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    So when did you decide what you wanted to do with your life.

    I can say that now, I finally made my choice, at 28 years of age.

    I am making the preparations to study nursing. I enjoy helping others a lot, in real life, in games, human and animal alike so this seems like the best thing for me.

    So tell me folks, what do you do and why do you do it.

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    I may start doing more in my writing. People say i got some talent so I may pursue it. I've always enjoyed writing poetry infact my first poem i wrote was for my ADD test when i took the 5+ page testing for ADD. They wanted me to write a short story but I asked to write a poem instead. Which i wrote about my pet cat at the time. I wrote it in basic hiku form too. This was in the second grade. What made me consider pursuing it more was i read 3 pages of one of the twilight books. My first thought is WHY is it even popular the aurther isn't even good at writing. In a novel sense, it is hard to tell basically whats going on.. too much info for short scenes. 5 pages just to say bella stoped at a red light on her way to the gas station and had a mild panic because she got engaged? Thats too much to be quiet honest. The Harry potter books was a better read. Whats sad is I LOVE vampires.

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    I may start doing more in my writing. People say i got some talent so I may pursue it. I've always enjoyed writing poetry infact my first poem i wrote was for my ADD test when i took the 5+ page testing for ADD. They wanted me to write a short story but I asked to write a poem instead. Which i wrote about my pet cat at the time. I wrote it in basic hiku form too. This was in the second grade. What made me consider pursuing it more was i read 3 pages of one of the twilight books. My first thought is WHY is it even popular the aurther isn't even good at writing. In a novel sense, it is hard to tell basically whats going on.. too much info for short scenes. 5 pages just to say bella stoped at a red light on her way to the gas station and had a mild panic because she got engaged? Thats too much to be quiet honest. The Harry potter books was a better read. Whats sad is I LOVE vampires.

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    A few years ago I decided that no matter how hard I work, whatever I do I'm never going to be more than a grunt for any employer and decided to just enjoy life for what I have.

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    As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a hardcore pornstar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tarvu View Post
    As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a hardcore pornstar.
    That could be arranged.

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    When I joined my first band in 2004 I knew immediately that I would always want to play music.

    Here 8 hears later I'm in a band with two of three other original members of that band and have been since then. We've recorded a demo at home, we're getting small local radio play, playing tons of shows and buzz about us is HUGE, people are talking about us all the time from what I hear. It's awesome.

    For work, if I could ever do that and make enough money to get by (rent, bills, small amount of spending cash for games/recreation) that's all I want.

    Other than that I'm employed in a job I never thought I'd be in (never even considered it) and don't see myself ever voluntarily leaving it (dealer at a casino for those who don't know). Good money, easy job...why not.

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    When I was 17 I was sent to a rehab facility. It was a traumatic experience but one that was very necessary for me to start my life. While I was there I discovered my calling of becoming a psychologist. Granted its taken me 15 more years (age 32) to start grad school so I can earn my degree and certification. Right now I am a customer service rep which I like enough, but it pays the bills while I get the education to do what I want to do.

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    I wanted to be an architect and a writer. So I got the papers needed to say I am both, but my passion recently has been purely focused on writing. I've 2 novels written, just haven't gotten them out there. Novels and scripts is the dream. Hard fecking one. They could be shite but I really need to get back onto the promoting and publishing game or regret having a sea of paper just lying around my home.

    Outside of career related things, up until a year ago I was extremely cautious online (still am) but to the point where people on a forum wouldn't known my name and certainly wouldn't have met up with people. Shit hit the fan for me a year ago and I stopped caring as much and took my chances ect. Joining here was one of those things, I thought it'd be just another forum thing to kill them time, but everyone here is pretty awesome and I've made some groovy friends and it's just one of many little means by which I get some gumption in me to write and post things via the blogs ect. So caring less about things that previously might have held me back is a 'decision' I guess that effects my life.

    I ALSO REALLY WANT TO BE A SUPER SAIYAN! NO FUCKING LIE LIKE!

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    Don't mistake this for an inspirational story

    I love the idea of this thread. For me it actually started in middle school. I was already a distinguished member of the orchestra, so my music teacher had me and one of my other friends attending special honors orchestras and festivals. Well one time I was given an opportunity to attend a performance by the Curtis Institute Symphony, and it was there where I looked at my friend and said, "I want to do music for a living." (And now I go to school for music which my school is actually ranked higher than Curtis in Pennsylvania for music. Curtis is internationally recognized as the best music school, even more so than Juilliard.)

    It didn't end there though. In high school I became a section leader, and was deemed capable to give lessons to the other bass players in the school instead of the music teacher. Through giving those lessons and giving private lessons I learned that I love teaching and so I decided to study Music Education. It's such a weird feeling that I am already working the same jobs around my area with the same teachers I've had when I was a kid. It's great.

    (So it's pretty awesome that I have DTOID to say whatever the hell I want on the internet. What with employers snooping on people's Facebook and Twitter accounts and firing people who don't always seem professional.)

    Quote Originally Posted by GlowBear View Post
    I wanted to be an architect and a writer. So I got the papers needed to say I am both, but my passion recently has been purely focused on writing. I've 2 novels written, just haven't gotten them out there. Novels and scripts is the dream. Hard fecking one. They could be shite but I really need to get back onto the promoting and publishing game or regret having a sea of paper just lying around my home.

    Outside of career related things, up until a year ago I was extremely cautious online (still am) but to the point where people on a forum wouldn't known my name and certainly wouldn't have met up with people. Shit hit the fan for me a year ago and I stopped caring as much and took my chances ect. Joining here was one of those things, I thought it'd be just another forum thing to kill them time, but everyone here is pretty awesome and I've made some groovy friends and it's just one of many little means by which I get some gumption in me to write and post things via the blogs ect. So caring less about things that previously might have held me back is a 'decision' I guess that effects my life.

    I ALSO REALLY WANT TO BE A SUPER SAIYAN! NO FUCKING LIE LIKE!
    I actually bought a reference book that is a huge compendium of publishers, and it also give great tips on how to get published. I don't remember the name of it, but if you're interested I could maybe ship it to ya. PM me and I'll see how quickly I can. Due to me working at my university I won't be creating anything until I graduate anyways. (It's a we own yo' shit if you make it here policy.)

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    So you get to do the thing you love and teach it and spread it to other people. That's pretty much the dream right there, brilliant that it happened for you.


    Oooh that book sounds pretty interesting, definately interested. There's very few publishers or television studioes that take direct copies of your work, it seems to be a lot of people require an agent to send the work on your behalf. So you need to get one of them first. But you need to draw their attention to your work and have them find it worthy. It's a long struggle. I've been thinking of looking into e-book publishing as it's pretty free/cheap and sadly self publishing isn't as affordable as people make out, be it with lulu or whoever.

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    I think that's your best bet, Pat Butcher fan-fic is a niche market unfortunately...

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    I have no fucking idea yet. The closest I have to a plan is "I should open a bar".

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    Quote Originally Posted by GlowBear View Post
    So you get to do the thing you love and teach it and spread it to other people. That's pretty much the dream right there, brilliant that it happened for you.


    Oooh that book sounds pretty interesting, definately interested. There's very few publishers or television studioes that take direct copies of your work, it seems to be a lot of people require an agent to send the work on your behalf. So you need to get one of them first. But you need to draw their attention to your work and have them find it worthy. It's a long struggle. I've been thinking of looking into e-book publishing as it's pretty free/cheap and sadly self publishing isn't as affordable as people make out, be it with lulu or whoever.
    Yeah, it is pretty much. I just need to make it through my major first. I have a pretty good reputation in my home county, so hopefully when I'm out (The economy will be better) and there will be jobs. My school puts people in music education through 8 semesters of hell in 7. To make room for student teaching on the 8th.
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    Kindle Direct Publishing seemed fair (Though I don't know what your chances are of seeing success on it.), the one significant catch was that they own exclusive digital rights. You can still go publish physically though iirc.

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    I've always wanted to be Terry Bogard.

    ohwait >@Legendary_Wolf

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    I have no fucking idea yet. The closest I have to a plan is "I should open a bar brothel".
    Same.

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    ya we need much better writers such as anne rice and j k rowling and less of twilight writings. give us books with great writing such as the hobbit and lord of the rings and less juivinial writings about trivial stuff. Books should be about escaping into another reality. Not read like a d list high school drama show. So i hope the writers in here do get publish.

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    ya we need much better writers such as anne rice and j k rowling and less of twilight writings. give us books with great writing such as the hobbit and lord of the rings and less juivinial writings about trivial stuff. Books should be about escaping into another reality. Not read like a d list high school drama show. So i hope the writers in here do get publish.

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    Ever since I was a kid, I had already decided what to do with my life, and that's just fucking live it. Don't let stupid shit or people bring me down, just be myself, and enjoy life. Quite a few people I know can't grab the concept that I don't want a car, or a house, and won't bend-over-backwards for a high paying job. I just want to have a good time with friends, play video games, go to gigs, and that's all I need. Hell, that's all I do, and I haven't met someone happier than I am, to be honest.

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    Multi-instrumentalist and have always had an ear for what's good. It got to the point where I realized it was music or art, and music seemed to be the more logical thing for me to do. Couple that with not being huge on performance and knowing a fair amount of people who engineer for a living, I hopped on the train and haven't looked back.

    It's wonderful helping people create these amazing pieces of music, and I even enjoy the not-so-amazing ones because I get to stretch my talents to try and make them as good as they can get. Couple that with guys who like to throw in free concerts because you mix for them or you do their Live sound and bam, epic nights.

    Waking up to very literally get paid to listen to music all day is the best thing in the world. I may not be the wealthiest guy in the world but I'll be damned if you can find someone who enjoys living as much as I do.

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    I'm 26 (on Sunday) and have already done:
    -Market Research
    -Data Entry
    -Was studying to be a police officer (2.5 half uni degree + 6 months at the cop training grounds)
    -Conveyancing (licenced conveyancer all up in this biatch)
    -Bankruptcy (for a bank)
    -Entry level tech support
    -Full application support and small application building

    In that order.

    I love what I'm doing now, being able to create/build programs to solve simple solutions, so far I've saved around 25k man hours by automating jobs that otherwise were menial and boring as fuck. That's around 13 years worth of work for a single employee that I eliminated.

    That being said, part of me will always regret not continuing down the policing line, now that I have a 5 month old and am solely supporting my little family I can't just go back and start it again.. I got 1 year through before my girlfriend at the time got all uppity that I'd go fuck another cop when I go for my training (especially considering I'd lost 25kgs at that point doing my own training). I was young, dumb and listened to her, I wish I hadn't. I can still rejoin the cops later as a standard recruit (just 6 months training) but I'm not exactly stupid and would prefer to do things properly so down the track I can accelerate my career pathways.

    @ OP, my wife was a nurse but had to quit because it was just too taxing on her. She was a scrub nurse mainly doing burns and trauma and there is only so much a person can take before losing the will to work . I hope that you have a slightly better experience!

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