Why Do Anything

I Couldn't Believe I Had To Explain

I was in work and I had time for a little conversation with a fellow employee

We had some down time and I thought I would get in his head

Boy was I surprised to discover what I uncovered

I thought it would be fun to explore a young mind and his thoughts and behavors

So I could better understand where this person is coming from

His personal goals in life

From his dreams to his hopes and fears

I was so excited and thought it was such a unique way to pass the time

I know I could go on and on about what I have tried to do and what I am still trying to accompllish

Hours could pass and it would seem like minutes to me because of all the things I wanted to say

Why not get a fresh look and see life from their eyes

I tried to think back when I was their age

I would of been rattling off idea after idea

Then as well as now I can talk up a storm and unless we get busy or someone else wants to say something then I stop talking it is fine with me

There is an open forum of give and take that makes life great

I thought this would pass the slow night and give us both new reflections and insight

I could see us going back and forth and discussing the pros and cons of everything

Maybe we could also continue this another time and more friends would join in

I never expected what was about to happen


This young college student had know clue of what they wanted to do or where their life was heading

Every question I asked he gave the same answer

I don't know

Even after I threw out some choices and things that I would of died for

All I could get is I guess so

So after realizing this is going no where

I still searched to find a way to get intouch with his personality

I still didn't want to give up

But when stopping was my only option

Because this person decided to leave early and left without saying good bye

I will have to rethink my thoughts on my own and maybe attempt a new approach another time

Even not thinking is a choice that I never would have thought of

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femmeflashpoint 5 years ago


How very sad!

But, you never know. Perhaps he'll mull over what you talked about later and it might spark something inside him.

We can at least hope for that.


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DREAM ON 5 years ago Author

femmeflashpoint I could not believe after such a long talk he showed no emotion.No reason to be moved or motivated.He just did is job as if he was on remote control and just a push of a button and he did what he had to do not what he wanted.I became more uneasy and restless as we talked.I cared more about him then he cared about himself.That gave me a sick feeling in my stomach.I kept thinking I was exaggerating and making it worse than it was.But it was obvious to me that it could be only true.Thanx for sharing and caring.The thought keeps repeating in my mind how I couldn't even get him excited or interested about anything.

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Deborah Brooks 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

This is very interesting...it is sad that our young people do not havea clue...very good and well written hub...debbie

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DREAM ON 5 years ago Author

Deborah Brooks I went back over my writing and made some more changes.I had some mistakes that I didn't notice and tried to correct.Once again I have spent more time on someone not caring and not living.This still puzzles me why someone would want to be that way?

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DougBerry 5 years ago from Abilene, TX

Shoot, I turned 40 not too many months back and I still don't have a clue where my life is headed. If you had asked me at 16, at 22, and at 30 all the answers would have been different. We do what we do and end up where we are.

Fatalistic? Not really. We control what we can and dodge what we can't. "In 100 years we'll all be microfiche," was a good line by The Church back in '92. Now it would be bits and bytes instead of microfiche.

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DREAM ON 5 years ago Author

DougBerry I agree with you and I constantly change my thoughts and dreams.Never in my life did I not have them.To live without a purpose or a goal?Life continues to take us in different directions.That is part of the enjoyment of living.Thanx for your insight and thoughts.Have a good day.

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daisyflowrs 5 years ago from Richmond, VA

Since my 2nd year in 5th grade, I knew I was going to be a police officer. So, I have a B.S. in Criminal Justice. Two weeks before graduation, I changed my mind. Since 7th grade, I knew I wanted to be in the Army. I was a SSG. Loved it! Then, I had no idea. Without any ideas, I went to Grad. School and became a Special Education teacher. Loved it! Now, I have no idea. Well, not true. I have too many ideas. It's really hard to pick. Why do some people put their umbrellas in the trunks of their cars?

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b. Malin 5 years ago

Maybe it's harder for them to have Dreams and Goals that we all took for Granted we'd have...and did have. I don't see the same Future for them, things will be harder and cost so much more. What some people pay for a car today, was the price of a first House when I was growing up. Iim not trying to defend them, just another point of you.

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DREAM ON 5 years ago Author

daisyflowrs I love your ambition and drive and positive attitude.You prove time after time you can live the life you want if you work hard and go after your dreams.Even though each time you are faced with an uncertain future you picked the right one that made you the happiest.I think people like to prepare for that rainy day even if it is years away.I rather put sunglasses and tanning lotion and be prepared for one beautiful day after another.b.Malin I think they are given too much and they have forgot what it is like not to have.They have computers and music at one touch all the phone technology every day.They get instant everything.I think they are just spoiled.Why dream when they can just pick and choose.I appreciate your views and house prices are through the roof but there are good used cars priced for two thousand dollars or cheaper.When I had to go without.They want new cars or more money or more of everything.Have a good day and I hope you are right.

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raciniwa 5 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

this is a great insight for young people to mull over...

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DREAM ON 5 years ago Author

raciniwa I love to learn and what a great opportunity to do it while we are getting paid.I don't know what motivates students today?Maybe you have better answers than I have.Thanks for reading and sharing.I couldn't even get him to try.When someone doesn't even try that makes me depressed.What good is life if we don't share our knowledge and have fun at the same time.

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raciniwa 5 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

students today seem not to see beyond what they're seeing, and that's the problem...they don't even know how to get out from the quagmire they are in...

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DREAM ON 5 years ago Author

raciniwa You are very wise and I thought his common sense would lead him to knew choices and so much fun.If someone was to spend the time and teach me how to do something better. I would be all ears.If I could learn in half the time it is simple math.I can work less and gain more.If it is work your trying to avoid.He made it sound like to think was a struggle and to ask him questions I have got to be crazy.Thank you for giving me a teachers view.

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raciniwa 5 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

i guess, living by example would be a better avenue for young people to look up to...thank you for taking the time to listen too...

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DREAM ON 5 years ago Author

raciniwa Next I am curious to see what his parents do for a living and if he has any brothers or sisters.Thanx so much for comments.

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daisyflowrs 5 years ago from Richmond, VA

raciniwa, don't forget to tell people what "mull" means. With No Child Left Behind, they just get taught to the test. They don't remember anything after the test; if they even pass the test. Oooh, another idea I have for a hub!

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DREAM ON 5 years ago Author

daisyflowrs I was going to let them look it up in a dictionary.Oh I forgot they don't know how to use that anymore.They just press a button and spell check does it for them.So they never have to learn the word.Thanx again for all your help.

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daisyflowrs 5 years ago from Richmond, VA

Did you know that they are still taught how to use an actual dictionary and thesaurus here is Virginia? They don't ever "get it", but they hold them and say they are heavy. Most just use them as a pillow with their coats wrapped around them.

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Rhonda Waits 5 years ago from The Emerald Coast

A most interesting hub Dream On. I have taken some time off, so I apologise for not being around more. You are a great friend and a talented writer. My son writes on hub pages now. He said he started following you. He goes by Martin Man. He says your writing is cool. You are always voted up and awesome too me.

Sweet wishes Rhonda

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DREAM ON 5 years ago Author

daisyflowrs At least they are using them.Students I know think they are paper weights and a few excel students get a good workout using the weights.They lift them up and put them down.Wow has the world changed.

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DREAM ON 5 years ago Author

Rhonda Waits I think we all need to take a break once awhile.You haven't missed much since you seen me last.I am like a dog chasing his tail.I am in the same spot going round and round.All I figured out it is it gets me dizzy.So nice to hear from you and hope you are well.You have taught me so much.My writing has only improved because I get all the help from my friends here on the HubPages.I am thrilled that your son is following me.I hope I can make him laugh and think life really is fun not just on Sundays or Holidays.I wish the whole family a healthy and exciting new year.

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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain

You poor thing. sounds like your time and effort were wasted on this person.

Did he have no ambition at all?. Obviously not.

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DREAM ON 5 years ago Author

Dim Flaxenwick I feel like a dog who has fleas because I have scratched my head so many times. I have to find what makes him tick?Maybe he is a pearl in an oyster.Gold ore hidden in the rock.More time to think and more time to dream.There can't be a person without ambition for something.It is impossible don't you think?Thank you for your visit I hope you are well.

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