Poll: I see myself living...
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Option 1
37 43%
Option 2
50 57%
Voters: 87.
#1
I sometimes think about life and stuff, you know how it is. Now, I don't like to plan. Anything. I like the unknown

However I sometimes wonder about how people's lives pan out, and how much people do or don't contribute to the world.

So yeah, there are two options I foresee:


1. On the one hand, I hate stress. I try and avoid it all costs. I don't really like exerting myself a lot. So, I sometimes think I would be content having a low-paid, stress-free job. You know, working in a pub and living in a beach hut sort of life.

However, is this a waste of a life? A lazy cop-out? It will have very minimal impact on the world, but does that matter if you are happy and chilled?


2. Grab life by the horns and live it to the fullest. Work hard, try and make an impact. Try and do something worthwhile. Get the big money, meet the important people. You know how it is.

However, there will be hard work, and stress. Lots of it. But you only have one life, so is it worth trying to get everything out of it?


I think I lean towards, and will forever lean towards, Option 1.

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#2
making money =/= a full life

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#3
I'm still trying to find space in my life to have a think and a breather, I'd like to go for option 2.

But I still love cake in all forms.
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#4
I feel like I need to do something that I can be proud of. I want to make some sort of impact. It would be nice to create something that would outlive me (and I don't mean children).

I don't want to have my life revolve around my job, though. I just want to be really good at something.
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#5
Option 3: Take life as it comes, get on with it.

Don't get stressed at little things, possibly get stressed at big things. If I want something I wouldn't work my ass off to get it I would go steadily, lifes to short to rush things.........

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#6
Well option one could be interpreted as making a positive impact on the world. If more people lived like that, the world would probably be a better place. Fair enough, just you on your own won't make any real difference, but who knows how many people you would influence over a lifetime?

However.
I take it you're single, or at least without children?
On average, quite a large percentage of us eventualy procreate, that means that there is every chance you will eventualy have kids if you haven't already. Living option one's lifestyle would be almost impossible while trying to provide for a demanding family, so once or 'if' that happens to you, you're either going to have to live a lifestyle more similar to option two or be labeled a 'loser dad'.
#7
I don't see the point in trying to make an impact personally. Except if you actually help mankind and not just get your name in the papers.

Reminds me of an episode of Penn & Teller, they are talking about GM food or some shit and talked about a guy called Norman Borlaug that developed high yield food to feed people in India and Africa, he is said to have saved a billion lives.

When he won the Nobel Prize in 1970, they said he had saved a billion people. That's BILLION! BUH! That's Carl Sagan BILLION with a "B"! And most of them were a different race from him. Norman is the greatest human being- and you've probably never heard of him."
#8
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EDIT: in case you think I'm bashing rich people, I'm not. But bottom line is, in life, you gotta do what makes you happy. If being rich will make you happy, then try to make as much money as possible. If being able to do art makes you happy, then do that. If you want to get rich doing art, go live in a mental institution with lunatics like me

They're both very fine choices and both have a bunch of baggage that comes with them, so you might as well choose the option you are most attracted to.
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#9
Voted option 2.

I will gladly work towards option 1 while I make enough money to fund option 2. But once I've got it then I am doing it.
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Voted option 2.

I will gladly work towards option 1 while I make enough money to fund option 2. But once I've got it then I am doing it.


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#11
Option 1, I feel no need to 'impact the world'. Just enjoy your time here to the fullest.
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#12
I live fast, I work hard. I don't think I'll have an impact on the world. But I do think I'd be lost without my stressing job. I define myself through my professionnal accomplishments. Some people are not like that. My father always told me to be loyal to what's really important for you.

I'm committed to my soon-to-be wife, but I'm also committed to my job, which allows me to live a comfortable life.

And option 1 isn't really stress free. When you don't have a job security, I think money issues are more stressful than any job in the world.
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#14
Basically, type A or type B personality.

I'm AB. I have a lot of goals and things to do, but I try to do them calmly and efficiently.

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#16
I've tried doing Option 1 my entire life, and you know what? It's not as great as it sounds. An attitude that promotes lazyness doesn't just affect what you want it to affect, it seeps in to everyday tasks and interactions.

I'm not saying that you should work to the bone, but everyone has to have something to aim for in live, otherwise the opposite happens of what we were actually trying to achieve. You lack satisfaction, a sense of worth and you eventually feel unfulfilled.

That being said, maybe that's just the kind of person I am. I find it pretty damn difficult to sit on my ass watching TV and playing computer games all day.
#17
I'm not sure how to answer. I tend to seize opportunity whenever possible, but I also tend to be pessimistic about every opportunity I endeavor to do.

I want success in life, but not in the form of money. I want to make a difference in the world. I want to make people's lives better; I want to inspire young minds; I want to spread peace and tolerance. From a more selfish perspective, I want love, a career I enjoy and that can be part of my identity (not just a paycheck), and the mutual respect of my peers and superiors.
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#18
The best description I can offer of me is Option 2 while coming across as Option 1. I work at what I love to do a lot, but because it's what I love to do I come across as just being really kinda lax and stress free.

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I want success in life, but not in the form of money. I want to make a difference in the world. I want to make people's lives better; I want to inspire young minds; I want to spread peace and tolerance. From a more selfish perspective, I want love, a career I enjoy and that can be part of my identity (not just a paycheck), and the mutual respect of my peers and superiors.


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#20
Definitely option two. I have a very clear goal in life. It's something so passionate about I can see it. I'm going to achieve it.
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#21
Option 2. Being lazy feels good sometimes but I usually regret it later.
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#24
I want to do what I love, enjoy life, have a good family. That is my measure of success.
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#25
1, I chose you!

2ers, you can work as hard as you like, meet all the 'important' people you want, but every one of us ends up the same way: dead. Best to enjoy yourself as much as you can and avoid needless stress, imo.
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#26
work hard and make lots of money and an impact and something i love.there not mutually exclusive you know
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#27
Number 1 sounds good.

Just so you all know, I'm feeling so emotional right now.


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#28
What I love most in the world is playing guitar so that's what I'm going to do. I'm going to become very knowledgable of music theory as I attempt to put together a band of some sort. That way, I can fall back on teaching people to play music. It's a win-win situation. I know a guy that charges $10 for 30 minute sessions (6 days a week, from noon to 9pm) and he never really has spots open so it can be done.

I'm going to be #1 while striving to be #2.
#29
I like to really throw myself into everything I do. I don't know why, I never deliberately chose to do that, it's just the way I've always been. It's worked pretty well so far so I'll keep it that way but maybe if I get really stressed in the future, I'll try and take things slower.

But life's complex, I'm sure you could both options could lead to satisfaction but could both also lead to dissatisfaction. Eg. in option one you could end up feeling like you've done nothing of worth, in option two you could earn tons of money but still end up feeling like you've done nothing of worth. There's no surefire way to hapiness.
#30
Option 2.

Not for the money, for making a difference in my field of work (once I start working). I want at the very least to discover/formulate a scientific law, and then name it after myself. Therefore I will live on for hundreds, maybe thousands, of years.

At this point I think making a difference in the world is a little beyond me (unless I develop something really simple that somehow revolutionizes the way people live), so right now I'm just aiming to revolutionize my field of study/work.
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#31
I'm leaning towards option 1.
I used to have everything planned out, and it perfect under option 1. I since have changed my life goals, my major, everything. Now its closer to option 2 but still within the boundaries of option 1 I think.
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Option 2.

Not for the money, for making a difference in my field of work (once I start working). I want at the very least to discover/formulate a scientific law, and then name it after myself. Therefore I will live on for hundreds, maybe thousands, of years.

At this point I think making a difference in the world is a little beyond me (unless I develop something really simple that somehow revolutionizes the way people live), so right now I'm just aiming to revolutionize my field of study/work.


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