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Wasting your life?

A sure way to waste your life away is to live a lifestyle that requires you to enter a profession you hate. We sometimes avoid jobs we really want because they are not popular or difficult to enter. So we enter a field we don't really care about, because it seems economically and socially safer.

Keep your expenses low. Stay out of debt. Don’t buy anything to impress people. Pursue the things that interest you, even if others don’t understand it and even if you can only do it in your spare time.

If you don’t do these things, you will likely end up trapped in a lifestyle you hate. There’s no guarantee that if you do these things you will have the lifestyle you want, but it will greatly increase your chances. Even if you get only a portion of the lifestyle you want, it’s better than getting none of it.

Find your thing and stick with it. A lot of things are going to get in your way and give you reasons to do what seems easier or safer. Especially if you are going to do something unconventional, there will be all sorts of things standing in your way and you’ll want to give up.

-- Dan Pedersen