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    Most of my childhood fantasies were unrealistic. They were far too exotic and exciting for me to take them seriously. I pretty much wanted to be a character in a novel. Most of my fantasies now are the same way. And yes, I am disappointed with reality.

    Reoccurring ideas in these was being a bit nomadic, definitely a bum/"artist" as a cover (no career fantasies for me), perhaps something really extremely religious, and if I could have amazing clothes too, then I'd be set. I DO have great clothes & I manage some level of fanaticism in whatever interests me. Not quite a character yet. Missing the romantic subplot, genuinely tragic element, and talent/charm or whatever it is that makes people interesting.

    But it's not so much where I'm at now as what I haven't done and what I fear I may never be able to do. And none these things are very specific, because I've met specific goals & they weren't what I'd thought they'd be. It's more like, "don't get stuck in something boring, typical, and repetitive". But having to work a 9-5 tends to shoot that idea down.
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    While pondering this question, I imagined if my childhood self encountered me during my typical day and how that would go. He would probably be intimidated yet intensely curious about some of my activities. I would pay no mind and invite him to see for himself. I would be a personal favorite of his, at least as far as initial impressions go.

    We'd take a break from the fun and talk... he would have a lot of questions, and I'd answer every one. I'd be like hey, let me tell you about my wife. (as if he wasn't excited enough about the prospect of girls already) I'd be honest about my failures too. It'd be hard not to feel like he he might be a little disappointed in me about some mistakes I've made. He wouldn't judge me, though.

    He's pretty quick, so I'm sure he'd understand everything we talked about despite being much younger than me. What he wouldn't understand, though, would be my wistful nostalgia for the life I once knew... something I only possessed in the most distant memories, yet something his days grasps without effort.

    Seeing him go would be a little sad for me. Like I had to finally say goodbye to those memories for good.

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    I imagined life through the books I read but then I went to boarding school and found life wasn't like the books.

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    I met some burnout headbanger at a bowling alley when I was a kid.. He taught me how to slamdance. I said I wanted to be just like him when I grew up. He was upset about that, I think.

    Anyways, I think I've improved on that goal. But not by much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LevelZeroHero View Post
    While pondering this question, I imagined if my childhood self encountered me during my typical day and how that would go. He would probably be intimidated yet intensely curious about some of my activities. I would pay no mind and invite him to see for himself. I would be a personal favorite of his, at least as far as initial impressions go.

    We'd take a break from the fun and talk... he would have a lot of questions, and I'd answer every one. I'd be like hey, let me tell you about my wife. (as if he wasn't excited enough about the prospect of girls already) I'd be honest about my failures too. It'd be hard not to feel like he he might be a little disappointed in me about some mistakes I've made. He wouldn't judge me, though.

    He's pretty quick, so I'm sure he'd understand everything we talked about despite being much younger than me. What he wouldn't understand, though, would be my wistful nostalgia for the life I once knew... something I only possessed in the most distant memories, yet something his days grasps without effort.

    Seeing him go would be a little sad for me. Like I had to finally say goodbye to those memories for good.
    I've done that before, my earliest self, the one which dreamt about being some sort martial arts star, would just be by turns intrigued and very bored by what I do on a daily basis and my later self, teenage self who was the Che fan, would probably be as conflicted as I currently am but more towards believing I'd sold out on some of my core values (the values some people can have in their teens are pretty inflexible and enemies of life).

    I think I would feel sad at seeing my earlier self go too, my life was so much fun and so stress free despite all of the "growing up" turmoil that went with it or bullying at school or any of those things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lark View Post
    I've done that before, my earliest self, the one which dreamt about being some sort martial arts star, would just be by turns intrigued and very bored by what I do on a daily basis and my later self, teenage self who was the Che fan, would probably be as conflicted as I currently am but more towards believing I'd sold out on some of my core values (the values some people can have in their teens are pretty inflexible and enemies of life).

    I think I would feel sad at seeing my earlier self go too, my life was so much fun and so stress free despite all of the "growing up" turmoil that went with it or bullying at school or any of those things.
    I saw the movie, "Bernandette", last night about Bernadette Devlin, the Irish Catholic Member of Parliament, and thought of you.

    I thought of you, Lark, right at the end of the movie where the real Bernadette Devlin, said life didn't turn out as expected as she expected a Socialist Republic. And I remembered you too are a Socialist.

    And then I wondered whether Bernadette wanted Socialism in one country or whether she wanted International Socialism.

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    god no. I couldn't have even imagined this 3 years ago. I'm okay with it though.

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    No. Not even close. I could have never imagined this.

    Through a series of poor choices, mistakes, and disasters, I have a chance to really live now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fidelia View Post
    Not at all! However, I'm pretty happy with it.

    Had you told me in my early 20s that I would be 36 and not be married and not have kids, I would have felt disappointed. However, I've always had male affirmation and lots of involvement with children and I've realized after watching events unfold with many people around me that if you don't meet someone that you really can wholeheartedly be in a partnership with, it is not worth forcing it. I've come to enjoy the benefits of being single, even though I certainly like men and would be open to a relationship if the right person came along. I just don't think at this point I'd actively pursue it. I like the work that I am doing and it allows me to interact in a significant way with many children, and I have also been very involved with raising my brother's 10 kids, so I feel like my life has included kids in a deeper than average way, even if I didn't give birth to them myself.
    Same here. I'm almost your age and I've never married or had children. I'm not in a relationship with a signficiant other either but I'm still happy overall.

    I thought I'd have a higher paying career and a house by now. I still rent an apartment and have a lower-middle class income.
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    Yes, although it's in the top 10% of potentially imagined scenarios.
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