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Waste of Life: How Other People See You
Other people's view on "waste" in their lives
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- NO SUCH THING AS A WASTED LIFE
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In response to the question: Wasted! What are the important things that get wasted in people’s lives and in their lifestyles?
I think different people will have a different answer to this question. My definition of living a fulfilling life without wasting anything is that I successfully achieve a college degree, have a happy family and a meaningful career. Without thinking radically, I would be tempted to say that whatever people do differently are a waste of their time, their opportunities and talents. People waste their time by playing games, partying and/or watching TV. People waste their talents by not using them as all. People waste their opportunities by watching them slip by…
However, this is only based on my definition of fulfilling and wasting. Not everyone agrees. If you asked my mom, she would say I have wasted my time, energy and money to get my BA degree, only to end up being a stay-at-home mom just like her. And she didn’t event set foot in middle school.
If you asked my sister, she would say I am wasting my black hair (well, the number of my gray hair is visibly increasing) by pursuing a new career as a writer at age of forty-three.
If you asked my nephew, he would say I have wasted the opportunities to enjoy life, to be carefree.
If you asked my friends, they would say I have wasted a good university degree and talents by being a stay-at-home mom for twelve workable years. And I could have made millions of dollars if I had not abandoned my career for my kids.
Different people have different definitions of fulfilling their lives. I remember an old story about a business man trying to convince a very skillful fishman to partner with him and make big money. The fishman refused because he believed he was living the life of his dreams: only spending a few hours of fishing during the day and enjoying fun activities with his family and friends at night. But the business man saw it was a big waste of time, talent and money. He knew that with his business skills and the fishman’s fishing skills they would have a very successful business . He couldn’t believe that the fishman passed such a wonderful opportunity so easily. So he continued to sell his idea that he guaranteed the fishman would become rich within ten years, then he could go back to his village to enjoy the life he had now. The fishman just laughed, then asked the business man, "Why would I want to waste my time and energy to travel a circle like that?”
So I wouldn’t say that people have wasted anything in their lifetime. Everyone is just doing what he/she believes is worth of doing at that moment. Who knows, maybe whatever people are doing right now that seem to be a waste of time to us, might turn out to be the most valuable lessons in their lives or even help enhance their opportunities to a successful life in the future. All I want to say is that go with your heart and do what is better to you as long as it doesn't cause any harm to other people.