Living life to the what?  

ByteChaser2 54M
2834 posts
1/24/2006 7:15 pm

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Living life to the what?

So... I'm watching some local news kind of thing on the TV this morning. It's one of those "look at how children have changed" sort of pseudo-documentary piece. They asked this teenager something about what he does when he's bored... the kid said something like "I live life to the fullest"...

Now this got me remembering all the times (especially here on AdultFriendFinder) that I'd read this very same thing. "I live my life to the fullest".

Ok, it's a deep sounding kind of statement, I grant you... But I wonder. What does this really mean? I mean really?

Well, first off, I have this minor issue with the word "Fullest". It implies, at least to me, that there's something that's fuller than full. No seriously, if I have two full classes of water, can one be fuller than the other? No... they are full... ergo, no more water can be held in the glass.

Simple physics... There really is no such thing as "fullest".

Ok... So lets think about the statement as a whole. I think I understand what the speaker is saying with it. A dear one answered to me:

"maybe a full life means taking advantage of all the opportunities... no matter what sort... taking advantages of them all... letting nothing slip by".

A beautiful sentiment. I still have a problem with it though. See, I contend that every single second of a life - any life - presents a choice. The vast majority are small, minor choices, most of these completely involuntarily decided; breathe, look right, twitch an eyelid... Less frequently are more significant - and quite voluntary - choices.

With each of these choices, especially the big, voluntary ones, an opportunity is presented. It's my contention that nearly all of us will eventually (often for those like me) freeze when confronted by one choice or another... a missed opportunity? perhaps... By it's very definition, any missed opportunity is something less that "complete"...

Or what about a bad choice? A missed opportunity? A "gap" in the fullness of ones life? Maybe...

Then again, could it be that many of us just use poor grammar making such a statement?

How about "I live my life to its most full". In other words, I try my hardest to meet each choice, make these good choices and enjoy the opportunities they present as completely as I am able.

After all...

There's always room for Jello!

_Safira 54F
11260 posts
1/25/2006 4:21 am

I concur ... and have been guilty of misusing the word. I live my life in a happy, gentle ... yet very intense ... way. Now let's get jiggly with it!

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FeistySyn 53F

1/25/2006 8:03 pm

I am almost afraid to reply to your blog post... fearing my grammer may be construed as poor

Whatever happened to, it's the thought that counts?

Apparently the depth of depravity here is bottomless... don't you feel right at home?

rm_sj365 57F
2414 posts
1/25/2006 9:36 pm

*wonders* how do you measure this stuff? pounds? ounces? meters?

ByteChaser2 54M

1/26/2006 7:36 am

Thanks Safira. I never would have tried to place any sense of guilt on any of us that have, or would, say such a thing. I just sometimes wonder if we really, truely understand *what* we're saying is all.

"Say what you mean and mean what you say" right?

ByteChaser2 54M

1/26/2006 7:40 am

Hiya Katey. I think you may have touched on an important point here... How would one really know if they've lived a full life? Personally, anyone who has lived, by that one simple fact - HAS.

I know mine is full, even during those times when I'm just jogging in place, staring off into space and drooling like the Rain Man watching Wopner

ByteChaser2 54M

1/26/2006 7:46 am

Feisty - Please PLEASE don't ever be afraid to speak up. Good grammar or poor. I mean, I live for this interaction and I wouldn't trade it for the world!

I'd thought thats what I'd tried to imply... Unsuccessfully in retrospect. That it's the thought that counts. Your spot on there! Then again, it does necessitate thinking about what your saying yeah?

This is probably more a self beratement than anything else... I mean, I'm a blurter so I rarely think about what I'm saying until it's too late. One of my many failings I expect... But I'm workin on it!

ByteChaser2 54M

1/26/2006 7:53 am

SJ - EXACTLY! It's purely subjective - and simply cannot be applied to any standard...

'Course, you already know about this painfully analytic thought process of mine... Could that be termed obsessive/compulsive behavior? I suppose lol

Exploding hot dogs rock!

papyrina 52F
21133 posts
1/26/2006 12:25 pm

i know i could live my a lot more fullfilling,up amd into my thirties i could say i had up to the point lived my life to the fullest(is there such a word)but the last 10 no way,not even close to half full

I'm a

i'm here to stay

ByteChaser2 54M

1/26/2006 12:45 pm

oh... I dont know papy. Just being alive, I'd say your living a full life.

southrnpeach333 51F

1/26/2006 1:58 pm

the measure of the glass, regret decisions you made or regret decision you didn't make

OK, now my head hurts.

ByteChaser2 54M

1/26/2006 4:43 pm

Sorry peach. Didn't mean to give you a headache...

FeistySyn 53F

1/27/2006 9:50 pm

From one blurter to another, I totally understand and I think we rawk, lol, Thx.

Apparently the depth of depravity here is bottomless... don't you feel right at home?

ByteChaser2 54M

3/17/2006 9:42 am

lol feisty

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