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What makes life worthwhile for you?

  1. Sep 6, 2004 #1
    From basic survival to the promise of heaven, what drives your will to live?

    (I'm listening to PBS's "9/11: A Tale of Two Towers." Very disturbing.)
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  3. Sep 6, 2004 #2
    geez, hadn't really thought about it before. I can't think of anything. I'm heading out to lover's leap. No that's not true. Different things make me go on living, it might be something different everyday. Today it has been the posts that tell me I was missed. On other days it is my daughter, on other days it is simply the fear of the alternative. Lately it has been finding people worse off than me and making their life better, giving them something to live for. Tomorrow it is going to be my upcoming engagement to Evo, looking forward to the honeymoon.
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    Congrats, tribdo....hey, watch out for that shoe ! :wink:
  5. Sep 6, 2004 #4
    What stops me from finding the nearest cliff:

    * Natural instinct to stay alive
    * Don't want to cause grief to parents and sibling
    * Hobbies and interests

    You could say I'm in the waiting room for death, but with the fortune to have some toys to play with.
  6. Sep 6, 2004 #5


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    What keeps me going?

    My daughters and the wonderful people I've gotten to know here at PF. :smile:
  7. Sep 6, 2004 #6

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    My raison d'etre is to use my opposable thumb every morning to open a can of cat food for the feline I serve. Everything beyond that is trivial.
  8. Sep 6, 2004 #7
    That feline being represented in your avatar?

    Chaos. Disorder. Widespread panic. My work is done here.
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    PS: My signature is my reason for living. My last words will be, "My work is done here."
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    well, not really, because my kitty is more .. er.. well rounded. I do my job well! :biggrin:
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    Hmmm....that's a tough question. I don't know. Probably that I'm really good at being alive and too stubborn to let anyone change that on me :biggrin: Really, it's just all the little things. Like, tonight I've been bouncing around my office because I finally came across an article for my research that explains, at least to me, a lot of contradictory studies I've been reading. Even better, it fits well with the experiment I've been hatching, so I finally have a solid hypothesis!

    Or, maybe it's just that I finally had a three-day weekend that I spent at home, being a completely lazy bum, and hanging around PF. It felt really good to take a few days to do nothing. But that was enough, now I'm bored of doing nothing and back to work tonight.

    Really, it's the small victories that keep me going. Watching the light-bulb turn on over a student's head, a successful experiment, the new season of a favorite TV show starting, sitting in my office at home a good two weeks after painting and still liking the colors. :wink:
  12. Sep 7, 2004 #11
    My raison d'etre is learning.
    Tsu : you learnt me today that I can use raison d'etre in english. Thanks !

    "What's the french word for entrepreneur" :rofl:
    I still can't get enough of this one !
  13. Sep 7, 2004 #12
    Family, friends, Women, thoughts, (oh and nature&the other animals too), and all those temporary addictions there are too many of.
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  14. Sep 7, 2004 #13
    How could I forget women :surprised
  15. Sep 7, 2004 #14
    I used to live for music and the aim to get better at maths and science. Now I also live for my girlfriend, who I can no longer live without. :smile:

    The Bob (2004 ©)
  16. Sep 7, 2004 #15
    Youuuu were distracted by Tsu?
  17. Sep 7, 2004 #16
    It's not really worthwhile, my life sucks :frown:.
  18. Sep 7, 2004 #17
    OK, I am really sorry Math Is Hard ! :redface: :blushing: :shy:
    I have no idea what happened in my head. I know I wrote this after a long weekend (really great) but much too few sleeping. I won't be able to deal with this day.
  19. Sep 7, 2004 #18
    life is short

    Nylex, I lost a some of the very most important "things" in my life during the last two years. Now, I realize the only things that can't be taken from me are in my head.

    Cheer up buddy ! You have at least one of the greatest thing around in your life : that's PF. You'll ever people here to help you out.
  20. Sep 7, 2004 #19
    Maybe it's all this time MIH has been spending in Tsu's kitchen that confused me.
  21. Sep 7, 2004 #20
    Life is worth living for:
    -French Food
    -Sun Tzu
    -My destiny to take over the world.

    not necessarily in that order.
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