person who is just an average guy... why don't we get recognized?
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    Mar 29, 2012 4:00 AM GMT
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    Kobaltjak saidWe are not all meant to be Rosa Parks or Jackson Pollock or Elizabeth Kubler Ross. Many of us alter the world in small ways on a daily basis by striving for things we value.


    +1
    I see so many college-age kids with this pressure on themselves to make a difference in the world. It would be fine if it was just the desire to do some good, but it gets tainted with dreams of prestige, self-oversatisfaction, earning love, and a notion that they have to become something big to be "good enough".

    The fact is that most won't become anything more than average, and I feel bad for the disappontment in their future. But they've got to learn for themselves.


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    I truly admire the optimism of youth, and I dont mean that to sound condecending but it eventually wears off.
    The key is to live your life your way and be happy that you, will likely be like everyone else in the end. Do your best to inspire others and be happy with the 'small daily wins".
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    Mar 29, 2012 5:00 AM GMT
    I agree mostly with what's already been said. It seems like younger people feel they have to make a huge mark on the world in order to have their existence validated. Only a few people will ever achieve that, and the marks they leave aren't always good ones. It's an unrealistic expectation, and it drives people to seek fame, fortune, or power regardless of the cost.

    Learn to be content with the little things in life. If you have good friends, a good family, and happy life, then you're way ahead of most people. Your mark on the world doesn't have to be a huge one. Just doing little things to help people around you is important. You probably have more of a place to fit in than you realize. Learn to appreciate what you already have.
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    Mar 29, 2012 5:11 AM GMT
    graniteknighte saidI am a 20 year old gay guy... very political, rather intelligent and overall very in tune with life things...

    My question is how do we make a mark on the world? how do we find a place to fit in? where do we belong? I dont have a place
    Get a male dog and play follow the leader. When the dog makes its mark, do the same thing the dog did.

    If you didn't fit in, you wouldn't exist.

    Refer to 2nd statement.

    You belong in a nuthouse. Because my cell gets lonely.

    If you didn't have a place, you'd be looking for people to room with, or buying a tent.
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    Mar 29, 2012 10:18 AM GMT
    graniteknighte said
    Kobaltjak saidWe are not all meant to be Rosa Parks or Jackson Pollock or Elizabeth Kubler Ross. Many of us alter the world in small ways on a daily basis by striving for things we value.

    You're twenty. You're asking a good question about life, but it's hard to fault you for not having a clear answer yet. It can take time and experience to understand just how you'd like to change things around yourself.



    The sad thing is I knew all three references... yay eidetic memory for useless trivia/history knowledge icon_biggrin.gif I'm a good person who is just an average guy... why don't we get recognized?


    Well, I wasn't trying to be obscure, just looking for variety.icon_razz.gif There's nothing trivial about your having a wide frame of reference! Gives you options.

    But I will point out that none of the above were famous at twenty either. And what they achieved was possible only because the passage of a little time gave them perspective and insight.

    Forget mass media telling you that you need to be Mark Zuckerberg or MIchael Phelps. Renown is not importance.
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    Mar 29, 2012 1:00 PM GMT
    You do what you can and you forget about making a mark. I spend an enormous amount of time providing pro bono legal services to charitable organizations in whose missions I believe, and making a mark is the farthest from my mind when I'm doing work for them. Every small contribution to the welfare or well-being of someone or something is making a mark, and that mark will remain indelible for the rest of your life and beyond. Best of luck.
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    Mar 29, 2012 1:47 PM GMT
    graniteknighte saidI am a 20 year old gay guy... very political, rather intelligent and overall very in tune with life things...

    My question is how do we make a mark on the world? how do we find a place to fit in? where do we belong? I dont have a place


    Home is where you hang your hat~~saying.

    I will have left two marks in life. The skid mark from crash landing on the wrong planet and the rubber laid as I reach escape velocity from where I never fit in.

    Becoming comfortable in your own skin frees you to explore whatever world where you find yourself.

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    All those creatures out there look so weird!
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    Mar 29, 2012 1:59 PM GMT
    There's a interesting forum post on a Physics site regarding being remembered which I guess could be like leaving your mark on the world

    http://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=5781