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Tell us about your goals. Where did you see yourself at your age, 5 years ago?

In a fantasy world/alternate reality from your own; what would you be? Where would you go?

Where do you think you messed up? What held/is holding you captive in your current reality?

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*This thread will benefit from older users. The younger users will not have too much to contribute, but are welcome to leave comments.

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Five years ago - I saw myself pursuing a career in history. Maybe a curator, or a subject matter expert. I would travel the world, giving lectures - teaching hopeful young minds. Having forums, debating theories. But circumstance always finds a way to hinder you. I had to start working to support my family. There is pride in that; but I am now far away from my goals.

In an alternate world - I would liked to be born of noble birth, or at least within aristocracy. I would have studied to become a conductor. I still dream of it sometimes, standing in front of musicians, all eyes on my hands... 3... 2... 1.... then we launch into Dvorák's 5th. Ah, that would be beautiful.

But I grew up in mediocrity and studying music was unthinkable in my family. 'Study something practical. How will you earn money through music? There is only one Beethoven, the rest are starving on the streets'. Now, it is too late for that as well. I am too involved with work, life, bills, payments. It's never going to happen. I'll never be a conductor. I'll never be able to play an instrument at a level that I've pleased with and my classical music collection will be sold off or donated to the local Goodwill when I'm dead.

I failed when I stopped fighting for what I wanted in life. I became complacent and now - in between working a mediocre job in insurance, paying for rent, bills, car, life insurance and debts - I have no time to study music. I have to time to sit down and dream. I have no time to attend concerts like I wanted. I have no time to travel the world to lecture young minds. No, I only have time for feeling sorry for myself - in between the files that I work on in my beige cubicle - surrounded by leeches and vampires.
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Tell us about your goals. Where did you see yourself at your age, 5 years ago?
My goal is to seek 2 important things in life, happiness and love. I'm still young and I don't have anything I can offer yet to this thread. However , being at a certain age I can say that being a kid now is way harder then being a kid before.

In a fantasy world/alternate reality from your own; what would you be? Where would you go?
Hmmm. . . A hard question.
A world maybe like Adventure time with a mix of Final Fantasy?

Where do you think you messed up? What held/is holding you captive in your current reality?

Not going fully into dance when I was young. Regretting that i'm making up for it now.

What is holding me captive . . . .
Grades. It may seem petty to others. However , to get what I want to do I must achieve a certain number to get in . It's literally a nuisance to hear teachers say that grades don't dictate anything of ones intelligence , but imo it does. If people don't meet a requirement , its likely a big chance that they won't get the spot, etc. ( ofc I know its not always the case )

and money.
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5 years ago? I remember wanting to be a dentist. Maybe Engineer of some sort. At that time I was very undecided and very carefree. I always have cared about my future a lot but as a teenager living a privileged life, its easy to lose sight of things fairly quickly.

Alternate world? Hit the biggest lottery and just enjoy life from there. I would do all the things I never could like buy a super nice car, nice house (not big), take school for the rest of my life (knowledge is power). Travel the world and learn in different countries like take theoretical math in England, then move to china and take maybe some sort of literacy course, japan and further explore engineering and etc.


Honestly, i don't think failing and wishing to go back is the best option. I know i am not always happy with life, but i would never want to change anything since my parents are great, my finances are in good standing and while i wish that i did not procrastinate as much as i do, the procrastination actually helps me do much better in a sense as i tend to focus all my energy into one thing at a time and do it as well as i possibly can. Still going through for engineering so i didn't stray too far off my goals. Dentistry kind of failed when i noticed that there is no way i can stand the sight of grotesque things.
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Well I can't actually say what I wanted to become 5 years ago, because then I was only 11 <.<

But what I can say is what I think I will be doing 5 years from now.

I will most likely be in school studying either to become a Doctor (neurologist) or trying my hand at programming. Those two will probably be one of my first choices that I will focus on in school, there is also the chance that I will start reading more into physics, Astronomy, History, Philosophy, but I have almost given up on that at the moment, even though those things intrigue me more than becoming an Doctor and Programmer.

But that's where I get into the goals in life part.

My goals are rather large, I have this idea to make something that as we see it right now, is pretty much decades ahead of our technology, but I want to make it happen, I have my reasons for wanting to make this for personal use and for the money part, which would be something to change our world, I don't really wanna say what it is, but I think pretty much anyone would like the idea behind it. For this idea of mine I will have to become a doctor that specializes Neurology and an programmer <.< Well I guess that could give you sorta a hint what I'm going to do.

Another goal of mine would probably be something I could not accomplish if I chose the route of the goal above, because that is to become an astrophysicist, the reason I want to do this is just because I love space, I love how the world works, even though the math is too big for me to comprehend at this moment, but I love it nevertheless.


There are many things that I want to become, many goals I want to achieve in my life, but as I get older and older, I'm beginning to realize that I can only do so much, I need to choose, which depresses me. I have had these moods when I'm like "what do I do with my life" just because I can't figure out which path I want to take, I don't want to take the wrong one, but there is so much potential in all routes that I want to take. I wish my life was a Visual Novel I guess, I could replay it after I was done with one route, then try the other one, that would make this whole decision making a whole lot easier.


I can list more goals in my life that I would like to accomplish if anyone wants to know <.< *Which probably no one wants xD* But right now I'm just tired, sorry for typos, if there are any, I have no energy to read through it and correct -_- Laziness for the win
Posted 7/18/13
Dreams --> failures ----> goals

In that order of attainment.
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My dream to be rich lol --- i Fail everyday to accomplish my dreams ---- goals work hard for money atm lol
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JayVeeDees wrote:




I think you should go for it.
Studying medicine is probably the longest and hardest course there is. It really tests your determination as a human being. But if successful at the end, you will be highly rewarded with knowledge, and knowing that you're able to learn everything else.

Keep in mind, as a medical student, you'll have to cut open bodies, sew them up, and as an intern at hospitals, you'll have to work crazy hours.


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Shohee wrote:

Tell us about your goals. Where did you see yourself at your age, 5 years ago?
My goal is to seek 2 important things in life, happiness and love. I'm still young and I don't have anything I can offer yet to this thread. However , being at a certain age I can say that being a kid now is way harder then being a kid before.

In a fantasy world/alternate reality from your own; what would you be? Where would you go?
Hmmm. . . A hard question.
A world maybe like Adventure time with a mix of Final Fantasy?

Where do you think you messed up? What held/is holding you captive in your current reality?

Not going fully into dance when I was young. Regretting that i'm making up for it now.

What is holding me captive . . . .
Grades. It may seem petty to others. However , to get what I want to do I must achieve a certain number to get in . It's literally a nuisance to hear teachers say that grades don't dictate anything of ones intelligence , but imo it does. If people don't meet a requirement , its likely a big chance that they won't get the spot, etc. ( ofc I know its not always the case )

and money.


Being young is a problem I'd like to have. Yeah yeah, I'm 24 - I'm young. But not young enough. I have limited time to do things I want to do.

It is hard being a kid. The world is a fucked up place now. My youngest brother is 17 this September. His life and my life are day and night apart. I didn't do what he does when I was 17.

What I meant by fantasy world/alternate reality is just that - it must be grounded in reality. Like, I dunno - be the first person to arrive at the closest start system to the Sun. Something like that. Romantic, but based on reality.

Grades aren't petty. Anyone who says that is an idiot. Grades determine which university you go to. Grades determine whether you're even accepted into your program of choice. Additionally, in some career - grades from university matter in the job market. Intelligence and good grades aren't necessarily a direct result of one another, however - having good grades does show effort and mental capacity on your part.

Keep at it. Don't get lazy, that's the easiest thing in the world.


JayVeeDees wrote:

Well I can't actually say what I wanted to become 5 years ago, because then I was only 11 <.<

But what I can say is what I think I will be doing 5 years from now.

I will most likely be in school studying either to become a Doctor (neurologist) or trying my hand at programming. Those two will probably be one of my first choices that I will focus on in school, there is also the chance that I will start reading more into physics, Astronomy, History, Philosophy, but I have almost given up on that at the moment, even though those things intrigue me more than becoming an Doctor and Programmer.

But that's where I get into the goals in life part.

My goals are rather large, I have this idea to make something that as we see it right now, is pretty much decades ahead of our technology, but I want to make it happen, I have my reasons for wanting to make this for personal use and for the money part, which would be something to change our world, I don't really wanna say what it is, but I think pretty much anyone would like the idea behind it. For this idea of mine I will have to become a doctor that specializes Neurology and an programmer <.< Well I guess that could give you sorta a hint what I'm going to do.

Another goal of mine would probably be something I could not accomplish if I chose the route of the goal above, because that is to become an astrophysicist, the reason I want to do this is just because I love space, I love how the world works, even though the math is too big for me to comprehend at this moment, but I love it nevertheless.


There are many things that I want to become, many goals I want to achieve in my life, but as I get older and older, I'm beginning to realize that I can only do so much, I need to choose, which depresses me. I have had these moods when I'm like "what do I do with my life" just because I can't figure out which path I want to take, I don't want to take the wrong one, but there is so much potential in all routes that I want to take. I wish my life was a Visual Novel I guess, I could replay it after I was done with one route, then try the other one, that would make this whole decision making a whole lot easier.


I can list more goals in my life that I would like to accomplish if anyone wants to know <.< *Which probably no one wants xD* But right now I'm just tired, sorry for typos, if there are any, I have no energy to read through it and correct -_- Laziness for the win


Oh man, five years ago, I was still in my 20's. Lol.

These are all good and attainable goals. But I'll tell you what I tell everyone. It's easy to lose sight of where you want to be if you get lazy. Stay focused, okay?

Life is mean. And people are genuinely not interested in you or your success. You'll learn that soon. You need to look after yourself and your family. Don't keep too many friends. They'll wear you thin.


Elektrawnik wrote:

Dreams --> failures ----> goals

In that order of attainment.


That's bloody fantastic.


Haunter923 wrote:

My dream to be rich lol --- i Fail everyday to accomplish my dreams ---- goals work hard for money atm lol


Why do you want to be rich?

Why does money equate to richness?

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Goals-Dreams-Failures

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No no, even though that summary is spot on I'll elaborate.

Goals:

To be honest, I had a couple some of which were harder than others. All this as of 14 years ago. Becoming a pilot, a doctor and an astronomer. Becoming a pilot is the easiest by far, maybe not career-wise though. I have the knack to become a doctor or an astronomer just because of my affinity towards Math and Science. I did try for both at the college level 6 years ago but I just lacked the drive. Even now I just can't bring myself to care about it even though I love it. Even worse though is that now even if I did find the drive I'm at a financial disadvantage.

Dreams:

Not sure about this one. I've had dreams about a lot of things but never a fantasy that was unobtainable. Okay, scratch that maybe. I may have fantasized at some point about being an astronaut. Only because of my love of aviation and astronomy. Being able to explore the solar system first hand.

Failures:

Everything. Well, I'm severely exaggerating. Up until 14 years ago I could've said without I doubt I could pursue what I wanted to and succeed at it. But my father was into some illegal business and it went south. We ended up leaving him and I had to take care of my siblings while mom worked. I suffered from the separation plus the next level of responsibility. My grades suffered. I was trying desperately to manage home life, academics, and economic needs. So I did my fair share of stealing and street work too. At the end of high school I just stopped caring. There was no point to want anything or to try harder. Everything just kind of sucked. Life sucked. I gave up. Going into college at that point was pretty much a waste. I had my fun sure but ultimately I didn't gain anything and now I'm 'paying for it' in every sense of the phrase.

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I'm currently pursuing architecture and it's not that I hate it but it's definitely not what I want to do. But I need a degree or so they tell me. And I'll always disagree. I wish I had the right motivation and people to at least offer an outside perspective.
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Tell us about your goals. Where did you see yourself at your age, 5 years ago?
My goal is to become a professional grade artist Able to express myself and the way I view this world through the medium.
5 years ago makes me exactly 15. I pursued my own styles of traditional art and tried to find ways(while in school) to showcase it


In a fantasy world/alternate reality from your own; what would you be? Where would you go?
I would be Lucifer. King of Demons. The Devil himself.I'd live in Hell. I would go to different worlds and reign over them out of boredom


Where do you think you messed up? What held/is holding you captive in your current reality?
We all make mistakes. But as long as we still have the resolve to move on considering them. Than you haven't really "messed up".You just side-tracked yourself.
If your asking what I wish I could've done earlier? I wish I would have listened to my art teacher a little(heck even alot) more.
What's holding me captive? The slight rejection from my family members in pursuing my goals. My little knowledge of art.My life before this



While this is a nice post n'all. I would like to imply some of my philosopy that makes this thread irrelevant for me

My "Dreams" aren't really dreams. Because that implies that reality may have a different setting for me. That may be so. But I've considered that and will fight to make those "dreams" reality. As long as I'm fighting to make them reality,Then it's not really a dream to me. It's just a matter of time and patience.

You can only "fail" if you give up. Or you aren't up to trying again.My goals have stayed with me. Although I've been through lots of trial and error.If you're ready to consider that life will be full of those. It fuels me to continue trying until those goals are reached.

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Where did I hope to see myself now, five years ago?

Well, 20 years ago I was in graduate school. I'd yearned to be a curator, preferably for the Smithsonian, and I worked really hard to get into a great school and prestigious program. I borrowed a serious bunch of cash, commuted 2 hours each way to school, worked at a job I found unbelievably tedious, and discovered half way through the program that I seriously hated it. There was no way I was ever going to want to do this for my living. I graduated anyway, with a huge debt and no intention of ever using the degree. Stupidest thing I've ever done. Five years ago I was bereft of goals, since that graduate degree taught me that I didn't really have a clue what I really wanted to do, since I hadn't done it yet, and I was basing it all on some fantasy about how I thought it would be.

In a fantasy world...

Strangely enough, I'm actually really happy with my life. I love my husband, I enjoy my days, and I hope to pay off the student loans before I die. Maybe. It could happen!

Captive in my current reality.

I think if I hadn't made all the mistakes and missteps I did, I wouldn't be this person I am today. A person I actually really like. There are certainly things about myself I would like to change, and as I've grown older, I've found that I've become more patient and willing to change slowly. In my own case, slow change tends to result in permanent change, where fast, drastic change just gets pushed to the side after a little while.

The only thing I would say to you, OP, since I am currently at twice your current age (that shocks me daily...who is this woman with the laugh lines and white hairs mixing up the dark ones in my mirror!?) is that life is berserk. You absolutely can expect things to get completely insane on a regular basis, and there is not a thing you can do about it. It's appalling to realize how few things are really under your control. Have hope! There is no way to know what might happen in the coming years. When I was 24, I thought I knew what was going to happen in my life. Not one single thing came out the way I was expecting. But it has turned out (so far) to be interesting. And really fun, here and there.
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I dream to make the portable toilet, for when you just can't get to a toilet. Complete with a sink and soap and toilet paper, maybe even wipes. Because a certain company stole my idea to get all you can from a soap or spray dispenser.
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This is truly tragic! Surely your mad Porta-Pottie skills could be utilized elsewhere, since you were born too late to cash in on your excellent idea! Perhaps a toilet that has a RatDetector with LIght Up Warning PanelTM for those cursed to live in urban areas, who might unsuspectingly stumble to the toilet in the night, only to have their precious personal parts nibbled on by vermin? If you do invent this, I ask only for a tiny 45% idea fee, payable on all sales.

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Tell us about your goals. Where did you see yourself at your age, 5 years ago?

My goals? Simple! Becoming successful, by any means necessary. I want to be able to provide for my future family. To do so I just first build the foundation. Stronger the roots, bigger the tree.

5 years ago I was the happiest I've ever been. I had no girlfriend, I had no "swag", I had no stress. I was happy for who I was.



In a fantasy world/alternate reality from your own; what would you be? Where would you go?
I would be myself. Taking place during the year of my 18th birthday.
Where do you think you messed up? What held/is holding you captive in your current reality

Two years ago I met the most amazing woman ever. Quite possibly my soul mate, yet I ruined things. It's the only regret I have. It's not holding me captive, but it is sure holding me back.
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I see my self Alligator/croc hunting in 5 years time


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In a fantasy reality i would be Aquaman

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In 5 years time the world would have ended or something

Global warming MEET Aquaman
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