"The trouble is, you think you have time." -Buddha
You only have one life to live.
Doesn’t this scare you? I feel pressured to do a lot of things before I die…
I heard that your life is defined by missed opportunities. but why do people miss these opportunities? Do they think these opportunities will come again?
I have 2 questions.
1. What makes you happy?
2. What do you want to do before you die?
I want to get inspired.
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Having studied a bunch of Buddhism, I believe the quote is referring to our disposition to think in terms of time. Clocks are definitely necessary for certain tasks, but when we think in terms of ‘what’s next’ or dwell on the past we are removed mentally from the now. We only ever exist in the now, and to attain a deep state of bliss or enlightenment, the practice and realization is required in the present. Just being. Just sitting. These are markers or signs pointing anyone towards the realization of their now. It’s not hard, just hard to talk about.
1) Navigating the deepest waters of thought, emotion, and experience.
2) Learn as much as possible about everything. Meet as many people as possible.
Things I want to do: Travel. Visit a monastery. Teach kids English in Thailand. Visit the Valhalla project and stay for a month or more. Start my own sustainable living community in Oregon or Washington. Astral project and become proficient at it. Meditate every SINGLE day. Do Yoga every SINGLE day. Read at least one chapter of my books every two days. Take Ayahuasca, Iboga, Mecaline, and LSD.
What makes me happy? Meditation, laughing, soccer, reading, smoking marijuana with some friends, taking mushrooms, being with family, petting my cat, eating delicious homemade food, sleeping, and dreaming.
I haven’t been on here for a while, forgot how awesome you people are lol! Guess i’ll express a couple cents ;)
1.) Making other people happy, and choosing to enjoy things :)
2.) I want to learn to do anything that I desire. To be positioned well enough, with enough skill developed that I can create whatever I wish. ie: I want to build this business, build a charity, have this person raise 300k by next month, etc. To be limitless.
When I read the quote I interpreted it as:
“Time is an illusion, and you’re fooling yourself if you think ‘the future’ is going to change anything about the present and permanent condition of awareness, of being; so, if you really want to do something, do it”.
I’m in college at the moment. I drink. I smoke cigars, cigarettes, hooka, weed, all the basics. I’m failing out, but the weird thing is I could not be happier with my life at this point in time.
2. no clue
i always think that the buddha wants to be possession less, and will later revert that time, were we to observe it sternly, has us. Under this idea, I interpret this to say we only have this one moment–no past, no future-which time has absolutely no measure of, the whole of everything that this (gasp) is…no clock could define such a thing.
1. making other people happy, seeing my man smile.
2. Learn to speak swedish, spanish or both, play an instrument well; but most of all I want to help change the world by helping it move out of the stagnant pool of a society that we currently have.
1. To feel, any feeling, make-me happy to know that this is a sinal that says “I’m alive”, and proud of feel this.
2. I want to make the best as I can to make othe people feel the world as I feel. Make than happy, and they will see that the smeling of a flower is infinitelly greater than a month on a cruise ship, or anything you can get by money.
@vernalsoul, I’ve also wanted to do something similar.
Check out David choe’s (artist) thumbs up web show sometime for inspiration on your #2
He used to have the first 3 seasons vice has gotten lame but it’s worth checking this show out. or i’m sure youtube has the rest…
2. Fall in complete and utter chaotic indescribable bliss-filled state of being in love with someone
your life should be defined by:
the amount of things you create
the amount of people and things effected by said creations
the amount of love you show towards those people and things
@citygirl9050, haha, I’m learning to turn being scared into courage, and even though there may be an end, I will never seek it. It will come in due time. That being said, I hear you when you say there is so much to do!!
So do it now :)
1)Music makes me happy
2)I want to climb a mountain, and then jump off of it and fly. After that, I’ll learn how to sword fight and re-introduce sword duels into modern culture. Sound good? :)
Well, some people like to think that some things are meant to happen and some aren’t. If they don’t happen, they weren’t meant to and that’s how it was meant to go.
1. Life makes me happy. Being alive and experiencing the greatness surrounding me.
2. I want to enjoy life as much as possible. The best way to do so, is by enjoying every moment in your life, every small thing… The morning breeze, the birds singing on the trees, etc…. Paying attention to such things is very important…& Acknowledging the world around you is a great achievement to yearn towards to.
+ of course, I want to learn to accept death. I don’t want to die scared.
While reading this thread I came across a few posts where people seemed to mention the fact that they would like to make other people happy, I just have to say that this kind of thinking is as delusional as thinking that you have time. How can you make someone else happy? Or vice versa? Think about it. By making them a cup of tea or saying a nice word to them. Sure that might be doing something nice for them, but you didnt MAKE them feel anything. They made the feeling themselves. They created the feeling or whatever it is they are feeling, due to an outside factor – in this case… you. You create it at all times. So all the songs that sing, “You make me feel soooo” are so full of “pardon the expression” crap. Then again how silly would it sound, “I make myself feel soooo happy when you are around!” or what have you haha. Doesn’t have the same ring to it haha. So thats the delusion. Sure, doing nice things for others may make you feel happy, but you’re the one creating it at all times in all situations. No one can or ever will make you feel a certain way but yourself.
@citygirl9050, funny, I have a different perspective on your buddha quote….to me, he is not saying plan your future….he is saying live in the moment and be appreciative. There is no future and thus no time. There is only now.
That being said…
1) You make me happy (seriously ;-)
2) Find some inner peace and radiate it outward
Honestly I don’t look at the life from the perspective that there’s a set amount of time for me, and then I’m done. From my point of view, I am immortal. Death is complete loss of consciousness (in the true sense of the word), and it’s not possible to experience unconsciousness. I was unconscious before I was born, but I’ve never experienced not being born. I’ve never experienced being dead, and I never will. The only time I will die unsatisfied is if I die and I’m not working my hardest to the things that are important to me.
I may not succeed in everything, but when it’s my time to go, I’ll know I’m leaving with perserverance.
@citygirl9050, I only have two things I really want to accomplish before I die.
One is to become an occupational therapist, because I have known it was what I was meant to do since I was a child, and I absolutely love what it entails.
The second is that I want to take a road trip with no pre-planned route across the country. I want to end up in small towns and have to learn to quickly build connections with people and hopefully see every walk of life and all kinds of culture. I want to go through a challenge like finding places to sleep and things to eat and being alone with my thoughts for long periods of time. Doing it by myself is the most important part for me, because I’m incredibly social and crave company constantly.
My third was to swim naked in a large body of natural water, but I accomplished that this year. [: It’s definitely going to be a thing I will try to do with some regularity now though.
What makes me happy?
1. My family and my friends surrounding me so I never have to be alone, that’s what makes me happy and I want them to always be happy. If not, then I want to make them feel better.
What do I want to do before I die?
2. I want to make a difference. I want to change the world for the better. And if that doesn’t work then I want to change one person’s world and make it better. I just want people to be happy and content with their lives. I want the world to be a better place.