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Answer for question 4577.

What urges you to wake up every day and get out there in the world (besides your alarm clock)? Do you have a particular goal you're working towards? What makes you happy in your life -- are you getting to do that enough, or is too much of your time being taken up by other, less-satisfying things?
I try not to treat writer's block questions as though some are age appropriate and others not. There is no reason that an eighty-year-old cannot have goals and motivations which are as strong as those of a teenager. But frankly, what urges me to wake up every day is either a full bladder or leg cramps. By now, if i have net learned to find happiness within myself, i am unlikely to find it anywhere. And i have always made "poor use" of time by most people's standards. When the body can no longer keep up with the mind, the mind tends to slow down also, leaving the spirit to soar by itself.

At my age, people are often caregivers or the recipients of caregiving. I happen to be in the former category, so my major motivation is to try to ensure that the person i care for will continue to prefer being alive to being dead. But if i did not have this purpose, i'm pretty certain that i would find some other "outer purpose" I am learning that my inner purpose is simply to be present and aware. (I just noticed that the word "AWarE" contains the word "awe.")

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liveonearth
Dec. 23rd, 2015 07:56 am (UTC)
awe-some
Heck with what others think is a good use of your time. Thanks for being there.
bobby1933
Dec. 23rd, 2015 06:13 pm (UTC)
Re: awe-some
:) and i thank you also, my friend!
pondhopper
Dec. 23rd, 2015 01:13 pm (UTC)
I like this answer very much.
:)
bobby1933
Dec. 23rd, 2015 06:14 pm (UTC)
:)
davesmusictank
Dec. 23rd, 2015 06:08 pm (UTC)
Hear hear from a sixty year old.
bobby1933
Dec. 23rd, 2015 06:15 pm (UTC)
:) Thank you.
laurainlimbo
Dec. 24th, 2015 12:52 am (UTC)
hi - I just added you as a friend. I like your comment here - it's very insightful and wise. If you want to add me back, feel free:) I'm living in Washington state (I saw you grew up here?) and also lived in the Denver area.

thanks!
bobby1933
Dec. 24th, 2015 02:40 am (UTC)
Thank you.
archer2006
Dec. 24th, 2015 01:15 am (UTC)
>I just noticed that the word "AWarE" contains the word "awe."

Interesting notice.
bobby1933
Dec. 24th, 2015 02:35 am (UTC)
:)
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