Are you comfortable? Right now, in your warm room, relaxing after a long day of school or work? Are you too tired to do anything? Go ahead, sit, relax, enjoy it, you earned it! After (x) hours of work, you deserve to sit down and watch your favorite TV show and play the new Halo, Call of Duty, or whatever game you love. Sadly, after that show, after that final kill, after that final high, you have to return to reality. And to some, that reality is a bitch. But hey, you can return to your alternative reality tomorrow! No problem, right?!
After a few weeks of this repetitive mundane life, you begin to get tired of it. The happiness you once received soon fades away. Trust me, it never lasts. What I am here to tell you is; do not settle for the alternative reality, the artificial happiness, the rubber society that we have collectively created. If you are not happy with your current situation, change your situation! Do what you want to do! Not what your parents want, not what society wants, and not what your friends want. You are your only limitation. Follow the inner voice that is you.
News flash! You are a part of a great big, vast world that is within potentially an infinite Universe which is also potentially intertwined in a Multiverse, all simultaneously working together in this moment that we call the Now. What you are currently doing in the moment is what the entire Multiverse is doing right Now. You should NOT settle for the next video game or the new Dancing With the Stars to spend that Now. Just because it’s cloudy out, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go outside. Life is grand. Explore it!
As far as I can tell, we only live once. Do you want to leave this rotating crystalized blue rock in the void, inhabited by life, life that you are, and that seems to be the only life in this Universe (doubtful), with not even living that precious life? For the sake of humanity and the Earth in general please, follow that inner voice and do what YOU want to do. Life is here for one thing, to live. So….LIVE! Choose wisely what you do, because if your life truly flashes before your eyes when you die, you might think twice about what you did.
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@thestranger, Nice! That’s a good idea. I’m working right now and moving out tomorrow. Going to save up for 6 months or so and then go to Thailand. Apparently there is a meditation retreat I can go on that all it requires is a donation and it lasts for a week, or possibly a month, can’t remember, but you get free food and shelter.
What organization are you doing this with?
@blankey, sounds good man. I found this org online called International Volunteer HQ. They’re much more affordable than other volunteer orgs because there’s no “middle man” that the majority of the money goes to. They provide accommodation also and allow you time to do sightseeing while there. I’m suppose to be starting in South Africa in July for one month. Let me know what you think about the organization.
@blankey, Im not sure. The organization doesn’t really specify that on their website. I believe thats something you negotiate with them when you arrive. Thailand sounds great. I would go to Thailand but I’m allergic to shellfish and I’ve read thats pretty much impossible to avoid out there so my plan for now is South Africa, India, Brazil and maybe one or two other countries. Which meditation retreat are you going to?
You’re right but it’s also a bit idealistic. I’m not trying to talk like a conditioned fool but you can’t completely escape this society. You have to turn a buck somewhere. That’s the problem. You have to make money to some extent. And you need that money now. Say for instance you want to be a writer, it will take time to write that book/screenplay. How are you going to feed yourself and have shelter in the mean time? And what if you don’t make money from it after you’ve written it. So we must create balance between the job and following our bliss until hopefully making money is a mere side effect of following your bliss not what you’re in it for.
So take up a job that covers the basic needs but that also affords you free time to follow your passions and come up with other streams of income. The coming up with other streams of income is the part I find most difficult but I’m working on it. Some people create other escape routes. Look at self help books- how do you make $1 million? You write a book about how to make $1 million. Now that’s genius
See the majority of us don’t have great original ideas that we can work on but people like us yearn for it.
@creativenik, Obviously these sort of things take planning and time and are different for different people with different situations, so I mean it is slightly complicated. The point is, if the world/our culture is telling you to do one thing and you find it to be not what you want, don’t do it and instead do what you want to do.
hahah for sure! Well you are only 19 so with time, inner reflection, experience, and the works you will find what you love. Spend a good amount of time trying to answer the question: What do I desire? Also, life is in constant flux, always changing. All you have to do is keep up with it and dance with it!