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December 10 at 8:15am

What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?

By Ted Hope

When I was 5 years old, my mom told me that happiness was the key to life.
When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I
wrote down “happy”. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment. I told
them they didn’t understand life.” – John Lennon
(special thanks to Tom Gilroy)

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  1. dom / Dec 10 at 8:15am

    That's right. I admire that answer. If only I was that clever. John is right though. We should be happy with our lives.

  2. HamptonBrooks / Dec 10 at 8:15am

    So signing made Mr Lennon happy?  I am honestly having a tough go finding my own answer to that question. If happiness is the greatest answer that can be given; then what makes me happy? A lot of things make me happy. How did Mr Lennon know that music was the genesis of his happiness? I have done a lot in my short life. None have made me really happy. Now I'm viewed as a slacker or a real lazy ass because I openly admit that the 6 year old answer that I gave didn't workout and now I am in a fog of not truly knowing, where the happiness that Mr Lennon knew, lies.  This site was posted to my facebook as a response to a status. So, if there are any more responses  I'd love to discuss this further with someone who might have a few more answers then myself

  3. Jc_stanley / Dec 10 at 8:15am

    You didn't work hard enough for what made you happy

  4. Photo Dude / Dec 10 at 8:15am

    To Hampton Brooks, Lennon is right. The key to life is happiness, but what makes you happy can be completely different from what makes me or anyone else on this planet happy. I found my passion in life: photography. I love it! I’ve had a great ride in my 22 plus years (so far) and I have never regretted my choice. Specifically, most of my life I have been a photojournalist. For the last two years I’ve been a freelance photographer. Hampton Brooks, what do you love? Is it sports? Science? Movies? I can’t help but marvel at Quinten Tarantino who worked as a video store clerk because he loved movies. He was able to watch thousands of movies and later became a director because it was his passion. Follow your passion and it will lead to happiness. If your passion is sitting in front of a TV playing video games, how about a job in that world? Would it be cool to get paid to be a game tester? Whatever your passion is, find a way to make it a career. If no career exists, find a way to create one.

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