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When did you realize what you wanted to do in life?
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I'm not sure I have a clear answer. I suppose I technically realised that I mostly wanted to have fun and do the things I enjoy pretty early on. I haven't actually found anything that I especially want to do as a career though and having fun isn't very profitable. Ideally, I'd want a job that I enjoy but I don't know exactly what that would be (maybe there isn't just one thing).

So you could say that I'm still trying to figure out what I want to do or you could say that I know what I want to do but haven't figured out the best way to do it. The uncertainty does make things difficult at times but I generally consider myself lucky and am aware that I could be much worse off.
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Old mentality:
I want to become a successful person and support a family and two children.
I hope to fulfill my hobbies to the fullest.
I hope to become a good person, with good morals and good character more than anything else.
Empathy and mutual understand is the key to peace.

New mentality:
IDGAF YOLO!
Cry out your sorrows in the shower and let it all out.
You'll never take my pleasures away from me!
I must find more pleasures!
This world is way too depressing screw it, inner spiritual peace didn't work.
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At age 14, I decided that I wanted to be a scientist or engineer. At age 21, I achieved that goal (engineer). Now at age 23, I'm continuing to improve myself within my organization, and am now at a considerably higher position than when I first started. Life is good...

.. though if there is one thing I absolutely hate, it's stagnation. Hence, I do not let myself to get carried away even if life is good; I continuously look for opportunities to improve myself and my skills, and soar to even greater heights.
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Not sure. I'm giving myself a do-it-yourself computer science degree and plan to ditch law and do programming. Actually, programming and I go way back: I did a lot of JavaScript on Netscape 3.5 and 4.0... hey, don't look at me like that! Also did VRML and a bit of VBScript, so my cred should be really high - or really low. Anyway, comp sci is a why-didn't-I-do-this-in-the-first-place kind of thing.

But I don't want another degree; I'll just argue that math degree + computer science self-study = computer science degree. It's... abstract algebra.

*crickets*

Ok, I'm done.
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I haven't, but I really need to since I'm 18 and not in a job or education. Normal jobs just seem boring as hell to me, and have all my life. I had a look through stuff today and it's all things like 'Grocery assistant' or 'Fishmonger assistant' or 'Part time store colleague', 'Retail adviser' it's all stuff that doesn't interest me, but I have to choose one. It kind of sucks. The only stuff I've enjoyed doing are artsy things which are literally hobbies and nothing more. At most I don't think I'm going to end up with a job I enjoy. It'll probably just be 'okay' at best. The whole 'I don't hate it but I don't especially like it' ordeal. People are so often like 'I want to be a police officer' or a mechanic or a manager in a business, or a scientist, or some sort of logical job position. I never had that. Oh well, you win some you lose some I guess.
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I knew what vocation (programming) I wanted to enter by age 10. I all but gave up on that line of work by age 20 (dropped out of college, just trying to make ends meet). I started in that line of work by age 30.
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I tried to find out but in the end my bum wanted to go back to my chair.
Posted 9/1/14
I still don't. I wanted to work in magazines, I even interned at one this past summer, but they are going downhill so I am back to square one.
Posted 9/1/14
I have nothing.
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All through high school and the first couple of years of college, I was certain I wanted to be a chemist (specifically an organic chemist doing natural product synthesis). Near the end of sophomore year of college, I realized I didn't actually enjoy the lab work as much as I thought I would, and I spent the next year-or-so with no idea of what I wanted to do before settling on library work (specifically conservation and/or cataloging). I'm in graduate school for that and feel like I finally found something that fits.
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OtakuKoala wrote:

I still don't. I wanted to work in magazines, I even interned at one this past summer, but they are going downhill so I am back to square one.


I know how you feel. The company i work for now is closing, so it's square one again. I also wanted to start college, but i need a job. Things are just a mess
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