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05 August 2003 @ 12:06 pm
*sigh*  
I'm not very happy with my life as it stands at the moment, except for my ashke :) Would probably feel horribly depressed right now if not for her. The fact that i get to go visit her in three and a half weeks certainly helps too :)

According to Orson Scott Card, a recent study, and what "everybody knows," i have less than two years to do something worthwhile with my life. Having spent the last nine years of my life thinking about the things i want to do but not actually managing to get them done... fat chance.
 
 
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Vesperasol_rei on August 5th, 2003 12:13 pm (UTC)
According to Orson Scott Card, a recent study, and what "everybody knows," i have less than two years to do something worthwhile with my life.

May I ask what you are refering to? Is there a particular method of figuring out how long one has spent doing something "worthwhile"? You've made me curious.
Celesteashke on August 5th, 2003 12:30 pm (UTC)
Orson Scott Card made a speech at a graduation that he and i went to. Card gave a very appropriate speech for a college graduation, but it was a tad bit depressing. hope this helps!
DonAithnendonaithnen on August 5th, 2003 01:05 pm (UTC)
Yeah, what she said :)

Specifically, he said that statistically speaking, by the time you hit 30 you will have made any major contributions to your field that you're going to make. If you haven't done anything big by then it's likely that you won't ever.

He pointed out that he is now in his... fifties i think, and is most famous for a novel he wrote in his thirties, which was based off of a short story he wrote in his twenties, the idea for which he originaly came up with when he was 16.

There have also been scientific studies showing that you tend to do all te big things you're going to do before you hit 30 and/or get married.
Celesteashke on August 5th, 2003 12:33 pm (UTC)
:hugs: you've accomplished lots of things and have made my life very worthwhile! :hugs:
DonAithnendonaithnen on August 5th, 2003 01:06 pm (UTC)
*hugs* thank you :)
Dalton Grahamdaltong on August 5th, 2003 04:10 pm (UTC)
Despair not
*hug*

You're self-analytical. In addition, you're cool, intelligent, and interesting. You'll do what you want to do in life, no question. Sometimes it just takes a little while.
academicerrificmerchimerch on August 5th, 2003 10:23 pm (UTC)
I think my 88 year old friend/confidant/mentor would highly disagree with you, Mr. Scott Card, and what everybody knows! She was always telling me about how every decade gets better and she wouldn't trade her 80s to go back to her 20s or her 30s.

Further, the idea of "worthwhile contribution to your field" is totally subjective. Okay so maybe you won't do anything paradigm shattering like Einstein or Chuck Yeager, but maybe you will - at 80! and even if you don't it isn't the only way to make a difference.
Kirinkirinn on August 6th, 2003 10:02 am (UTC)
Eh, I don't think I buy it. It seems like one of those "statistics" that's easy to seem different than it is.

For one thing, people who _do_ happen to do something amazingly brilliant when there young tend to be watched closely the rest of there lives, so then people can be disappointed when the things they do afterwards aren't quite as amazingly brilliant.

Also, I'll bet a lot of the people who make field-altering breakthroughs tend to be the kind of insanely driven people who will immerse their entire life into one thing, do something brilliant, and then burn out early.

None of this keeps people with more sane sensibilities from doing tons of perfectly worthwhile things at any random age from 15-100. Heck, if you look around it's not too hard to find people who've started whole new careers well after 30 and done plenty of exciting things in them.