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Old February 7 2013, 03:51 AM   #16
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I think that self-improvement is a lifelong goal, even if all of your immediate needs are being met. How can you become a better, kinder, more knowledgeable, healthier, or more accomplished person?
While I agree that these kinds of things are important, they're too general for what I'm talking about. "Bettering myself" doesn't force me to get out of bed in the morning and do anything.

I think it's possible that I've just turned myself off since I know I'm going on vacation next month. I haven't been on a vacation in YEARS, and I don't really have anything big coming up between now and then. I feel like I'm coasting through life, which is not a feeling I'm used to.
Well yes, I couldn't get too specific because I know how picky you are. You've got to find your own things to do. All I know about you has to do with alcohol, beards, and your cat!
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Old February 7 2013, 03:52 AM   #17
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All I know about you has to do with alcohol, beards, and your cat!
Funny. As of a couple days ago, I am no longer drinking.
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Old February 7 2013, 03:53 AM   #18
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Complacency? Meh. Whatever.
I was going to combat complacency, but I couldn't be bothered...

Have you tried meth? I've heard good things.




Okay, seriously...I'm with the folks that say "enjoy it". Something will come along to challenge you eventually.

Right now, stay in the moment.

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Old February 7 2013, 03:54 AM   #19
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Right now, stay in the moment.

The moment is lame.
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Old February 7 2013, 03:58 AM   #20
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Right now, stay in the moment.

The moment is lame.
Or...is it the Greatest Moment Ever??
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Old February 7 2013, 03:59 AM   #21
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I've had way better moments.
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Old February 7 2013, 04:01 AM   #22
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All I know about you has to do with alcohol, beards, and your cat!
Funny. As of a couple days ago, I am no longer drinking.
I think I've found the problem.
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Old February 7 2013, 04:01 AM   #23
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All I know about you has to do with alcohol, beards, and your cat!
Funny. As of a couple days ago, I am no longer drinking.
I think I've found the problem.
Good point!

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Old February 7 2013, 04:02 AM   #24
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All I know about you has to do with alcohol, beards, and your cat!
Funny. As of a couple days ago, I am no longer drinking.
I think I've found the problem.
No. I've been drinking way too much the last few months. I'm hoping some extended sobriety might mix things up.
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Old February 7 2013, 04:08 AM   #25
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Funny. As of a couple days ago, I am no longer drinking.
I think I've found the problem.
No. I've been drinking way too much the last few months. I'm hoping some extended sobriety might mix things up.
Oh I'm just teasing. It's a good thing, but it might explain why you have some extra energy or feel restless.
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Old February 7 2013, 04:10 AM   #26
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I think I've found the problem.
No. I've been drinking way too much the last few months. I'm hoping some extended sobriety might mix things up.
Oh I'm just teasing. It's a good thing, but it might explain why you have some extra energy or feel restless.
Sometimes I think people overestimate how much I used to drink. I was drinking more than normal the last few months, just because I was going out with people more than usual, but I typically never drank more than once a month or so. Amongst most people I know, I am incredibly boring and straight-laced.

I think I just have too much freetime on my hands. It's the slow season at work, so everybody's hours have been cut back. Over the summer I was working 60 hours a week. Right now I'm working maybe 25-30. It was nice for a while, but I'm reaching a point where I really need something more to occupy my time.
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Old February 7 2013, 04:34 AM   #27
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I know this amazing show, it has over 700 episodes!!!! I bet that would use up your time.
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Old February 7 2013, 04:40 PM   #28
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Learn to crochet. Make afghans or teddy bears for needy children or something. A pile of yarn and a hook will keep you busy (interested, challenged, frustrated) for years. I've been at it for a good 25 years now and I'm still learning new stitches and techniques.
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Old February 7 2013, 06:27 PM   #29
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Learn to crochet. Make afghans or teddy bears for needy children or something. A pile of yarn and a hook will keep you busy (interested, challenged, frustrated) for years. I've been at it for a good 25 years now and I'm still learning new stitches and techniques.
I was just going to suggest the same thing, based on your other thread about "old people" arts dying. I have plenty of patterns I could send you!

Doing something with your hands in general, whether it's crochet, woodworking, paint-by-numbers (or real painting if you're good at that), building robots, whatever...just the act of creation is very rewarding, especially because you don't have the pressure of a deadline but whenever you do finish you have something to show for all that work.
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Old February 7 2013, 07:30 PM   #30
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First off, I would take at least a little bit of time to enjoy the fact that you're satisfied with your life. Bask in the comfort and peace that it brings. Many of us only dream of reaching that point, and it also often doesn't last forever.

I've been complacent before. It lasted for a period of time, and then I realized that I was doing absolutely nothing and that my life was feeling pretty empty. I needed excitement. I needed to be doing... something. Over the last few years, I've gradually been "shaking things up". I'll do something that I hadn't done before. I've also been doing a lot of soul searching and self analysis. Am I really happy with my life? What areas need improvement? What would I need to make myself happy? What do I want? Asking these kinds of questions - and being honest with yourself - can lead to a whole new list of goals to work towards. For the past year or so I've really been focusing on mine.
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