Tuesday, June 2, 2009

It's Life

Life is fascinating! Don't you think?
It's just amazing how sometimes, just when you think what goes on in your mind is just different from the things that go through other people's minds; you find out people thinking the exact same things. It's just really so interesting.

The other day I was reading a book, and it was a nice little book that my friend gave me, and the author was talking about his early life and about his family and such and then he says something like 'I haven't truly experienced life.' It's just really really something that truly hit me when I read it. I know it may not sound that interesting, but I've always felt that I haven't still truly lived. I know that sounds very vague, and maybe even unbelievable, because even to me it sometimes does, since I have a life!

But it's just something that you can't help feeling sometimes, with me it goes something like: I'll definitely start to truly live when I leave school, get into college, and such things. Breaking away from school is such a big part of feeling like living when it's actually a very basic thing with life. I know that may not make sense, but I really think there's a big chance you may relate to what I'm saying. To just think that life is about living, in any way you choose to live, with family and friends and all the little experiences we've all had, everything we've been through and everything we'll be put through. What about the life you have? Your family? Your friends? The places you've been? You're passions? All of these things and so many more are there, and just to think that there's something good right there in you, and I truly think it applies to everyone why do we like to just make excuses? I'm done with all of that, I am!

We just need to realize that life already started, and we shouldn't keep on saying I'll truly start living when I do this or that or whatever. You are living! Stop trying to live, and just live and make the best out of what you have. I think I'll do my best to apply that, and just live. :)



Unknown said...

Aww, this is so positive, habibti! I understand what you meant when you thought life would actually start once you leave school. I think that has more to do with a phase we all go through. For instance, during my 10th grade I couldn't wait to graduate from school and start college. I couldn't stand the life I had, all the academic pressure and the awful social scene.
Only recently have I attempted to live life, you see. And college DOES help with that step, believe it or not :) So if you start to feel a bit down, remember it's just a phase and that the next day you'll see live as beautiful as it is!

Looove and smiles!*

Ashok said...

Well said, well said. I guess we are status quoists by nature and simply look for excuses to prevent ourselves from going through anything not routine. But through introspection we realise that it is meant to be otherwise. You, young lady, do seem to have a knack at introspection. You will do great, thats for certain!

rummuser said...

Noor, Ashok prompted me to visit your blog and I am quite bowled over. Do keep it up.

You might like to go here http://cheerfulmonk.com/2009/06/08/a-dull-life-i-dont-believe-it/
If you patiently go through the post and the comments, the answers to whether one lives or just goes through the motions become apparent.

Noor said...

Thank you so much for the link Mr. Ramana. It's great! And definitely puts some perspective to all of this.
:) I really appreciate your comment! Thank you.

Jean Browman--Cheerful Monk said...

Good for you for figuring that out! Some people never do.

What do you think of the following Joseph Campbell quote?

"People say that what we're all seeking is a meaning for life. I don't think that's what we're really seeking. I think that what we're seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the physical plane will have resonances within our own innermost being and reality...."

It sounds to me that you don't even require that resonance, you're going straight to honoring that feeling of being alive.

Noor said...

@ Jean:
I really liked the quote, it makes sense! I think we do analyze everything in life, why do we live, what's the purpose, etc. when it should be to just live, learn and have fun while you're at it. :)

Jean Browman--Cheerful Monk said...

I also think it takes some awareness to know what we really care about...what our our "own innermost being and reality" is. A simple example would be the research report you need to write. You say you are interested in the environment, so when you tap into that concern/passion you'll feel truly alive as you work on it. If instead you approach it as a drag, something you have to do but don't believe in then you won't feel truly alive when you work on it. It will sap your energy and feel like a waste of time.

Does that make sense to you? What do you think?

Noor said...

Yes, that does make sense actually. It's the reason why I'm choosing an environmental issue, since I'm not thrilled about the whole thing, so that hopefully as I do it, I'll actually feel strong about the cause which would make me more excited about it. :)

Jean Browman--Cheerful Monk said...

Is it possible to do your research project on aptitude tests/career counseling...how young people like yourself choose a major and possible career? Then when you start feeling pressured by people (presumably adults) you can ask them how they chose their careers. Did they get any guidance? Did they feel their chosen career was a good match for their interests and personalities? If they had to do over would they choose the same field? Are there more resources now-a-days for making that decision?

Also what would they do if they had to make choices in the present, rapidly changing world? How would they prepare for it? You wouldn't be asking for advice, but you would be listening to a variety of opinions in a nonthreatening way. You would also be letting them know that you are serious about your future and they needn't worry about you/pressure you.

What kind of guidance is available to you? Have you heard of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator? I didn't take that until I was an adult, and when I heard the results I felt that for the first time in my life someone really understood me.

I did take an aptitude test when I was about 14 years old. We took the test and had to write a report on a career that we might be interested in. That's when I decided to major in physics. The test told me a lot about my interests and was a big help. Again, what resources do you have? Have you tried any yet?

I don't know what the constraints are on your senior project, but it seems to me this topic wouldn't be hard to justify. What do you think?

cheerfulmonk said...

PS Please don't think I'm giving advice. Everything I say is presented as food for thought. :)

Noor said...

I've never heard of the test you mentioned, but I'll try searching for it and taking it. I've tried taking random tests, and almost everytime i get that I should become a doctor, and although it's very appealing, I don't think I can manage being a doctor, it'd be too much for me so it's not much of an option, although I'm not rejecting anything really.

And when it comes to the topic of the project, your idea seems very nice but I don't think my teacher would be very encouraging of it, since I really need an outcome and a conclusion, solutions for the problem, etc. that in this case would be kind of vague.

I'll let u know about the test soon, though. I'm sorry for replying late but I havent been online lately. And I dont mind your comments at all, its really the opposite, I love reading them, they give me a push to truly look for choosing a career, so thanks a lot! and please dont stop.
I really appreciate that you take time to comment here and reply to my comments!