I too try to beat my friends with my love stick, but I usually beat it alone.
@Slightly Used Spork, you’re not doing it right, sharing is caring
Me: "I'm feeling sad. This world holds none to make me happy."
Friend: "I'm feeling sad"
Me: "Friend, open thy eyes and marvel at the wonders this world holds!! You are precious! You are beautiful! Life is good!!"
(Same with relationship advice)
@A pet named Steve, at least for the relationship thingie, I learned today in class that the reason we often find ourselves capable of giving good advice on things we aren’t supremely good at ourselves is because we often are able to determine what is the best course of action but we lack the practice or training to put it to use ourselves (hence why you can tell someone’s a decently skilled harpist without any formal training on the harp itself for example)
I also learned that the meaning of life is likely existentialist and that each of our lives operates like a mind-numbingly long D&D campaign according to my philosophy professor. You start off with random stats, you train and become better at certain things, but random chance still happens, and you interact in the world like you are the hero of your own story, and that because of this, you should try and be a helpful NPC in as many other people’s lives as you can. Then we watched Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood the rest of class
@Sven and Otar, you are honestly so good at explaining things. I absolutely love he comparison to D&D, it puts the world into a complete different perspective. And you're right about the comparison with the Harpist as well, I have honestly never thought about that I'm this kind of way. Thank you so much for enlightening me on this! And man, your philosophy professor sounds like a really cool guy, he has interesting ideas and viewpoints. And he likes fullmetal alchemist, which is always a plus in my book.
@A pet named Steve, what’s neat is that his wife was my favorite substitute teacher in high school and I was good friends with his daughters, and now I have him, a jacked 50yo as a best friend. We share memes, play D&D together on occasion, he’s so cool all my friends from high school who will be home for Christmas invited him out to see the new Star Wars movie with us.
If you ever plane shift and visit, definitely a cool dude to meet for sure. It is my goal to be half as cool as him when I’m his age lol
@Sven and Otar, that is amazing :D I would indeed love to meet him one day ^^
@A pet named Steve, maybe in uni do a foreign exchange program, then make sure to sign up for his Philosophy of Pop Culture class. Every day we watch snippets of movies/video games, talk about the ideas being expressed, then watch a longer piece then write a short essay. You’ll watch Star Wars, LotR, Bioshock Infinite, Manos: the Hands of Fate (widely considered the best-worst movie ever made, it’s gut bustingly bad), the Last of Us, and more. Such an entertaining and fun class
@A pet named Steve, I forgot to mention, he’s also my brother’s best man for his wedding lol. He’s just a neat fellow
@Sven and Otar, oaah those are my favourite things! Games and movies! A uni exchange really would be great, though I do not think that my path will lead into that direction, to put it like that (I'm hoping on a Japan or China exchange haha). But if I ever visit the US and am near your town, I'd love to stop by. Philosophy of Pop culture sounds like such an interesting thing, I honestly didn't even know that classes like that exist.
@A pet named Steve, Japan would definitely be cooler no-lie.
Yep, those classes do exist at least in american liberal arts universities and they are a lot of fun. I’ve also taken the history of rock and roll, philosophy of modern literature (lots of graphic novels, entertaining books, comics, etc.), as well as composition of film. Those are all gen eds that you can take for most majors and a lot of fun
@Sven and Otar, I more and more think that you might be living in a book, game or a fantasy world where everything is awesome. How do you have such a cool life?
@A pet named Steve, well, see my philosophy professor’s idea of how life works I feel accurately describes mine.
But legitimately, one of the major factors my therapist believed contributed to my depression a few years back was the sudden velocity change of my life. I went from traveling the country and the world at least once a year doing charity work and even more often traveling to act on huge opportunities like research for the American Astrophysical Society or performing in amazing places like the St Peter’s Basilica (all of which I’d done before graduating secondary school), to suddenly being otherwise normal and doing the safe thing of living at home and going to college. Once I started sliding into depression I was medically discharged from the military which was a big blow and further sent me spiraling into depression. (Pt.1)
@A pet named Steve, In fact, my parents and I talked just tonight and have decided college just isn’t for me whatsoever and that I should spend the next year saving money and after that attempting to pursue acting (more specifically voice over acting) in a more serious manner, because when I was pursuing my artistic passions was when I was most happy and fulfilled. So who knows? Maybe my life will continue to be charmed so long as I’m doing what I’m supposed to which seems to be to perform and be a charitable and caring person
@A pet named Steve, That said, I would like to travel a bit more, maybe even get back to Europe. We’ll see, but I’m both excited and terrified of the prospect of trying to actually make a career out of an artistic hobby I love, but I feel that’s when life is it’s most rewarding and worth living in my experience:)
Also, if you ever want to make your life feel more like living in a movie/game/novel/fantasy world, just walk around listening to John Williams’ music, you’ll instantly feel like either some amazing hero or bombastic villain, its magical
Any idea as to what you wanna do for a dream career?
@Sven and Otar, it's understandable that living a normal life after doing so many interesting and amazing things is dragging you down. I agree that you should try and make your dream come true, even if it feels a bit scary at first. I'm sure you'll do great ^^ I wish that I could follow my dreams in a way that you manage to do it. But I neither have a fantastic dream that's worth following, nor can I get myself to leave the house or even the bed most of the time. Honestly, nothing seems like fun anymore, or worth to work on. Therapy doesn't exactly help atm, but I'll keep trying!
I love the idea that you want to start voice over acting in a serious manner. Well, I don't know your voice haha but I'm sure it's wonderful :D I really wish you the best and hope that you get to do what makes you happy.
My dream career? Good question. I do love languages, and I want to learn Japanese, and maybe Chinese. Translating would be great, I'd like to translate books and such (...)
@Sven and Otar, (...) Or work as an interpreter/translator for spoken language, since the idea of helping people connect despite their language differences is really cool in my opinion. But I soon graduate from school (halfway into next year) and I have no plan whatsoever. And I don't even know if translating is the right thing to choose. Ahh it's a mess, but I'll try and figure everything out... I hope...
@Sven and Otar, oh, and I will check John Williams out, thank you very much for the tip!
That said, I hope your depression leaves you for good. It messes with your brain. I'm sure that pursuing your dreams will help with that ^^
@A pet named Steve, Well you’ve always got a couple years of university to figure out what you want to do. If you are completely clueless, maybe take a step back for a year or so until you have that figured out.
Well, it has been fun (as has every time we’ve talked has been), but I’m afraid I must head to work, but, if you ever feel like talking or even playing a game sometime, would you like to have my Discord name?
@Sven and Otar, sure, I'd like to know your discord name, thank you - have fun at work! ^^
@A pet named Steve, I’ll do my best:) Walter McIntyre#4010
Manual emotional transconfiguration. Hit him in the noggin.
Beat it into me daddy... wait!
Hold up. Let me get my magical four foot friendwrench.
I’m down and depressed like a un-inflated bouncy house
@Your Darkest Secret, you doing alright my dude?
@Sven and Otar, I could use a drink, but i think I’ll be alright
@Your Darkest Secret, alright, just don’t be relying on drink to feel better all the time. If you need help, or just someone to talk to, just reach out
@Sven and Otar, not all the times, sometimes I smoke
@Your Darkest Secret, well thats not always the best either. Do you have a therapist you can talk to?
@Sven and Otar, I don’t. I don’t know any therapists. And besides I’m doing fine. Works good, I exercise well, eat healthy. Just always feel down. Don’t have a partner but I’ve already made peace with that, one will come or not. Talked with my mom a while back and she told me she had depressed feelings growing up but she’s fine and all. I just like a drink or smoke now or then to go to bed at night, and repeat the cycle tomorrow. Thanks for the talk, how are you?
@Your Darkest Secret, I’m doing alright, stressed out with school. But I was just asking because I have dealt with serious depression in the past and found that therapy really helped more than my smoking and use of sex as coping mechanisms ever could. I’ve been largely depression free for the past year and a half, but that’s been because of medication and just having started getting myself figured out so-to-speak