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Red face Do you ever wonder about your purpose in life?

I teach at a community college, and while there are days I really love my job, I sometimes wonder if it is not an exercise in futility. Students at this level don't want to be in class, don't care about their grades and actually blame the professor when they don't pass. For a long time, my feelings about my professor were actually ambigious. Now, I really hate what I do for a living. I am wondering if my purpose in life is to actually teach school or did I not try hard enough to go after my dreams of being a professional writer.

Has that happened to anyone here? Do you ever wonder about your purpose in life?
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I Do you ever wonder about your purpose in life?
Yes, I did, and I figured out out that it is nothing in particular.
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Yeah,
right now I'm in University first year, and I don't want to mess up this year because I want to have no regrets later on.
But in the end u always wish u did something else, very very few people are truly happy what they do.
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i do wonder about it. rightnow i'm wondering what i should do with my life. i can follow my dreams to try and be a great musician, or i can go back to school and try and get a good job.......

If i follow my dream, and it doesnt' work out, then i'm screwed. i won't have any money, and i'll be a bigger loser than i am now.

I think my purpose is to rock out, so i'm gonna go for it. we only have one life to live, why not try and do something great with it

9 to 5 is not for me.
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Yes, I did, and I figured out out that it is nothing in particular.
What about chasing girls? I thought that was part of your profession!
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But in the end u always wish u did something else, very very few people are truly happy what they do.
Good point. It doesn't help me right now, but it is a good point.
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I do and it always gives me more new questions than solutions.
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i do wonder about it. rightnow i'm wondering what i should do with my life. i can follow my dreams to try and be a great musician, or i can go back to school and try and get a good job.......

If i follow my dream, and it doesnt' work out, then i'm screwed. i won't have any money, and i'll be a bigger loser than i am now.

I think my purpose is to rock out, so i'm gonna go for it. we only have one life to live, why not try and do something great with it

9 to 5 is not for me.
Good for you. At least you know what you want in life. That is more than most of us can say.
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i think youre generalizing community college students... they are really no different from uni students in the first two years either, unless youre teaching at an ivy league, overachiever school, you will always come across the lazy kids that dont wanna work. also, you teach english, am i correct? english isnt exactly loved by all... its a requirement and most people dont look forward to required classes. perhaps you can take a different approach in class and get the kids involved? ive always believed that the students and teachers really do play off each other moods, and its hard to exactly place the blame entirely on the students or the teacher since they bounce off each other, dyou know what im saying? the enthusiasm of a teacher can really change the atmosphere of the classroom... maybe present the material in a way that is exciting and new to the students. or maybe you should just follow your heart, write during the day and still teach at night for a lil extra money. night classes usually have an older and more serious crowd at them.

really thou, whats the point of life if you cant enjoy yourself?

you should always follow your heart...


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apoet29 - u seem to be in the dumps right now,
to tell u the truth, I feel the same way.
I play the song "Try Again" by Aaliyah and it gets me up from having a negative outlook on life.
Listen to a song that makes u feel good, or just take a shower and when u come out u'll feel a lot better.
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i think youre generalizing community college students... they are really no different from uni students in the first two years either, unless youre teaching at an ivy league, overachiever school, you will always come across the lazy kids that dont wanna work. also, you teach english, am i correct? english isnt exactly loved by all... its a requirement and most people dont look forward to required classes. perhaps you can take a different approach in class and get the kids involved? ive always believed that the students and teachers really do play off each other moods, and its hard to exactly place the blame entirely on the students or the teacher since they bounce off each other, dyou know what im saying? the enthusiasm of a teacher can really change the atmosphere of the classroom... maybe present the material in a way that is exciting and new to the students. or maybe you should just follow your heart, write during the day and still teach at night for a lil extra money. night classes usually have an older and more serious crowd at them.

really thou, whats the point of life if you cant enjoy yourself?

you should always follow your heart...
I understand all of what you are saying, but no amount of enthusiasm or making the course interesting actually works with these kids.

In reality, I am probably being unfair to them. My problems go far beyond these kids. Right now, I don't feel as though I have any options open to me and that really disturbs me.
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To rule the world, what else?
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To rule the world, what else?
That must be a man thing. Every guy I know says that.
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Yeah,
right now I'm in University first year, and I don't want to mess up this year because I want to have no regrets later on.
But in the end u always wish u did something else, very very few people are truly happy what they do.
I messed up first year and don't really regret it... but I'm a special case I accept that without my mistakes I wouldn't be who I am today, and that overall, I'm quite pleased with who I am today. In which case, if given the opportunity, I wouldn't erase my first two years of university even if I did manage to screw them both up.

Anyways, back on topic -

I wonder what my purpose, where I'm supposed to be going, if I'm making the right choices, etc. every single day. It's not knowing that keeps me going... if I knew, what fun would the adventure be?
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