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Changing your ways
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Posted 8/8/12
Sometimes when I watch TV and news which shows people dying or being accidentally killed, I tend to do a little introspection on the life I have lead and try to change my ways.



Its not an easy thing though and sometimes people think that I haven't really change anything about myself but I'm trying. For instance, i would at least I try to lessen my habit of lying or even keep my mouth shut just to prevent myself from insulting other people if I can help it. When I said change, it doesn't necessarily mean I do a complete 180 degree and become a saint all of a sudden. No. But I digress, the main point is have you ever thought of changing your actions when you think of the possibility of your death? (Was the question clear? nonsense? stupid?)

anyway, if this is a thread that has been asked before feel free to locked it...
Posted 8/8/12
I don't generally change what I do unless one of two things occurs:

Catalyst 1: I am deathly bored or dissatisfied with current outcomes for said behavior.

Catalyst 2: I almost get killed from last action or behavior.

Outside that I have a hard time justifying change for the sake of change. At least in established things I do everyday or first reaction type scenarios.
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I find change really does come from within and trying to change people usually doesn't end up well.

Aside from that bit of philosophy, yes I have changed a lot in just the past 2 years. A lot for the better and some for the worse. As for the catalyst, I usually don't change because of the thought of death but more to make life better if that makes sense.

If I look at my life and think of ways to improve on it after seeing or hearing LOTS of different things. It could be a random scene from a movie, tv show or anime. It could also be the story of a friend or finding out what needs to be changed by talking through it with another person. Sometimes it just comes out of the blue but those are usually minute changes. I guess when I see news stories about peoples deaths I just feel sorry for their families more than anything.

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yes after i watched angel beats **SPOILER** where otanashi signed his organ Donner card so he could give someone else hope that was really touching to me. and also someone who i really cared about i wasnt exactly the best person to them so i wanna do some good in my life so i can feel like ive actually done something good.
Posted 8/9/12
Near death experiences don't change me. Chocolate cake does, but mostly around the waist.
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Posted 8/9/12
Yes, I try to be kinder to the people that I care about. When I begin to think about death, I regret my bad actions towards family and friends. I visualize how life would be without them, especially my parents, and that motivates me to be a better person so that later on I won't have any regrets.
Posted 8/9/12
Changing my ways is a hard thing to do for me.
Before school started I told myself I'd do better in academics and doing school work.

In the first weeks I was full of motivation.
And now, nothing. I havent done any school work.

I also told myself I'd stop being such a bitch.
But heck, I am still one.

I'm not saying I dont want to, I just find it hard to do.

I want to at least be a better me in the near future x.x;;
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Im always trying to do good for people even if i dont get any good in return. I guess i have changed in some ways for the better. Iused to not care much for others or that changing wont do any good.
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Posted 8/9/12

NovemberXl wrote:

Near death experiences don't change me. Chocolate cake does, but mostly around the waist.


you're funny
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NovemberXl wrote:

Near death experiences don't change me. Chocolate cake does, but mostly around the waist.


Haha funniest post ive read in a while
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When I think of death, it's a bit of despair and a lot of uncertainty. I need to feel certain about something or I at least want to at that moment so the feeling doesn't control me. I am certain that I'll still be my mother's daughter or even as simple as I am certain the news will come on at 10pm every night. You can never be certain and doubtful. You can be doubtful about being certain, but being certain that you're doubtful sounds weird - a bit redundant, I might add...
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That moment for me came at the time my father passed away two years ago. See, he was definitely not the best dad...and did a number of well...idiotic things which caused him and my mother to separate. Eventually he disappeared when I was around 11-12 and it stood that way for about a decade. The next time he managed to make contact with us was...well when he was diagnosed with cancer, which was at its final stages. My older brother held more despise for him than I did..for me the feeling was mixed...but I took it upon myself to spend time and talk with him, to hear out his thoughts...and it wasn't until the day he passed that it hit me. Though many things he had done in the past left the family in disarray...he came through at his last moments to make things right..or try to the best extent. So many people leave this world without ever truly being at ease due to issues that were never approached..so to see him to that...well, it gained my respect..more than anything else he had ever done as a father.

From the day of his passing onward I had taken time to reflect on myself, who I was, and what I've been trying to surmount to. I needed to confront my problems as well, my weaknesses and doubts both physically and mentally. It led me to find a spark within myself that has just changed everything around me since. I'm so much stronger and wiser now. I think the most important fact is that I looked over my shortcomings, mistakes, and imperfections...and made them a source of my strength for refinement. I've discovered and learned to use my own capabilities in order to progress, with friends and family of course being further extensions of support. Now, if I ever stop to wonder why I do what I do...I simply say, Why not? ...

If its there is any phrase that could sum up my basis of reflection, it'd be this one: "Only you can set you free".
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Posted 8/9/12
I try not to be so shy and lazy. I'm the kind of person who would rather stay home and read something than to go hang out with people.
Posted 8/9/12
i try to drive slower because lord knows I dont want my car to be my coffin.
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Posted 8/9/12
A constant but gradual process for me. I ultimately decide what parts of my persona I wish to change or develop.
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