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hello everyone, this is my first post so excuse me if i ramble a bit. i first had a look round this forum a few months ago when i was going through a pretty rough patch in my life. at that point i wasn't even able to post as i really had no idea who i was and had reached a point of feeling completely empty. i couldn't communicate with anyone and i was looking for some for of salvation or magic cure for the way i was feeling. this place was a kind of last resort as the people here seemed to identify with a lot of the thoughts skating through my mind. just reading the posts seemed to help. suffice to say i have regained my will to live and things seem to be picking up again. it must have been the third or fourth time i had found myself in that horrible place but i feel i have come out of it a hell of a lot stronger and realised a few things about the nature of the world. hopefully sharing what i have learned will be of use to someone.
the first thing is to switch off your damn tv and start reading books! i didn't fully realise the horrible distortion of 'reality' presented by tv, 'news'papers, advertising and other mass media.it's all bullshit. you don't need it. i realise now the lack of identity i was feeling was due to not fitting into any of the moulds presented by these sources. the crux of it is to celebrate the fact you don't know who or what you are as it can't be defined! you are you! so get on with experiencing this wonderful uncertainty. once you are aware of how the world around you influences your perceptions, you can begin to choose what you are influenced by. the key not to try too hard, just go with the flow. if something you are told doesn't intuitively feel right, don't be afraid to express this. hopefully the more this happens, the more people will interact in a positive way and eventually everyone will wake up. there is no absolute truth so don't go looking for one! sorry if anyone is bored by this point, but don't worry, i'm done. i'll just leave it with the words of the late, great Bill Hicks that best sum up life. 'it's just a ride....'
 
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I love how you bring up Bill Hicks as a source of inspiration. I've constantly got his stand-up on mp3 loop and his ideas are perfect for my own revitalization.

"Life is just a ride" in context can be depressing to those who take life with the utmost seriousness. My life is far from perfect and he justifies my life as not reliant on anything. Life is life. Beyond the words of great philosophers with thousands of pages of existential theory, Bill Hicks has the ability to transend them all with his minimalistic cynicism.
 

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You are so right. If there is anything that I have learnt over the past few months about myself - it is that I cannot be defined or labelled and there is no need to be either. I just am. I realised I was analysing and pigeon-holeing (sp?!?) myself.

That is such good advice - learning to take the media and modern day culture with a pinch of salt is so important! So glad - was getting fed up trying to look like Posh Spice!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
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yeah, my mind has been all over the place over the last few months, but there is something about the way Bill Hicks talks that just make sense. if i were to try and put it into layman's terms, he knows IT. but in truly knowing IT, you kinda have to realise IT is too big to worry about so you may as well just get on with experiencing IT. not very eloquent i know, but then the explanations i best understand are the simplest.
 
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