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Postby Jesse, Bad Boy on Mon Mar 05, 2007 1:49 pm

That's right, the big 2-9.

And I have some advice for you young folks.

When I was young like you folks, I had a pretty rough life. My family and I fought, I had very few friends due to my anti-social nature fueled by my fathers constant abuse, and I didn't know what I wanted to do with my life.

Throughout high school, I moved from school to school, unable to fit in anywhere, and always being the target of pranks and constant victimization. I fought constantly with my classmates, and in some rare cases, the teachers as well. I had a violent temper, and I was miserable. I had, suffice to say, the most miserable high school years ever. Granted, my grades put me at the top of the class, but even a sour old scholar like me can tell you that book learnin' isn't everything to life.

My first year of college was no better. I had several failed relationships, and my roommate decided to off himself one night in my room while I was at the library. My grades were poor, and I ultimately had to drop out as a consequence for my failing grades.

Understanding that my life was heading in a direction that I did not agree with and want, I signed up for the United States Navy for a six year stint at the age of 19. I went to Great Lakes, Illinois were I trained for 8 weeks to become a sailor. Afterwards, I was stationed in Charleston, S.C. and aboard the U.S.S. Mahan.

During my time in the Navy, I got my academic self back on track and took college classes supplemented by the Montgomery G.I. Bill (for those of you who don't know what this is, it's a fund that takes a small portion of your pay and saves it for college). I continued doing what I loved (Biology and History) while dabbling into interests of mine (A course in basic economics, archaeology, and anthropology). I ended up dropping Biology as a major and went on to take History as a major and Archeology as a minor.

Shortly after my discharge, I met my future wife, and we were married within a year of my discharge. After that, I had several good jobs ultimately wrecked because of my "unorthodox" views, until I came to my current job.

In short, my life has been alot of work and very little play. Moreover, while I have few regrets, I have a very big one: that I never had fun when I could.

You see, when you break the age of about 20, alot of fun ends up going out the window. Issues like fiscal management and responsibility come into play, and concern for your future. You become so wrapped up in these things, you forget what it is like to have fun, and more importantly, to have fun in general. You never get to have those moments of pure estatic fun, charging down a school hallway whooping and hollering because it's the last day of school. You never get to go down to the local ice cream parlor late one night and see that cute girl you had a crush on.

Now that I am older and have missed my chance, I can't do these things. I would like to, but I cannot, due to a social stigma that prevents me from doing so. I cannot do things that a teenager would do and be looked at like "well, he's only trying to have a good time". Instead, I'll be labled as juvenile, or immature. It could hurt my possibility to keep a job, and subsequently get another.

If there is anything that I want you to remember from this post, it's the following:

Remember that you only get one life. You only get one chance at being 17, 18, 19, 20. You only get one chance at living in the year 2007. You only get one chance to live on Monday, March 5th, 2007. Don't waste it like I did, and have fun while you're still able. I would hate to know any of you ended up like me.
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Postby Puff on Mon Mar 05, 2007 1:51 pm

Why is everybody posting about their birthdays all of a sudden
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Postby Backglass on Mon Mar 05, 2007 1:52 pm

Remember that you only get one life. You only get one chance at being 17, 18, 19, 20. You only get one chance at living in the year 2007. You only get one chance to live on Monday, March 5th, 2007. Don't waste it like I did, and have fun while you're still able.


.....when you've only got 100 years to live.


(OK...that was a cheap shot I admit it. :lol:)

Now that I am older and have missed my chance, I can't do these things. I would like to, but I cannot, due to a social stigma that prevents me from doing so. I cannot do things that a teenager would do and be looked at like "well, he's only trying to have a good time". Instead, I'll be labled as juvenile, or immature. It could hurt my possibility to keep a job, and subsequently get another.


You are never too old to act juvenile. Just do it at home on the weekends. :lol:
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Postby Anarkistsdream on Mon Mar 05, 2007 1:52 pm

I turn 29 later on this year, myself, and would agree with much of what you wrote here...
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Postby Puff on Mon Mar 05, 2007 1:54 pm

Backglass wrote:.....when you've only got 100 years to live.


(OK...that was a cheap shot I admit it. :lol:)


:-s
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Postby Backglass on Mon Mar 05, 2007 1:55 pm

Puff wrote:
Backglass wrote:.....when you've only got 100 years to live.


(OK...that was a cheap shot I admit it. :lol:)


:-s


Song. Five for fighting. Read the lyrics.
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Postby Cynthia on Mon Mar 05, 2007 1:56 pm

:shock: wow...


Happy Birthday! \:D/
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Postby Puff on Mon Mar 05, 2007 1:57 pm

Backglass wrote:
Puff wrote:
Backglass wrote:.....when you've only got 100 years to live.


(OK...that was a cheap shot I admit it. :lol:)


:-s


Song. Five for fighting. Read the lyrics.


I know its a song but it didn't make sense to what was said
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Postby Puff on Mon Mar 05, 2007 1:58 pm

Puff wrote:
Backglass wrote:
Puff wrote:
Backglass wrote:.....when you've only got 100 years to live.


(OK...that was a cheap shot I admit it. :lol:)


:-s


Song. Five for fighting. Read the lyrics.


I know its a song but it didn't make sense to what was said


nvm I didn't see the quote you had :oops:
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Postby diddle on Mon Mar 05, 2007 2:01 pm

wow, fascinating stuff, happy birthday, being 14, your advice is extremely useful! :P
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Postby Backglass on Mon Mar 05, 2007 2:11 pm

I have a slightly diffrerent view. 18 is when the normal world opens up to you. High School is NOT the "best years of your life" as people like to tell you...it's the worst in my opinion. A microcosm of all the bad things...the cliques, the feuds, the abuse (for some) and petty crap for everyone.

After you graduate, <POOF> it's all gone and unless you have a masochistic streak and go to reunions, chances are you will never see those people again.

So if you think you have it bad in High School, stick it out...because it's not a dress rehearsal for life, it's basically a torture test.

My advice for the young that I wish I had done? Start an IRA TODAY and put some money into as often as you can. $10 here, $20 there. I know money is tight and retirement seems like a million years away...and it IS! Thats the beauty of it. Start one now at 18 (or even younger) and you will easily retire early as a multi-millionaire.
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Postby Phobia on Mon Mar 05, 2007 2:12 pm

22 days till my bday...dont worry, i wont make a topic :P
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Postby btownmeggy on Mon Mar 05, 2007 2:43 pm

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Re: It's my birthday.

Postby Warrior987 on Mon Mar 05, 2007 2:45 pm

Jesse, Bad Boy wrote:
You see, when you break the age of about 20, alot of fun ends up going out the window. Issues like fiscal management and responsibility come into play, and concern for your future. You become so wrapped up in these things, you forget what it is like to have fun, and more importantly, to have fun in general. You never get to have those moments of pure estatic fun, charging down a school hallway whooping and hollering because it's the last day of school. You never get to go down to the local ice cream parlor late one night and see that cute girl you had a crush on.

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This is deppreassing! :cry: I'm 16 and its already happening.
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Postby Stopper on Mon Mar 05, 2007 2:59 pm

Dear Lord! A 29-year-old and a 16-year-old moaning about life's bitter toil!

What's next? Any 2-year-olds want to post about the pressures of getting toilet-trained?
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Postby Anarkistsdream on Mon Mar 05, 2007 3:00 pm

Stopper wrote:Dear Lord! A 29-year-old and a 16-year-old moaning about life's bitter toil!

What's next? Any 2-year-olds want to post about the pressures of getting toilet-trained?



HAHAHAHAHA
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Postby for dummies on Mon Mar 05, 2007 4:53 pm

Anarkistsdream wrote:
Stopper wrote:Dear Lord! A 29-year-old and a 16-year-old moaning about life's bitter toil!

What's next? Any 2-year-olds want to post about the pressures of getting toilet-trained?



HAHAHAHAHA


don't laugh...it is very challenging and i am trying my hardest to learn. my parents think that since i can talk and write well at this tender age (not to mention play risk) that i should be able to "go potty". seriously though they took away my diapers to try and force me to communicate when i need to go. This of course gets in the way of my RT games. :cry:
well i don't have numbers to back it up but i usually end up with a pile of shit in the pants but the game in hand. does anyone want to share tips and tricks for getting around this problem?
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Postby Aries on Mon Mar 05, 2007 5:08 pm

I didn't read all the stuff you put down there, but Happy Birthday! =D> =D> \:D/ \:D/ (I did manage to read that lol)
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Postby mandalorian2298 on Tue Mar 06, 2007 5:06 pm

Happy Birthday Jesse!
As for the stuff that you wrote, my advice to you is as follows: If you feel that you should do something, do it. If you feel that you must not do it, look into yourself and try to find out why? My eperience thought me that if you face your fears or the things that disgust you, they lose their power over you. Same goes for pain. What ever life throws at you, face it! THEN you can decide what to do about it.

As for the matter of age standing in your way, this might help you. While I was learning aikido (I have ultimatly reached 5 kyu, wich stands for "adult, healthy, has trained basic tehniques and there is nothing more that can be said for him at the moment :D " I had an honor of meeting Sensei 6th dan (at the moment when I met her) Mutsuko Minegishi. She started training late in life, and at the age of 65 she was faster and stronger then anyone I met (now she is probably even stronger and faster), plus she was the only person in the dojo who never breathed heavily no matter how long we worked. One of the things she said to us was: "Of course, when a person becomes older body becomes stiffer. So don't get old!"
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Postby heavycola on Wed Mar 07, 2007 3:34 am

Happy Birthday Jesse, hope you had a blinder



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