The purpose of your life

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    Sep 05, 2009 10:37 PM GMT
    What gives your life meaning? What do you think your purpose in life is?
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    Sep 05, 2009 10:42 PM GMT
    creativity gives my life meaning. as for my "purpose..." i don't know that i was placed here for any "important" reason. i do the best i can with what i've got, and some days i actually make a choice, observation, statement, or difference, and somehow that feeds back into the creativity that gives my life meaning in the first place. i guess that means i'm here to do that which makes me feel good about being here.

    you didn't answer your own question. why gives you a sense of purpose? why are YOU here?
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    Sep 05, 2009 11:20 PM GMT
    I'm available to water my friends' plants when they're away.
    I buy stuff, which puts money in other peoples pay checks.
    I'm a quiet, considerate neighbor, so no problem for my condo neighbors.

    Sounds kind of pathetic... icon_neutral.gif
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    Sep 06, 2009 1:01 PM GMT
    I spent a lot of years believing in a life purpose. Trying to find the meaningfulness for myself that everyone of my incredibly miserable teachers told me I could have back in grade school.

    Unfortunately more than like 4 to 5 years out of high school, I've found nothing. And in an attempt to figure myself out and to try to understand what makes me tick, I've found nothing useful.

    Nothing that directed to me to a particular hobbie, nothing that directed me towards a particular career.

    It suddenly occurred to me that the things that did make me happy in life, that passion, were such selfish trivial things.

    I live to be entertained and uncompromised.
    I suppose I crave awkward beauty in all film, literature, people and despise being bothered with things that I just don't care to be bothered with.

    I know it kind of gets me no where.

    So as time goes by I very quickly realize the only purpose I have in life is that of my family and friends. I suppose my very nature has bred me to be loyal and perhaps that is why i am in military today.

    I have noticed an ongoing trend in my life lately. Not so much a flat out epiphany, but more like a little bit being revealed little by little. And it seems like I am being set on a path to help people. It seems like no matter what I do thats where I end up at. Medical, social programs etc. Perhaps as this new phase of my life reveals itself I may find great purpose in doing that.

    Until then I'm just making the most of things until I die.
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    Sep 06, 2009 2:17 PM GMT
    The short answer is I'm still figuring this out!

    I want my life to have a positive affect on advancing the human rights of our community...which is why I switched careers about 7 and a half years ago.
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    Sep 06, 2009 2:24 PM GMT


    “What do we live for; if it is not to make life less difficult to each other?”


    - T S Eliot
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    Sep 06, 2009 5:08 PM GMT


    Whatever it is, when it presents itself in the most GRAND FASHION, I hope that it will leave me proud and reach those around me embraced with smiles.
  • jc_online

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    Sep 06, 2009 5:26 PM GMT
    From as early as I remember I have always recognized that my life is not about me - what I can gain, how much money I have, etc - but rather about what I contribute to others.

    I learned early in life to leave things in better shape than when I arrived - includes everything from campsites to volunteering at a crisis hotline.

    I guess my life purpose is to contibute to the world around me in order to leave it better off when I exit to my next existence. All of my career I've focused on raising money for nonprofit groups to do a more effective job. I know one doesn't guarantee the other, but that has been my goal for life. The part of this world that I come into contact with will be a little bit better because of what I contributed.

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    Sep 06, 2009 5:37 PM GMT
    _Brandon said
    Just love and be loved!...I guess... that's the most important.


    In terms of 'purpose', I couldn't agree more.

    In terms of meaning, this is a very subjective notion, which varies by individual definition, culture, context, stage in life, etc. It may including making a mark upon society and/or history, i.e., through theater, art, writing, political action, or whatever. It may mean self-actualization, and presumably, finding peace with one's self.
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    Sep 06, 2009 5:40 PM GMT
    Hmmm we are getting REAL deep on REALjock.


    My purpose in life i think is to enjoy everyday like its my last.

    Never stop soaking up information whether its pointless or important.

    To be a damn good friend an even better son and an even better sibling.

    To be happy and try my hardest to make the people that matter to me happy.
  • baldone

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    Sep 06, 2009 6:11 PM GMT
    in this new roll as an out gay male,i have not been able to find any purpose at this time....my son only needs me for what i can give him...daughter does not really need me, have no family and friends have left....soooo am trying to forge my way forward and live each day till the next...i have two great pals in my dogs that love me unconditionally.....but other than them, i've not found any purpose at all
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    Sep 06, 2009 10:23 PM GMT
    I was born, and lived old enough to do whatever I won'ticon_cool.gif.

    Since I was born a homosexual, and not a breeder. I'm responsible for no other than myself.icon_cool.gif.

    I have done many good deeds in my walk of life, I seen, experienced, witnessed,, survived, and now document.............
  • Thirdbeach

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    Sep 07, 2009 2:27 AM GMT
    The purpose of my life is to accumulate the most possessions and the most amount of material goods possible in the time alloted to me.

    Is there something else to live for?
  • mynyun

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    Sep 07, 2009 2:51 AM GMT
    I am the chaos to order. I am the mayhem to peace. I am the outgrowth to purpose.icon_exclaim.gif
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    Sep 07, 2009 3:08 AM GMT
    Make the world a bit of a better place.
  • upsguy68

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    Sep 07, 2009 3:13 AM GMT
    Lately, I have been asking this question to myself, and not coming up with an answer. I'm glad that I'm not the only one who doesn't have an answer.
    But I'm going to keep pressing forward until such an epiphany happensicon_exclaim.gif
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    Sep 07, 2009 3:13 AM GMT
    i tried to talk this over with JP, but the words got in the way.

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    Sep 07, 2009 3:44 AM GMT
    syd_hockey_79 saidMake the world a bit of a better place.


    Well writen syd_hockey_79

    Thanks to all who have replied so far. Keep posting. Love, family, friendship, creative passion, and volunteerism all give meaning to my life.

    Lately, I have been contemplating what exactly I am supposed to accomplish and contribute whie I am here on this planet.

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    Sep 07, 2009 3:44 AM GMT
    I'm here to suffer.

    From that suffering I learn.
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    Sep 07, 2009 3:55 AM GMT
    I am searching for the answers to these questions........I think I'm here for the journey.
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    Sep 07, 2009 3:57 AM GMT
    pitt2499 saidI think I'm here for the journey.

    You'd better be, the destination is a killer.
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    Sep 07, 2009 4:04 AM GMT
    beauty, dahlings. It´s all about beauty: physical, artistic, moral. All kinds of beauty.

    JP, did i lend you my cravat? icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Sep 07, 2009 1:33 PM GMT
    theantijock said
    Halfstep saidI've found nothing.


    The road to enlightenment is a thin line upon steep shoulders. Down one side is fundamentalism and down the other nihilism. Yours will be an interesting life. Stay balanced & enjoy.


    thank you