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Do you think you have lived your life to the fullest potential?

Asked by imrainmaker (8339points) November 26th, 2016

We have different roles to play in our lives that of a mother / brother / father or a friend. Do you think you have been able to give justice in each and every one of them?

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cookieman's avatar

I certainly try. I generally think I suck at all of it. If you ask my wife, I’m stellar at all of it. I suspect the truth lies somewhere in the middle.

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

Career-wise, no. But I made sure to have a lot of fun and go a lot of places.

Mimishu1995's avatar

I don’t know. I haven’t lived long enough to be certain. I’m occasionally torn between the thoughts that I have reached my limit and there is no use trying and I have to strive more because I can do more. Maybe I’m just in a situation that I don’t have the right oppotunity.

Mariah's avatar

When I was 17, I had a near-death experience in June, and for the rest of the summer, I didn’t rest as much as I should have to heal up, I spent it feverishly trying to spend every waking minute busy doing something, anything, that felt like it meant something. Eventually I got tired and had to rest. It wasn’t healthy, and I still struggle with this mindset. I get a lot of self-loathing when I waste time. It’s hard to let myself relax.

I’m not the NASA engineer I wanted to be when I was 14, life got in the way, but my reduced career goals allow me to be healthy, and I’m still doing work that feels meaningful to me.

I don’t go out a whole lot, and sometimes I hate myself for that because I feel like I’m not making memories or taking advantage of my youth, but it is my nature to be a bit of a homebody, and often when I’m out I just spend the time wishing I was home anyway.

I think I’m doing the best I can on this front.

rojo's avatar

No, there are many things I could have done better or at least differently beginning with pursuing a career in something that interested me instead of one that would adequately pay the bills but was psychologically unfulfilling.

Aster's avatar

No way. Too many countries to see I’ve not seen, too many activities in which I never indulged, so many books I’ve never read, too many languages I’ll never learn, too many romances I’ll…..wait; I’ve done enough of that ! lol

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

Yes. Seeing that I gained immortality and chornoskimming ability. I still regret not finishing a degree In university.

DominicY's avatar

No, but I’m getting there. I’m using a lot of the potential now, though, so that’s a plus.

Earthbound_Misfit's avatar

I’ve actually lived a pretty full life. I’ve had a lot of experiences, done lots of things, reached many of my goals. I’ve not finished, but I’m not dissatisfied with where I am in my life and where I’ve been. If I look at each of the relationships you mention, I’m satisfied with how I’ve fulfilled my role. I haven’t been perfect in any of those roles, but I don’t regret much. I’d like to have spent a bit more time and been a bit more engaged, but overall, I’m happy with my form.

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