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30 questions to halt you in your tracks

federicafederica seeker of the clear blue skyIts better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator
  1. If you didn’t know how old you were, what would you guess your age to be?

  2. In the end of your life, will you have said more, or done more?

  3. If the average human lifespan was only 40 years, how would you live differently?

  4. If happiness was money, what would make you rich?

  5. Would you rather do the right thing, or do things right?

  6. What is better: a worried genius, or a joyful idiot?

  7. Would you rather lose all of your old memories, or not be able to make new ones?

  8. Can you know the truth without challenging it?

  9. Have you ever actually encountered your greatest fear? If not – why is it your greatest fear?

  10. Are you simply alive, or truly living?

  11. What did you do today that you’ll actually remember?

  12. Are you doing what you believe in? Or simply getting by?

  13. How much have you actually controlled the path of your life?

  14. If you could offer someone one piece of advice, what would it be?

  15. Do you see the line between insanity and creativity?

  16. If you could change one thing about the world what would it be?

  17. Would you give up 10 years of your life to be attractive or famous?

  18. Would you rather have less work to do, or more work doing what you love?

  19. Do you ever feel like you’re re-living the same day over and over?

  20. If we learn from mistakes, why are we so afraid to make them?

  21. How comes what makes you happy doesn’t make everyone happy?

  22. Why are you, you?

  23. What would you do differently if there was no one to judge you?

  24. what is it in life that you truly love?

  25. in the decisions you are making right now: are they for you? or for someone else?

  26. Knowing we will die, how should we live?

  27. Which is worse: failing or never trying?

  28. What are you holding that you need to let go of?

  29. Does something that upset you 5 years ago even matter anymore? Why?

  30. If not now, when?

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Comments

  • federicafederica seeker of the clear blue sky Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    Responses may not be necessary. Reflection is.

  • karastikarasti Breathing Minnesota Veteran

    Love these. Thank you. Perfect journaling stuff for me during fall. It would be really interesting to answer these questions annually for a few decades and watch them change.

    Bunks
  • federicafederica seeker of the clear blue sky Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    I know. They're great questions to ask your loved one, too. One cold night by the fireside, when there's a power outage.... ;)

  • ajhayesajhayes Northern Michigan Veteran

    Good questions. Lots of stuff to think about there.

  • I answered these honestly for myself without the intention of anyone seeing.

    What I found interesting was thinking about what questions I answered fast, and which ones I had to think about for a minute, the ones I couldn't answer, and the answer I liked the best.

    7 - took me the longest

    9 - I honestly couldn't think of an answer.

    22 - I liked my answer the best.

    17 - answered the fastest.

    Steve_B
  • BunksBunks Australia Veteran

    Yes! 17 is a pretty quick and easy one to answer isn't it =)

  • federicafederica seeker of the clear blue sky Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    Just as a facetious aside, re: Q.17... I think if that question is deep for you, then you might be considered a shallow person....

    lobster
  • karastikarasti Breathing Minnesota Veteran

    I thought 17 was super easy at a glance. But then I realized it depended on quality of life. If the last 10 years of my life were going to be spent in horrible misery, missing everyone I knew after they died, wishing I would die already, then I'd rather give up those 10 years to be rich and be able to do more good with the money and set it up so that it can help people long after I am gone.

  • BunksBunks Australia Veteran

    The question doesn't mention being rich though @karasti. Just attractive or famous.

  • karastikarasti Breathing Minnesota Veteran

    Doh! Apparently I cannot read! Though, being famous usually means you are rich ;)

    Bunks
  • Just as a side note I said no :p

    Bunks
  • lobsterlobster Veteran
    edited September 2016

    @federica said:
    1. If you didn’t know how old you were, what would you guess your age to be?

    Three.

    1. In the end of your life, will you have said more, or done more?

    No idea. Not done yet, as they say ...

    1. If the average human lifespan was only 40 years, how would you live differently?

    Would spend more time being above average.

    1. If happiness was money, what would make you rich?

    Being happy. Is this a trick question?

    1. Would you rather do the right thing, or do things right?

    Much rather do the wrong things right.

    1. What is better: a worried genius, or a joyful idiot?

    Better for who or what? All about me again?

    1. Would you rather lose all of your old memories, or not be able to make new ones?

    None of the above. Memory is for the past/passed Buddhas

    1. Can you know the truth without challenging it?

    Yes. The challenge is not to challenge Truth.

    1. Have you ever actually encountered your greatest fear? If not – why is it your greatest fear?

    No. The greatest fear is not to fear.

    1. Are you simply alive, or truly living?

    Tee Hee. Zen or Truly Zen?

    1. What did you do today that you’ll actually remember?

    Ultimately nothing. For a while an eventful day ...

    1. Are you doing what you believe in? Or simply getting by?

    LOL I believe in simply getting by. (Dudeist Priest X2)

    1. How much have you actually controlled the path of your life?

    Not at all.

    1. If you could offer someone one piece of advice, what would it be?

    Don't offer advice.

    1. Do you see the line between insanity and creativity?

    Yes. And I know where to move it.

    1. If you could change one thing about the world what would it be?

    The idea that it needs changing ...

    1. Would you give up 10 years of your life to be attractive or famous?

    If necessary.

    1. Would you rather have less work to do, or more work doing what you love?

    I love doing less.

    1. Do you ever feel like you’re re-living the same day over and over?

    Yes. More Wonderful each time.

    1. If we learn from mistakes, why are we so afraid to make them?

    I'm afraid It was a mistake to answer a questionnaire and expect to finish it ...

    OK that was fun ... Do I win a prize? o:)

  • techietechie India Veteran

    17. Would you give up 10 years of your life to be attractive or famous?

    Certainly. The last ten years are going to be crappy anyway.

    SpinyNormanlobsterShoshin
  • SpinyNormanSpinyNorman It's still all old bollocks Veteran

    I am still on question 1. :p

    lobster
  • Question 1 gets more complex. Its one of the deepest questions yet. Way above my pay grade.

  • KeromeKerome Did I fall in the forest? Europe Veteran

    @karasti said:
    I thought 17 was super easy at a glance. But then I realized it depended on quality of life. If the last 10 years of my life were going to be spent in horrible misery, missing everyone I knew after they died, wishing I would die already, then I'd rather give up those 10 years to be rich and be able to do more good with the money and set it up so that it can help people long after I am gone.

    To me it's a no-brainer, of course be attractive/famous, who needs the ten years from 70 to 80 when your body is gradually breaking down, all your friends are dying and so on. > @grackle said:

    Question 1 gets more complex. Its one of the deepest questions yet. Way above my pay grade.

    It does? It seems straightforward: my youthful energy precludes me from being old, maturity says I am over 30, and confidence says I am probably between 40 and 50 and have not yet known the failures and problems of old age.

  • karastikarasti Breathing Minnesota Veteran

    When I answered #1 I separated it into what I see when I look in the mirror, how I feel on the average day (physical and mental health) and spiritual development. What I see in the mirror doesn't match how I feel, but a lot of that is probably perspective from knowing what society indicates I should expect at the age i am so I see those things in myself. I feel much younger, and I'm ok with that. I am actually healthier now at 40 than I was at 25, in pretty much all ways.

  • ShoshinShoshin No one in particular Nowhere Special Veteran
    edited September 2016

    These are serious answers to not so serious questions...

    1. If you didn’t know how old you were, what would you guess your age to be?

    Many moons have passed

    1. In the end of your life, will you have said more, or done more?

    Thinking is movement confined to the brain so I would say done more...

    1. If the average human lifespan was only 40 years, how would you live differently?

    I'd be dead

    1. If happiness was money, what would make you rich?

    A happy Philanthropist

    1. Would you rather do the right thing, or do things right?

    Yes

    1. What is better: a worried genius, or a joyful idiot?

    A joyful idiot of course...That's a no brainer :)

    1. Would you rather lose all of your old memories, or not be able to make new ones?

    Did you just ask a question ?

    1. Can you know the truth without challenging it?

    That's a challenge...and ain't that the truth....

    1. Have you ever actually encountered your greatest fear? If not – why is it your greatest fear?

    If you fear you shall suffer...you already suffer what you fear

    1. Are you simply alive, or truly living?

    I'm dreaming

    1. What did you do today that you’ll actually remember?

    Nothing special

    1. Are you doing what you believe in? Or simply getting by?

    Doing what I know best...

    1. How much have you actually controlled the path of your life?

    All of it....

    1. If you could offer someone one piece of advice, what would it be?

    Take my advice I no longer need it....

    1. Do you see the line between insanity and creativity?

    "I am" insanely creative

    1. If you could change one thing about the world what would it be?

    Nothing...

    1. Would you give up 10 years of your life to be attractive or famous?

    No

    1. Would you rather have less work to do, or more work doing what you love?

    Not fussed

    1. Do you ever feel like you’re re-living the same day over and over?

    Yep

    1. If we learn from mistakes, why are we so afraid to make them?

    There's no such thing as a mistake....

    1. How comes what makes you happy doesn’t make everyone happy?

    Because I'm easily please....and they're not...

    1. Why are you, you?

    Because I'm not you

    1. What would you do differently if there was no one to judge you?

    Nothing

    1. what is it in life that you truly love?

    Life

    1. in the decisions you are making right now: are they for you? or for someone else?

    Yes

    1. Knowing we will die, how should we live?

    Knowing we will die...

    1. Which is worse: failing or never trying?

    Neither

    1. What are you holding that you need to let go of?

    Nothing

    1. Does something that upset you 5 years ago even matter anymore? Why?

    No it no longer "matters"

    1. If not now, when?

    Ever

    lobster
  • techietechie India Veteran

    If you didn’t know how old you were, what would you guess your age to be?

    If I didn't know how old I was, I'd have more serious problems than guessing my age. ;)

    ShoshinSpinyNormanlobster
  • karastikarasti Breathing Minnesota Veteran

    I once had my age wrong for an entire year, somehow. I thought I was 37, and then realized just before my birthday that I was only about to turn 37. No idea how I managed to do that but I gained a year! LOL

    I wrote this morning that I don't think it's possible to be both joyful and an idiot. I think joy comes from a place of true heart connectedness and openness with the world. Joy brings a level of understanding, consciousness and intelligence that thinking can't achieve. Regardless of IQ or test scores or "standard life success" I don't think anyone who can achieve a state of joy can ever be an idiot.

  • ShoshinShoshin No one in particular Nowhere Special Veteran
    edited September 2016

    @karasti said:

    I wrote this morning that I don't think it's possible to be both joyful and an idiot. I think joy comes from a place of true heart connectedness and openness with the world. Joy brings a level of understanding, consciousness and intelligence that thinking can't achieve. Regardless of IQ or test scores or "standard life success" I don't think anyone who can achieve a state of joy can ever be an idiot.

    I guess one could say that the so called worried genius is the idiot and the joyful idiot is the genius ...Now that's a conundrum :)

  • karastikarasti Breathing Minnesota Veteran

    or perhaps we are sometimes worried idiots, or joyful geniuses!

  • ShoshinShoshin No one in particular Nowhere Special Veteran
    edited September 2016

    Perhaps it would pay to be joyful of just "being" and be done with the labels :)

  • SpinyNormanSpinyNorman It's still all old bollocks Veteran

    Oi dunno. :p

    lobster
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