I look out the window and often
wonder to myself, why am I here? What can I do? What
"should" I do? Having experienced 6 out of the 8
required terms necessary to finish my Bachelor's degree in
Engineering, I have pondered these questions so many times
that I am repeating the same things tenfold.
I have been reading Terry Woo's "Banana Boys" a lot
lately (it was featured two issues ago). That book deals a lot
with identity issues, especially for people who may look
different, but still call this place home. All the characters
in the book struggle with purpose - purpose is always hard to
judge when you're barely out of your teens. Some lucky people
find their purpose midway, but the rest of us just drift on,
doing the things we do, and trying to find some semblance of a
purpose. For a lot of people, it's finding that significant
Finding significant others are very easy for some people, and
nearly impossible for others. We are a visually oriented
species, and so a lot of the time looks factor majorly into
the decision-making process. But past that, the process has a
lot to do with our relatively primitive communication methods,
which often fail to convey concise information. Add that with
our increasing ability to become segregated from the rest of
society, and this makes relationships extremely hard to
achieve. However, if one does find a significant other, it is
worth the extra time and effort committed.
From another perspective, purpose can be an act, or a role.
Some people have something that they are obsessed with,
whether it be tinkering with cars, programming software,
playing the guitar, or just being really funny. Eventually it
consumes them and becomes a job for them. That's okay, since
the only way to become really good at something is if you
truly enjoy it. It's a good "happiness indicator",
if nothing else.
Finding a "purpose" can be all well and good,
however there can be many pitfalls in doing so. Some people
become so obsessed with their role that they shun all other
things necessary to maintain a healthy societal relationship.
Jealousy and hatred can also come into play - people can feel
that their role or "territory" is being invaded on
by other people. But I believe that being purposeful can be
the only way for a mostly lazy society to advance.
Most people spend their lives finding and eventually attaining
their "place". I hope you find yours.
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