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    Default Is your present day life anything like you imagined it would be?

    When you were growing up? If so why or how and if not why or how? Has it been by accident or design?

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    I'm not a female Indiana Jones, which would have disappointed the child me to no ends

    However, life just happens...
    “Oh, we're always alright. You remember that. We happen to other people.” -Terry Pratchett

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    Expression of the post modern paradox : "For the love of god, religions are so full of shit"

    Theory is always superseded by Fact...
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    No, I was going to be a well respected pious man in the Religious community living in Brooklyn, NY. Now I'm a semi-hedonist on the west coast with a load of baggage in tow. No design there. It's much better than I thought it was going to be.

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    I thought I would live in a mansion and have a Private jet. That part didn't come through.

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    I had no idea where my life would be at this point, but I have some interesting cosmologies for our future development.

    For reference, see the below post of a vision of mine taken from the Universal Cosmic Consciousness - God is the Source of the All Omnipresent Living Mind thread:
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    The beauty of such an ideal system is in how all of its components are interconnected rather than the parts thereof. When we destroy the world, it is from its pieces that we will put it back together into a new form of our desire. This is why the parts are not as significant as the finished product, as without them forming the interconnections between each other in a greater whole, they serve no significant purpose. In order for each part to have a purpose, they need to bond together into a cohesive collection. Therefore, for humanity to make this monumental advancement, we must be held together with ties inseparable, like the stars in the firmament. In this way will we form a connection to construct the monuments of our minds, as without different members each playing their respective roles in the project, it will all come to ruin. It is only by letting go of our egos that we will come together like this to achieve a common goal. By being part of the greater system that is humanity, we each make a concerted effort in our personal liberation towards freedom from all restrictions. In this limitless state, then we could create the world in accordance with the wonders of our wishes. We must make sure though that we wish well, as they may indeed manifest in ways more real than we can even begin to possibly imagine at our current level of evolution and phase of development. Though what we wish may not have immediate and tangible results, it may also indeed be true that what we are is the result of everything we have thought. It follows then that in order to make the world a better place we must begin by thinking great thoughts. The mind and its thoughts are working in concert to navigate their ways, each way being a different journey that leads to a different destination. Though there may not be a best way to choose, we must make sure we wish well in what way we choose to take, as in the very end the way we wish to take will shape our very destinies in the directions of our dreams. It is only those who look within rather than without that will indeed live to see their dreams in full and complete clarity.

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    Yeah, I guess I should have seen it coming. Most of the stuff I wanted I have achieved, and most of the social-life patterns that were there are still there. So if I had stopped to think about it, I shouldn't have been surprised.
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    I wanted to be a ninja, later I wanted to be a socialist dictator, too be honest those were both rooted in the sort of underpinning hopes and ideas people who dream of being independently wealthy have, that no one will give them any shit.

    My career and life are nothing like my childhood hope/dream, in part because those really were dreams, are really impractical and I can understand better now what it was I hoped either of those things would deliver, and also that neither of them would deliver it.

    Everything's worked out as it has by default rather than design. Totally.

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    No, my life is nothing like I imagined it would be. To be fair, I didn't have much of a notion growing up what my life would be like / didn't have many visions or dreams. But tbh I think I thought things would just kinda fall in place, and specifically regarding relationships, think I assumed I'd find love / be married in my 20's.

    Everything since college has been very much a learning thing, seeing as college was the end of the line for definitive things I'd planned. Discovering what life is about, etc, since then, and learning to find my own path, and defining what that is, since a shared path with someone else didn't happen for me. But I've done a lot more than I could ever have seen/imagined myself doing, given where I was emotionally and such when younger. So I've come a long way [relative to my starting point] since then.
    "...On and on and on and on he strode, far out over the sands, singing wildly to the sea, crying to greet the advent of the life that had cried to him." - James Joyce

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    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.

    I also thought that I would be a teacher for my whole professional life. I am thinking now that it either won't be in a conventional school system, or in the next decade I will switch careers entirely. I would guess it would still involve teaching in some sense, but not in the way I had initially envisioned. I think I would like to become some kind of entrepreneur anyway and blaze new ground educationally. I'm sort of excited about the possibilities for that.

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