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SURVIVAL LIFE SKILLS 101

Discussion in 'Lifestyle' started by KaBar, Oct 20, 2002.

  1. KaBar

    KaBar Senior Member

    Joined: Oct 9, 2001 Messages: 1,397 Likes Received: 28
    Sometimes I read shit on here that just amazes the shit out of me. I think of my own experiences as not being all that different from the rest of my generation, and I think of myself as just being kind of Joe Average Boomer, but when I read stuff like Moe Lester not going to the doctor because he doesn't have insurance, I get this sort of "Who TRAINED you motherfuckers for life, anyway?"

    Truth is, probably: NOBODY.

    Everybody with "NO DAD," raise your hand. That's what I fucking thought.

    You can put your hands down now.

    Okay. First things first. The idea is to live life as well as you can, and to be happy and satisfied. You want to be an intelligent, worldly, somewhat sophisticated person who has compassion for others and who reaches a condition in Life that roughly approximates Maslow's "self actualization" level in his Hierarchy of Needs. If you've never heard of Maslow or his goddammed needs, don't worry. Maslow and Erikson will dog your every step in college, so you can defer worrying about them until then.

    Basic needs first: Oxygen. Gotta have it. A satisfying sex life don't mean shit if you are gasping for every breath. (SMOKERS TAKE HEED and I ain't lyin'.)

    Water. Food. Clothes and Shelter. SAFETY.

    Once you got the basics, then you can start elaborating.

    Love. Affection. Education. Meaningful Work. Spirtual Enlightenment.

    ART.

    Bottom line, you can't expect people to be compassionate towards others if they are hungry all the time. You can't expect people to work on their relationship with their conception of God, or Nature or Whatever if they are subject to being beaten or raped or emotionally tortured. It's just not very likely to occur. If you are fighting for your life, you don't have time or energy for "enlightenment." It's all about "eliminating that threat to my life, and by any goddam means necessary." You can worry about God once you got Hitler safe in the ground.

    What I have in mind here is some frank discussion about HOW TO SURVIVE and I'm not talking about making fire with a bow drill.

    LET'S HEAR IT. What a ya got?
     
  2. BitchAssSlut

    BitchAssSlut Member

    Joined: May 31, 2002 Messages: 376 Likes Received: 2
    just give me a a massive bank account.... anna kournakova.. and a body dropped blazer.. and i'll be set.
     
  3. Dr. Dazzle

    Dr. Dazzle Veteran Member

    Joined: Nov 19, 2001 Messages: 8,147 Likes Received: 3
    What about those of us that have actually had to write thesis papers on Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs? Hmmm....guess we're all not as degenerate as you thought......
     
  4. KaBar

    KaBar Senior Member

    Joined: Oct 9, 2001 Messages: 1,397 Likes Received: 28
    Yo, Dazz

    And maybe I'm not as stuffy and middle class as you think I am, either. (Ahem.) The subject is Survival, I believe. Whadaya got?
     
  5. bug

    bug Guest

    1. throw out your credit cards kids. if you don't have the money right now, it means you can't buy it! me and so many people my age are already in huge debt by mid twenties because we always assumed we would have well paying jobs after college. starting your life out living hand to mouth for luxuries when you were younger really is not worth it.

    2. maintain healthy relationships with people. I go out of my way to make the people i chose to spend my time with happy. if you chose the right people to be around, they will reciprocate. i will no longer invest time into people who do not put the same effort that i put forth. its just a waste of my time, and makes me cynical. don't let people use you, and use other people.
     
  6. When

    When 12oz Loyalist

    Joined: May 4, 2000 Messages: 10,294 Likes Received: 3
    i get along in life
    i have a career that has been around for ages upon ages and wont be going anywhere anytime soon.
    i have healthy relationships with people (for the most part)
    and i have planned for my future and will make adjustments as needed

    as bug said i dont overspend, credit cards are the devils work
    i do smoke i guess that cuts my survival down a bit

    but i would like to think that i have the means to survive
     
  7. sneak

    sneak Guest

    kabar, your like a father to this site. :idea:
     
  8. seven.13

    seven.13 Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: Oct 5, 2000 Messages: 3,572 Likes Received: 19
    -When renting an apartment..go over the contract very carefully, make sure there IS an actual contract.

    -Travel. You will learn many, many things.
     
  9. Life is very short, be carefull what you spend your time doing.
    Take some chances otherwise you will regret it.
    And travel as much as possible...
     
  10. post.

    post. Guest

    don't have insurance? ...don't forget to floss your teeth.
     
  11. Mr. Mang

    Mr. Mang Elite Member

    Joined: Feb 27, 2002 Messages: 2,901 Likes Received: 1
    always have a backup plan for living. be prepared at all times. always be aware of options and weigh them.

    the less you have the more you appreciate. and oftentimes you are much happier that way.

    and probably the most important lesson i have heard from everyone on this board is : keep your head up.

    keep busy - whatever it is. sitting at home alone makes you think way too much sometimes. then its all downhill from there.
     
  12. Poop Man Bob

    Poop Man Bob Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: Nov 16, 2000 Messages: 10,259 Likes Received: 18
    • When you go to bed at night, be happy. If not, stay up and try to resolve whatever is bothering you .. be it a lack of getting shit done, problems with relationships, etc.
    • The Golden Rule actually works quite well - "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." It seems pretty straight forward, and it is. It's also a great way to approach the day-to-day interactions we all encounter: say "God bless you" when someone sneezes, hold the door open for people, smile.
    • Stay in shape. It's really not that hard to work out every once in a while or cut out the shit food in your diet. You'll be a much happier person if you're healthy.
    • Listen to your elders. Although times and situations may change, the pattern of life remains the same. They've been through a lot of the same shit we go through daily. Even if what they have to say doesn't perfectly mesh with the situation you're in, chances are you can extrapolate and somehow apply their lesson to your life.
    • Going off of what bug said, don't spend money you don't have!
     
  13. podrido

    podrido Veteran Member

    Joined: Apr 14, 2001 Messages: 9,182 Likes Received: 28
    if you never expect anything you will never be letdown.
     
  14. suburbian bum

    suburbian bum 12oz Loyalist

    Joined: Jan 30, 2001 Messages: 14,673 Likes Received: 3
    I am surviving very well except for the whole excesize part. Im a skinny kid and I eat well, but whenever i start and excercize plan i stick with it for a long while but then end up abandoning it cause i see no point in it, a month later i get mad cause i shoulkdnt of gave it up.
     
  15. rip

    rip Elite Member

    Joined: Nov 10, 2001 Messages: 2,667 Likes Received: 0
    what the fuck? all i need is unlimited cigs,mickeys,an mexican food, and a strap then il survive.
     
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