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Don’t worry Wendy, I’m sure AP and Guy Friday know how to contact the appropriately shady internet lawyers to help you beat this rap. Wait, what is she charging you with again? Anyway, I’m less worried about what the (internet) law will do, as opposed to your parents. You could get internet grounded, and they could take away your access to the real world for two weeks!
With all due respect to BGM and Mrmid, don’t chase money, unless money is your dream. i appreciate some of what they are saying. you must be practical and make a plan. You will need money and more is better to a point. But money won’t keep you warm if your life is not what you want it to be. Don’t follow a dream like some goofy kid. But choose a path with heart and integrity. Follow a dream with a plan to succeed at it. Don’t make yourself into something you don’t want to be to get money. Plan on how to succeed at being yourself. I won’t kid you. Money may or may not follow. You will have to look after finding some. But your path should be to succeed at being you, and at contributing your uniqueness to the world. I’m going to be 49 in 2 months. I have had a plausibly decent salary for under ten years. I was 36 before I owned my own home. But I know who I am and what i am doing. i will not die rich, but my life is enriched by love, good friends, a sense of purpose and satisfaction with the role I play in my world. Money is just a means – it is absolutely not the point of life. Happy Birthday!
You were mentioned by Dan Savage at some point while you were at The Frisky. I had always liked the risque questions and advice by Dan, but also found myself interested in the more everyday questions you handled. DW was definitely an unusual interest for me as a guy, even a non-stereotypical guy. It became a way of experiencing some of these issues vicariously, as I have been happily married for a long time. Perhaps my biggest regret about marriage is that I’ll never have that “falling in love” feeling again, not that I would ever risk what i have for what I don’t have. On the upside, i’ll also (hopefully! highly likely!) never have my heart broken again, so that’s a good deal for me.
Then, DW became a way of interacting and a community. Nice one!