Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Free Your Mind

Another thing that I'm going to be doing while I'm gone is something I've been planning on doing for ages, but not having a reason or excuse to. That is the series of 50 questions that will free your mind. I found them here thanks to the magic of Stumbleupon, which is something I don't do as much as I used to do. Anyway, let's get started, and let's get philosophical!

How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are?
This is a bit tricky. Sometimes I feel a lot older than I am, but sometimes I still possess that youthful spirit and I get amused and act a lot younger than I really am. I think though usually I come across as older, and so I would say late twenties, early thirties. A specific age? 32.

Which is worse, failing or never trying?
Never trying. If you never try, you'll never know if you could have done it. If you try, and fail, then you can try harder next time, and learn from your failure and ensure that you succeed in your endeavors  Never trying is one of the worst things you can ever do.

If life is so short, why do we do so many things we don’t like and like so many things we don’t do?
We tend to want what isn't best for us. It's only in time that we realise what happened to us was probably for the best. We can and will come up for several reasons for why we aren't doing something that we want to do, such as not having enough time or money, but I think the biggest reason is usually a fear of failure, and potentially wanting to hold out hope of better days. If there is something that you think will make you happy, then just having it means that you will always have hope, and something to aspire to do.

When it’s all said and done, will you have said more than you've done?
Yes I think I would have. This is because there are several things I've said I'm going to do that I have then not needed to do. While it is true that occasionally I don't do what I say, this is a very rare occasion. I try to live by my words, and make sure that my actions match my words.

What is the one thing you’d most like to change about the world?
I would like to get rid of all the nuclear weapons, and have the nuclear energy contained within them put to good use, and used as cheap and efficient energy. I would also like to destroy all the plans for nuclear weapons and ban their production.

If happiness was the national currency, what kind of work would make you rich?
The ones I intend to do one day. Writing and psychiatry. Writing makes me feel happy because people enjoy my writing, and people praise me for it, which makes me feel good. Helping people also makes me feel pretty good about myself. I'm a very empathic person and can easily make the happiness of others my own, especially if I helped cause it.

Are you doing what you believe in, or are you settling for what you are doing?
Both I think really. I try to do what I believe in, and I believe in what I do, but sometimes it feels like I could be doing more. That's the main reason I took a week off really, to do more. Devote more time and energy to what I want to do.

If the average human life span was 40 years, how would you live your life differently?
Chances are I'm going to be dead by forty anyway. I don't think I would have lived my life any differently. I might have tried to reach success at a younger age, and I might be despairing more at my current life situation, but I think overall I wouldn't really change how I live that much.

To what degree have you actually controlled the course your life has taken?
I think I am pretty much totally in control. What went wrong in my life has usually been caused by things I did or didn't do. With one notable exception. There are very few times I've thought I'm not actually in control of my own life. I might not be in control of what people interact with me, and when they do, and I do believe that some things are predetermined, but I do think we have the power to shape our own fate, destiny, and luck.

Are you more worried about doing things right, or doing the right things?
I try to do the right thing. I try not to worry about if something is good enough, but I know I do. For the most part though, I do what is right, and I do a good enough job of it. You can do the right thing, in the right manner.


  1. We can be death buddies! Given my current health, I'm not going to last much longer either. :P

  2. Awesome post :) I'd get rid of nuclear weapons too.. what's the point in them? they'll help no-one x

  3. I'd hate for you to be dead by 40 man, great answers to these, I'm sorely tempted to take part in this, I think I'll have said more than I've done too even though that's sad to admit.

  4. I really related with your answer to this question - Which is worse, failing or never trying - I agree, you have to try something or you'll never know if you would have failed at it or not. You may even surprise yourself and excel at it. Find something you absolutely love doing. I hope your writing is going well, Mark.

  5. haha nice answers I willl feel luck to answer if somehow I come across these kinda questions !

  6. I think you've inspired me a bit today.

  7. I tried answering them in my head. They're quite hard to answer really. I liked your answers though :) x

  8. I agree with your feeling about nuclear weapons.

  9. These are really great questions that I loved answering in my head.

  10. I liked your answers, Mark :)


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