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Have you ever turned a corner in your life?

Asked by Haleth (19504points) June 25th, 2014

What I mean by that is, stepping up to a challenge or experiencing an epiphany, where the sudden personal growth set your life on a new course. Maybe you found inner strength that you didn’t know you had, or gained a sense of purpose. If your life were a book/movie, this would be when you slayed the dragon and saved the townspeople (or whatever.)

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Mimishu1995's avatar

Yes, and I still try to turn more corners at the moment. I try new things like participate in some voluntary jobs, find a new place to visit or work out new ideas…

I want to challenge myself and I do that everyday. I like to make my life more exciting. I guess it’s because I’m still young and my fire is still burning.

FYI, my finding Fluther was part of it :)

Blackberry's avatar

Yea, it’s good and bad. I’m having a lot of fun but it’s also really lonely. I always thought I was some strong stoic person but all I did was hold in 10 years of problems without talking to anyone because I was just used to being alone.

I’m saving money and pursuing my own life though. I just wish I was happier while doing it.

gondwanalon's avatar

I spent 6 years in college to get a BA in Zoology but failed to get the grades needed for veterinary school. For a few days I was crushed. To punish myself I got off my butt and ran off and joined the U.S. Army as a clinical and medical research technologist. That lasted 18 years when I turned another corner by getting a real job working in civilian hospital labs which I’ve been doing for 19 years now. By this January I plan on turning my final corner in life in which I will hang up my lab coat for good and run out into the world to be born again at the age of 64. At that time I will become a kahuna and chief metaphysical investigator.

Dan_Lyons's avatar

Sure did. And still turning corners every so often!

Coloma's avatar

Yes. Infact just today! haha
The 1st time was after a LT divorce about 11 years ago. The personal growth rocket launched like the Scud missile. I went on to 10 blissful years of peace and independence until this economy wiped me out staring in 2010 and trickling down to my fall from grace by 2013.

Today I drove 2.5 hours to see a new house and area and well….I put down a deposit and now will be moving on July 9th to a whole new zone.
I am terrified but excited by the challenge, and, have taken a big risk, putting the cart before the horse, securing a house but needing to find a new job to sustain me.’
Sink or swim, but one must risk.
I am trusting that I will rally and not outlive my safety net, which is threadbare. lol

Let the next phases of warp speed change launch.

Unbroken's avatar

Yes and I hope I never stop.

Fog is my metaphor. Can only see a couple steps ahead moving slowly so as not to trip. The difficulty masked and softened by the mist. If I saw too far ahead I would give up. But uncertainty and doubts tug at me. High alert waiting for moments of clarity. Not letting the fog become the bog let’s me focus on what is immediately around me.

GloPro's avatar

@gondwanalon Why in the world didn’t you stick it out two more years with the Army and get a life pension? And why did you imply that working for the Army isn’t a real job?

janbb's avatar

My divorce precipitated a tremendous amount of growth and made me learn many things about myself and the world.

Dan_Lyons's avatar

@Coloma Congrats! You are going to love your new life!

ZEPHYRA's avatar

Yes, I have just turned a corner in my life, I just hope I don’t crash into any walls headfirst. If I do, I will never turn another corner. It took me half a lifetime to do that, so I can’t afford more failures!

ZEPHYRA's avatar

@gondwanalon WOW, you have guts and spirit! People like you are worth admiring. Some of us don’t have the courage to get up off the floor, let alone manage what you have!

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

If my life was a race track, it would be a road course. Who I am now bears so little resemblance to who I was growing up as a kid. But when I visit the family, they haven’t changed much over the years. Interesting question, @Haleth

hominid's avatar

I’m not sure. If I view it as the “turning the corner” metaphor, I suspect I’m taking all left turns. What appears as a series of turns often leads me back around to exactly where I was.

Pachy's avatar

Moving from a small Texas city to NYC at 19 to work and attend college was possibly the most important life-changing event in my life. During those incredibly busy and exciting 10 years of my life I acquired a lifetime career, a wife, and more real-life knowledge that I believe I ever could have if I had stayed in my hometown.

flip86's avatar

Today is my 30th birthday and I feel that my adult life is finally starting to come together. I have a good(above minimum wage)job, and just moved into a position that guarantees me between 30 and 38 hours a week. No more 16 hour work weeks. I finally have a little savings.not much really, but it’s a start. Not everything is perfect, but I’ll take it.

zenvelo's avatar

Yes, a few times:

Going back to school at age 23 to finish my degree.

Getting sober at age 30.

Ending marriage at age 50.

Taking responsibility for my health and fitness at age 57.

gondwanalon's avatar

@GloPro In the Army we use to say “Get a job” as kind of a joke now and then when things got too tedious. Also I was offered a full retirement with 18 years of service so my wife made me take it. At the time (1995) President Clinton was scaling back the Army. One month after leaving the Army I got a civilian job paying far more than twice my Army pay.

SnoopyGirl's avatar

@Coloma….Congratulations! Exciting news. A new start.
@flip86…Happy Birthday. Make sure you do something special for yourself.
The beginning of 2014 has been an epiphany for me. I have and I am continuing to work hard on myself…spiritually and emotionally. I applied to a college program and was accepted. This is a dream that I have had for 2 years now. I was chicken to make the dream happen. Now I’m going to make it happen! Now if I can just figure out what to do before and afterschool for my 2 boys. My classes start early and end late some days. I know something will work out because I believe I was meant to be where I am.

Coloma's avatar

@SnoopyGirl Thanks, yes, it is exciting, so exciting I can’t sleep more than 4 hours, or maybe it;s just gut wrenching fear. lol

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