I'm going to be awesome one day. You'll see!

At some point in their lives every teenager wonders something. Where their lives are heading, and what decisions they are going to make in life.
Often they go to University (Or college). Often they just roll into a job, only to emerge when they're 65. Some decide to see the world, and others just settle down and bounce from career to career. Some people aren't even lucky enough to have a choice. They are simply forced into a life of back-breaking labor. And that really does suck, big time. So really, as a whole I'm in a very fortunate position to be able to make a choice, and decide now what I want to do. And decide now where I want my life to go.

And I've decided, I want my life to be awesome.

But how?

In many ways, I already have an awesome life.
I've got an utterly amazing and completely gorgeous girlfriend.
I've got friends who are reliable and completely brilliant in every way.
I have a roof over my head, where my amazing family resides.
And I actually have a job, which earns me a wage enough to stay happy.
So yes, my life is awesome, and I'm pretty sure yours is too.

But usually, people in this position aren't happy. Seriously, look at the statistics. China is a pretty nice example because the rate of industry and growth is going up, yet generally the happiness rates are going down!
The un-happiest people on earth are the Italians, apparently, and in America they hand out over a million prescriptions for Prozac every year! Japan has the highest suicide rate in the world, yet in Nigeria, where the average person makes £190 a year ($300), the rate of happiness is way up, higher than Italy, America and even England!

What am I getting at here? Well if the people who have more in their lives are unhappy, does it have to do with the actual fact that they do have more? Do people who have the internet, video games, and daytime TV at their very fingertips end up unhappier than those who have nothing? I read a statement recently that made me laugh. "Executives can cry about the $500,000 salary cap that comes with taking government bailout money. Their friends are making $3 Million a year and live in an igloo made out of cocaine. We can laugh at their complaints, but of course then you're giving the Nigerian permission to laugh at yours. That guy made 100 times more than you, you made 100 times more than the Nigerian." It's somewhat true.

So perhaps less is more. And if so, would quitting the internet, going out, and enjoying the little things in life make me awesome? Would it make my life awesome?
Not necessarily. Sure perhaps I would be happier selling my Xbox and DVD collection, but they're fillers of time. I barely use them anyway. Perhaps that's enough reason to sell them but in all honesty, that's not what I want to do.

But the little things in life do matter. I recently started some more work on my car at home. The brakes were seized and needed to be un-seized. I'd heard a good method of going this was to use a big hammer and hitting the Calliper, so I went and fetched one. After about an hour of hammering, pulling, pushing and tugging every which way possible on the rear-right quarter, the brake just wouldn't move. I called it a waste of time, threw my toys out of the pram and left it at that. 
The next day I went to the car and realized, I'd tried for an hour to move the brake, whilst the hand-brake was on!
Some people would say this made me an idiot, and I should have been embarrassed. Not me, hell it made my day. So sometimes the little things in life do matter. The little success stories make everything worthwhile.
There's even a website devoted to these little success stories.

This made my day!
This made my day!


So how does this relate to the original statement of "I'm going to be awesome."
Well I said you had a choice as a teenager regarding which path to follow, and regarding what you wanted from life. Well, I want my life to be awesome. And it already is to a great extent. But awesome-ness is completely subjective according to Julian smith. So what I think is awesome in life, may not be what you think is awesome. I like watching Die Hard movies, do you? Probably not.
So to be awesome, and to make my life more awesome, what should I do? Follow something that I'm genuinely interested in? Travel? Take risks and live life to it's fullest? Maybe. It couldn't hurt though...I'd end up with a few more stories to tell and a lot more experiences. Or if I'm unlucky it could mean a lifetime of regret and deep down resentment. Who knows. But at least I couldn't say I hadn't tried.

So what next? Maybe I'll go to China, and teach children to read English like one of my friends (Speaking of which, isn't that awesome?) Maybe I'll undertake a college course, and proceed upon a career I want. Maybe I'll take a big risk and start a company?!
Well, I've taken the first step into doing something that I want, and I've applied to join the police.
And you know what? I've passed the tests. And I start training soon.

Anything is possible if you put your mind to it.

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PlanksandNails 5 years ago from among the called out of the ekklesia of Christ

Hey Ryan,

Everyone wants an awesome life, but who defines what is awesome?

Often ones outlook on life is seen through the lens of their security or lack thereof. One must walk through both to come to a balanced view of what a reasonable or fulfilling outlook on life is.

("And you know what? I've passed the tests. And I start training soon.")

Once the tests of reality sink in, you will realize that you can't always get what you want, but knowing what you truly need will be the beginning of awesomeness.

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Ryan-Palmsy 5 years ago from In a Galaxy far, far away Author

Hey PlanksandNails, I wrote "But awesome-ness is completely subjective according to Julian smith." What's awesome to you may not be necessarily awesome to the rest of the world, but that doesn't matter, because it doesn't have to be!

Nobody can get what they want, but if they did then that doesn't necessarily mean you'll be happy. "There are two tragedies in life. Not getting what you want, and actually getting it"

As for the tests, well that was more of a literal thing, there are a series of competency tests to complete to become a PC, and I've passed them all!

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jpcmc 5 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

Congratulations on passing the test. It's just darn sad that many people live and die without really finding joy in their lives. Good luck on your road to becoming a police.

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Ryan-Palmsy 5 years ago from In a Galaxy far, far away Author

It is a shame you're right!

Thanks jpcmc!

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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

That hub was awesome. The advice was awesome. The thing I can conclude from that.... you are obviously awesome. And it seems like you are going to have an awesome life ahead of you! :)

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Ryan-Palmsy 5 years ago from In a Galaxy far, far away Author

Thanks barbergirl! I wish you an awesome life ahead of you too!

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penlady 5 years ago from Sacramento, CA

This is a very interesting hub. It comes at a good time when there are so many unhappy people in the world. You're right, when you're younger, you do have many choices. Unfortunately, so many people make the wrong choices that land them in jail or dead. You also have too many young people tying themselves down with children before they even hit their 20s. And in the end, they're not happy.

So, it's good to see a young person like yourself make good choices and enjoy life.

About the prozac in America, you're so right. There are so many unhappy people in my country. I read it all the time online. I just hope before we all leave this world, we at some point, find happiness. Seems like you already have. Continue to be happy.

And congratulations on passing your tests!

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Ryan-Palmsy 5 years ago from In a Galaxy far, far away Author

There are plenty of people, and I'm sure they all have their reasons for feeling down! Whether or not they've had a run of bad luck, they're depressed because of a chemical imbalance or they've got something major going on that's causing a lot of stress. It could cause problems, such as depression. Unfortunately it seems more and more obvious that a lot of these people are simply "depressed" because when they act so, they get attention! Why waste your younger years acting all depressed for attention when in reality your life is fine, and you usually feel fine! It annoys me, but I'm not like that so some solace can be taken in that fact, and I'm sure many of you are not either!

Thanks for commenting!

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glassvisage 5 years ago from Northern California

You are very insightful and thoughtful and it is obvious that you will come to greatness soon. You have so much opportunity and a great attitude. It's so important to realize what you have and to take advantage of that realization.

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Ryan-Palmsy 5 years ago from In a Galaxy far, far away Author

Thanks glassvisage!! :) I hope you do well yourself too and wish you an awesome life :)

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