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Patfic15
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Chapters of Life
The clouds have me reflecting this morning. Chapters/seasons of life. There truly is a turning of the page I can feel internally...finding a new job...disconnecting from poisons of the past...things you pray for that happen and then quickly 3 years pass by....Life. What an experience. Probably start with drinks around noon today lol


High C
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re: Chapters of Life
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The clouds have me reflecting this morning.


We talking clouds of smoke?


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RogerTheShrubber
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re: Chapters of Life
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There truly is a turning of the page I can feel internally...finding a new job...disconnecting from poisons of the past...things you pray for that happen and then quickly 3 years pass by....Life. What an experience.


"Don't get set into one form, adapt it and build your own, and let it grow, be like water. Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless — like water. Now you put water in a cup, it becomes the cup; You put water into a bottle it becomes the bottle; You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend."

Bruce Lee


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Lsupimp
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re: Chapters of Life
I feel like I am on my seventh or eighth chapter of life. What a strange unexpected arc it has been. I feel like although I’m essentially the same person, I’ve reinvented myself over and over again. Different states, countries, professions, relationships beginning and ending , births, deaths, different families everything.


Rammin TX
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re: Chapters of Life
Life goes by faster and faster as you age.



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RogerTheShrubber
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I’ve reinvented myself over and over again. Different states, countries, professions, relationships beginning and ending , births, deaths, different families everything.


Same here. It's a constant evolution, you just have to be able to adapt.


OldHickory
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re: Chapters of Life
Life’s a picture that you paint. Blues and grays, cans and can’ts. Heaven knows I’m not a saint, but I know... that Jesus and mama always loved me.


The Spleen
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I used to also enjoy waking and baking.


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Lsupimp
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re: Chapters of Life
My view now is that life is an individual journey. Your journey belongs solely to you. You are not your family, your job, your income, your political beliefs,your marriage etc. You are solo even when surrounded by all that. I was fiddy before I got that.


RogerTheShrubber
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My view now is that life is an individual journey. Your journey belongs solely to you. You are not your family, your job, your income, your political beliefs,your marriage etc. You are solo even when surrounded by all that. I was fiddy before I got that.


Bingo. Neil Pearl said it best.

quote:

What you own is your own kingdom
What you do is your own glory
What you love is your own power
What you live is your own story


Most of us bury our identity in a collective shroud of family, career, politics. Until you reject that and find who you are, you'll be the faceless man, the follower.
This post was edited on 1/18 at 11:28 am


Lsupimp
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re: Chapters of Life
I sure did. It’s an illusion. If you are attached to that illusion ( happy family, material possessions, healthy parents, thriving career ) at some point you will become unattached and all you have is self. It doesn’t matter if you die with twenty people at your bedside, you die alone. It’s all stripped away at the end so write yourself a meaningful story.


fallguy_1978
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re: Chapters of Life
It's almost cruel that most of us finally start to figure out who we are when we get older.


FightinTigersDammit
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re: Chapters of Life
"Every day, we go out there alone. And tomorrow, we're going out there again".

William Hurt, The Big Chill


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RogerTheShrubber
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re: Chapters of Life
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It's almost cruel that most of us finally start to figure out who we are when we get older.


I think that's the beauty of it. I believe it would create great confusion in youth. We would probably fight it and in the end reject it.

I think for 99% of us clarity only can come when we realize the futility of materialism, which comes with experience.


Lsupimp
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I was never very materialistic. I was always overly attached to the people in my life, too reliant on them for how I felt about my own life . For me it was the naive childhood belief that “ many could become one” or that our relationships somehow made us intertwined on the same journey . In fact, even our children, spouses and parents are on COMPLETELY separate journeys.

Except for Steve Perry. He was on a Journey journey with Neal Schon. Intertwined. But I digress and cede the far superior Neil Peart reference.


RogerTheShrubber
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I was never very materialistic


Neither was I, but I thought something was wrong with me for that reason. Society teaches and reinforces it on a constant basis. All the great battles are internal. I drank to escape that anxiety. I didn't know how to deal with it.

There's really no happiness for the long term until you understand contentment.


Lsupimp
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re: Chapters of Life
Funny that both of us kind of dropped out of the rat race early and sought refuge in the mountains. The natural world and music have always been The Truth that brings life back in to focus , despite the accoutrements , responsibilities and clutter of life.
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4cubbies
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re: Chapters of Life
What did you replace your alcohol addiction with?


Kafka
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4cubbies


4cubbies
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re: Chapters of Life
I’m baaaaaaaaaaaack


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