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What do you live for?

Asked by shadling21 (6501points) August 7th, 2010

What is it that keeps you from whatever existential crisis that lurks around the corner? What motivation lights your darkest moments? What’s “the point” of your life? What is it that keeps you pushing onward?

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truecomedian's avatar

Beer mostly, that and the hope that my worst fears won’t come true. Worst fear being growing old, sick, alone, and full of regret. I’m kinda on that path.

DrasticDreamer's avatar

You had to ask this question right now, didn’t you? ;) I have no idea. I’ve been thinking about it lately, and I really don’t know. Earlier today, I told someone that I was either having an existential crisis or an epiphany of some kind – but I couldn’t decide which it was. Or, even, if coming to a conclusion mattered at all….. :-/

mYcHeMiCaLrOmAnCe's avatar

I live for that day…. when I’m gonna meet MCR <3

I know it sounds strange, but I don’t think I have any other reasons

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

For the hope of love.

lapilofu's avatar

Happiness—my own and others’—simple as that.

Mom2BDec2010's avatar

Lately, the only thing that keeps me motivated and doing what I think is the right thing is my unborn daughter that’ll be here in December. :)

lillycoyote's avatar

I am currently living for my own purposes, the most important being that I prefer life to death.

thomascruz's avatar

I live for others, and the hope that we can all get along one day.

NaturallyMe's avatar

For being with my husband and kitty (and now a puppy too), because i like those things to it’s fun to look forward to them. For looking forward to the vacations we still want to do, including going overseas; to looking forward to the scrapbooking and beading projects i still want to do, to buying more houses, to looking for business opportunities in planning for our retirement, looking forward to all the yummy meals and chocolates and desserts i’m gonna eat, looking forward to laughing (with friends, at movies, whatever), and looking forward to other everyday stuff that i think is fun. :D (there’s too many to list).

loser's avatar

Beer. Yeah, pretty much beer.

Afos22's avatar

It is an instinct, to stay alive for as long as you can, and reproduce as much as possible. But, woman’s instincts have changed since the dawn of humanity. Does not make much sense to me.

TexasDude's avatar

Action. Adventure. Romance. The pursuit of my ultimate goal of having a Wikipedia article written about myself.

Afos22's avatar

@Fiddle_Playing_Creole_Bastard you should go ahead and make your own Wikipedia article. Then again, what would you have to live for. lol

NaturallyMe's avatar

@Afos22 – what doesn’t make sense to you?

Afos22's avatar

The change of instincts

NaturallyMe's avatar

@Afos22 Oh, well, everything changes, right? Anyway, IMO, every woman who doesn’t care to procreate is doing the earth and humanity a favour, so it’s a good thing me thinks. :) We (or at least most of us) are intelligent beings, so i think that overrides instincts when necessary.

Afos22's avatar

aha, good answer. not great though….. lol

FutureMemory's avatar

@Afos22 But, woman’s instincts have changed since the dawn of humanity. Does not make much sense to me.


Afos22's avatar

I’m implying that men’s instincts haven’t changed since the dawn on of humanity and women’s have.

meagan's avatar

Exercise. I really might be addicted. Who needs love and hope?

FutureMemory's avatar

@Afos22 I understand what you’re trying to get across – I simply don’t understand what could make someone think that.

TexasDude's avatar

@Afos22, I’ve tried. It usually gets deleted within minutes and my ip address gets banned. Wikipedia isn’t as open and easy to edit as most people think it is.

jesienne's avatar

my wholelife dream

Afos22's avatar

@Fiddle_Playing_Creole_Bastard I used to be ‘most people’. Thank you for the enlightenment

FutureMemory's avatar

@Afos22 I don’t know why someone would think that women’s instincts have changed. What instincts are you referring to?

Afos22's avatar

@FutureMemory the one about reproducing as many times as possible.

Frenchfry's avatar

My family.

ucme's avatar

Sure beats the alternative!!

Herolegion's avatar

I’m living for myself. You never get to know what happens on later in life, so I adopted a wait-and-see attitude.

ragingloli's avatar

Life is its own reward. As is being a faithful servant to the one true God, Ceiling Cat. He watches me all the time, through a hole in my ceiling. It is true, I can see him watching me!

thomascruz's avatar

@ragingloli Blasphemy! Basement Cat is the only true God! Ceiling Cat is a false idol!

Cruiser's avatar

That next bowl of Capn Crunch…nothin make me feel more alive than shredding the roof of my mouth!

stardust's avatar

Love – of myself and others. Happiness. Learning.

FutureMemory's avatar

The hope that I might be a father some day. I could give a shit about most other stuff.

truecomedian's avatar

I used to think that I had a higher purpose, a reason I was born with. But seeing how I can barely wipe my own ass in terms of functioning in the upwardly mobile abstract, I am beginning to doubt my sentience. Not to be a downer, but I can say some really seemingly negative things, just reality for me. What I live for is that the path Im on will change to a different road.

stardust's avatar

becoming a mother too. I’m looking forward to that:)

BoBo1946's avatar

I live for the joy of living. My son and my grandchildren. A good cup of coffee. Friends. And, love my golf.

Your_Majesty's avatar

Freedom. And money.

CaptainHarley's avatar

I am totally dedicated to several things: extending, in whatever small way I can, the freedom and dignity of people; making my beloved wife happy; helping my children and grandchildren in whatever way I can. For recreation, I ride my Harley long distances. : )

daytonamisticrip's avatar

I live to see my one true friend. I live to hopefully see my Dad again. I live for the thrill. I live to mostly because it’s sin to commit suicide.

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

Myself, my husband and my children.

cockswain's avatar

I really like the zen of playing sports.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

My love, my children, justice.

TexasDude's avatar

@CaptainHarley, you are one awesome dude.

kess's avatar

I live for Life for I am Life indeed.

CaptainHarley's avatar

LOL! @Fiddle_Playing_Creole_Bastard

Thank you, bro, but what on earth did I do to deserve that? : )

TexasDude's avatar

@CaptainHarley, everything that is implied in your answer to this question :-)

CaptainHarley's avatar


Not real sure what you mean, but ok. : ))

rooeytoo's avatar

It seems preferable to the alternative at this point in my life!

Neizvestnaya's avatar

Love. All my childhood I wanted to grow up and be loved in return by someone who would be happy with just me, no children or other women needed and I wanted to be able to see that love last. When disappointed then I’ve tried to stop believing but it never works, someone always works their way under my guard and now I feel I may have the love I want, need and can grow with.

stranger_in_a_strange_land's avatar

My greatest priority now is my fiance. Her safety, health and happiness.

casheroo's avatar

My children.

mollypop51797's avatar

as thomascruz had said, I live for others. For my kids, my family, my friends, the happiness, health, and well being of others. It’s what I enjoy the most.

kenmc's avatar

I don’t have nor need a purpose.

shadling21's avatar

@boots Interesting. How did you come to this conclusion? I’ve always felt that I need a “why” to function properly.

kenmc's avatar

@shadling21 Well, I don’t have that need. I am not a fatalist.

rpm_pseud0name's avatar

“Heey, hello in there. Hey, what’s so important? Whatcha got here that’s worth living for?”

“True… love”.

“but that’s not what he said, he distinctly said, ‘To blave.’ And as we all know, ‘to blave’ means, to bluff. huh. So you were probably playing cards & he cheated.”


sorry, I couldn’t help myself.

CaptainHarley's avatar

LMAO @rpmpseudonym

“Mawwage! Mawwage is what bwings us togefer.”

rpm_pseud0name's avatar

^ I can do that voice almost spot on. It’s a talent I hold dearly.

CaptainHarley's avatar

LOL! Our family loved that movie. When my older son was getting married, my two youngest were sitting in the pew watching. My youngest daughter leaned over and murmured, “Mawwage!” to her brother. It was all any of us could do to avoid laughing out loud! : D

rpm_pseud0name's avatar

I’m pretty sure when my older brother gets married, I’m not going to murmur it. I’m going to stand right up & recite the entire scene. My whole family loves the movie & my interruption will only make the wedding day, that much more special. I just hope whoever his future wife is…that she is a fan of the movie. If not, tough shit – I’m doing it regardless.

CaptainHarley's avatar

LMAO! If she’s not, she’ll probably knock yer azz over! LOL!

rpm_pseud0name's avatar

That’s a risk I’m willing to take.

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

@rpmpseudonym Mawwage, that bwessed awwangement. That dweam, wivin a dweam!
...... And do you, Pwincess Buttuhcwup…

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

@rpmpseudonym You can come practice your delivery at my wedding.

thomascruz's avatar


“Man and wife! Say MAN AND WIFE!”

“Man and wife..”

rpm_pseud0name's avatar

Thank you all for these wonderful comments. My apologies to @shadling21 for unintentionally taking over your thread (for the last 10 posts). But honestly – we have no control over it, it’s the power of The Princess Bride!

Now… does anybody wanna peanut?

thomascruz's avatar

I don’t want a peanut, I’m just wondering if there are rocks ahead, because if there are, we’ll all be dead.

rpm_pseud0name's avatar

Should we just start from the beginning of the movie & go through the whole thing right here? That way we don’t butcher together all the scenes?

Fade from black to a TV screen emitting a baseball video game. A pitch is made & strikes wood – heading east to chase the runner to first base.

Pull back to reveal-
A boy sits upright in bed with the game’s controller in hand. His mother walks in while pushing open the door.

Hi honey.

Hi mom.

(this is from memory…yes I have seen it that many times)

shadling21's avatar

No apologies necessary, @rpmpseudonym. Unless you actually post the entire script of The Princess Bride.

rpm_pseud0name's avatar

Don’t worry. I’m done.

tragiclikebowie's avatar

Probably hope, mostly. The hope that I’ll manage to do something worthwhile; that I’ll be able to make a difference somewhere and somehow; that love will find me again and stick around this time; that I won’t simply exist but that my existence will mean something. And that maybe one day, I will be the Dread Pirate Roberts.

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

@rpmpseudonym It’s funny you mention starting from the beginning… I actually do that in my head on nights when I’m having trouble going to sleep. I’ve seen it so many times, I actually know all the sound effects and everything goes on in my head in perfect timing, LOL. I start from the sound of his babseball video game and his mother walking in, and I play the whole movie in my head until I fall asleep.

Sayd_Whater's avatar

My main goal – No help from no one… “Just survive on my own!” –
I know that once I pass that goal…it seems like there’s nothing else to do…
But I’ve already planned it – Have children and then – Help them to survive on their own….and so on… LoL.

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