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Thread: Being your own person.

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    Re: Being your own person.

    Quote Originally Posted by Catz Part Deux View Post
    Yep. I drive a 2001 Camry. It looks like crap, but it runs just fine. My goal is to owe no money and travel the world, once my kids are raised and educated.
    up until it finally died a few years ago, I drove a 1985 honda civic. thing had 327K miles on it when it finally croaked. I now drive an '03 Jeep Cherokee that I inherited from my mother.
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    Re: Being your own person.

    When I was a kid, I grew up in the woods without any other people around sans my immediate family and 4 other couples, none of whom had children. The saw mill and cluster of company houses was 40 miles from the closest store and about 20 miles of that was unpaved. As a result, I grew up pretty darned unsocialized, and so I think being my own person is pretty hardwired into me by now. About the only thing I remember from my first 5-6 years of life is being interested in plants, and as I grew up, I never wavered from my interests.

    Later on we moved to town, and when I was about to graduate from high school, it was just assumed I would go to a good school, but my heart wasn't into making scads of money, nor was it into making a career in science, as I just wanted to grow plants. I ended up dropping out of school, taking lots of drugs and joining a hippie commune. You've heard the term "turn on, tune in and drop out" . Well, that was me because there is about 5 years of popular culture in the 70s that escapes me because I was so far out of the loop.

    Anyway, fast forwarding to today, I'm now an old fart without a prestigious career, but by golly, I'm doing what I like to do. I own a nursery, I grow plants, and I hybridize. I suppose if I always did what others wanted me to do, I could very easily be somebody else, today, and have more things, but in my twisted view of the world some pollen with great potential or some new variety of a plant I haven't seen before is worth more to me than lots of fancy gadgets or impressive possessions.

    I don't know if I am my own man, and my dog sure thinks I'm his, but I have to admit that if we measure our lives by impressive accomplishments, others would probably consider me a failure. Success to me, though, is accomplishing what you want to accomplish, and I feel I'm getting there. That is all that really matters.
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    Re: Being your own person.

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    Having trouble parsing your post. Do you disagree or do you think he stated the obvious?


    i think he stated the sky was blue.... Though if you watch him in other threads, it's the Red he's more concerned with.
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    Re: Being your own person.

    Quote Originally Posted by Gardener View Post
    Success to me, though, is accomplishing what you want to accomplish, and I feel I'm getting there. That is all that really matters.
    I totally agree with this. My parents helped me go to college, with the goal that I'd do something high-earning, like being a doctor/attorney/pharmaceutical sales rep/accountant. I worked in sales right after college, but it was totally unsatisfying. My job choice (working with inner city gang members) wasn't at all what my parents wanted for me, but it's always made me happy (if not rich). But wealth, to me, is learning to be happy with what you have and not being owned by "the man." I have one and am 90% of the way to the other.

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    Re: Being your own person.

    I've always been left to sink or swim on my own. Being my own person's never been a choice for me.

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    Re: Being your own person.

    I think there are some people out there who think that the only thing that matters is how much money a person does or doesn't have. People are too hung up on how much money a person has or what kind of a life they are living.

    I have to wonder if that neighbor is the type that considers all or most welfare programs bad, while still believing that you should take money from your parents to live better?
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    Re: Being your own person.

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    Having trouble parsing your post. Do you disagree or do you think he stated the obvious?
    Actually, he simply wants to fight.
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    Re: Being your own person.

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    I believe that the group as a whole needs to make the decision on how to proceed over an issue (assuming that the group is cohesive enough that people just don't go off and do their own thing) and there will always be disagreement over it. Thats the nature of groups.
    But don't you see the issue with this statement? That the group decides and everyone lives with the decision - though some will disagree with it. It's taking away individual liberty to choose their own fate. They are no longer working for what their goals are but for what the group's goals are. It's enslaving them to a point. The fewer things the group provides, the better, if the top priority is protecting liberty which it always should be.

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    Re: Being your own person.

    and btw, to answer your question, please note my signature. You are not insane. You would only be fooling yourself if you take what you haven't earned. So though I don't compliment you for doing the right thing (to me it was really the only moral choice), I am glad to hear there is one less corrupt person in the world.

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    Re: Being your own person.

    not insane at all its exactly what I would do
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