36 Ways to Live and Not Just Exist

Submitted by: KikiPeepers 10 years ago in
http://www.dumblittleman.com/2007/06/39-ways-to-live-and-not-merely-exist.html

If you want to truly live life, to enjoy it to the fullest, then here you need to find ways to break free from the mold.
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Female 96
hmm..
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Female 1,264
13 sounds like a line from a terminator movie
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Male 2
tourettes: "Uncle Ben and Aunt Beru raised Luke Skywalker"

No. Uncle OWEN and Aunt Beru raised Luke Skywalker.

I thought Uncle Ben and Aunt Beru raised Harry Potter?

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Female 66
i dont have to find god
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Male 1,590
Get out of your rut and try something different.

Why, just this morning, I sat on the toilet backwards while taking a dump. ;-)

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Male 4,246
tourettes: "Uncle Ben and Aunt Beru raised Luke Skywalker"

No. Uncle OWEN and Aunt Beru raised Luke Skywalker.

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Male 593
Oh... being a geek, maybe I should take some of this advice.
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Female 165
"Stop watching the news. It`s depressing and useless. If you`re a news junky [sic], this may be difficult. I haven`t watch TV news or read a newspaper regularly in about two years. It hasn`t hurt me a bit. Anything important, my mom tells me about."

So he relies on his mommy to tell him about important stuff? This guy is a moron.

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Female 797
"Unplug the Internet, then get out of your office or house. Right now! And go and do something."

I kinda can`t because it`s about 10 pm now and I can`t just leave, my parents would kill me for sneaking out.

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Male 528
That article contradicted itself alot.
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Female 98
What the hell?

If you`re supposed to "create a morning ritual" then that would be a rut. And a lot of these things require lots of money, but you`re not supposed to work. So where do you get your money? Oh, you have to "lose control" and rob someone riight? Yeah, rotting in prison is a great way to spend your life. I do not get the "dont watch the news" thing. Yeah, the media is crap but anything important your mom tells you? I dont think I wanna take advice from someone who doesnt have the balls to move out of his moms house.
Even though I did like the part about children. I`d do anything to be four years old again.

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Female 115
Haha... Wonder where you found this link? ;-)
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Male 870
Preachy.
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Female 43
if that is what real living is supposed to be like..i will stick to existing..keep on spending hours surfin the net, playin ps2 games and doing watever i want to do. Somehow i find that much more enjoyable than living by these `rules` ,who is that guy anyway? only a few actually caught my eye and made me think, but i aint changing anything in my life just because some internet geek says it will make it better. and especially i`m not gonna sell the house that my mum has rented :-D
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Male 957
i spend wayyyy too much time here! countless all nighters just being on this site and doing the $h!t on here! plus the comments argh. also watching tv! my icon is from a tv show i dont even watch much anymore!

my life sucks.

oh and to the guy whos married (not such an impediment you two are BORING!) and has kids (its an obstacle, admit it!)

theres two solutions: have relatives raise them. Uncle Ben and Aunt Beru raised Luke Skywalker, how bad can it be? I`m not being absolute about this at all however for a more fulfilling life sacrifices have to be made. the second option is putting kids up for adoption as soon as possible. there are variations- hiring a nanny or sitter. really its worth it.

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Female 690
They`re just suggestions. It would be impossible to follow them all at once. I like the basic idea, don`t just go to your office job everyday and then come home and sit on the couch alone and watch tv or stay on the internet all evening. That would be the most boring life I could imagine. Try to learn something new after work, go camping on the weekends find people that you actually like to spend time with. Be happy with your life instead of being bored. Don`t take lists like this so literally.
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Female 1,025
actually there were 39
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Male 1,496
This is more like "How to be a liberal hippy instead of being sensible".
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Male 115
3/4 of those were totally retarded but the other 4th seemed alright.
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Male 1,455
What the hell? Life doesn`t really matter. There is no way you will be remembered a hundred years from now- and if so, it will only be for something you did, not who you were. Just f*cking enjoy yourself, that`s biological imperative.
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Male 89
Is the person who wrote this serious???? I have a wife and two kids. Yeah, we`ll just quit our jobs and bum around for a year then maybe find a job. Hell if life were that easy I would`ve done this crap years ago.
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Female 114
Lame
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Female 220
I think he contradicted himself at least twice in that list.

My list is...

1. buy burando/brandz
2. go to cons and smite itas with my parasol
3. kick a narutard`s ass
4. eat sweets and drink tea all day
5. buy doujinshi.

I wonder if anyone understands what I`m referring to in my list.

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Male 643
^^^^come and sit on daddys lap.
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Female 1,398
i would do all those...
if I wasn`t thirteen and I lived alone.
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Male 916
"33. Stop watching the news. [...] Anything important, my mom tells me about." Forget it, your mom took your advice to heart as well.

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Male 80
some of them were amazing, and some of them were just weird. he did contradict himself, but that doesn`t mean you shouldn`t take any of his stuff to heart
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Male 108
Grab animals by the hand! Bites are kisses! Drink poison by the gallon! That pain you feel in your stomach is you embracing life! You`re on the internet! You`re a loser! Get out and do something! Get hit by a speeding car! Enjoy the pain, pain is life! Why are you such a stupid non-nice individual? Would you really like to know? Well, pay your fee and remove your clothes and we will show you how. You went to school where you were taught to fear and to obey. Be cheerful! Fit in! Or someone might think you`re weird. Life CAN be perfect, people CAN be trusted. Someday I will fall in love, a nice quiet home of my very own, free from all the pain, happy and having fun all the time...

It never happened.

Did it?

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Female 447
#40) Write sacharine, self-righteous advice columns. Telling others what to do with their lives will make you feel better about your own sad existance as a hack writer.
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Male 252
some of them are complete bullpoo
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Male 737
No kidding, I read number 10 and went for a 20 minute bike ride just now...

This page is awesome.

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Male 55
Tsk. Tsk. Tsk.

What has our world come to? This is acutually enjoy living like this. All of you who sit on the internet, sit in front of the TV, never talk to old people, Never explore, Never Live life...

Its truly sad

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Female 818
Does anyone else find irony in "breaking the mold" by following a list?
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Female 330
So basically, he says you should be emo and suffer! Then quit your job, stop looking at any news, go an explore the world (it doesn`t matter that you have no money to do this because you quit your job!) then sell your house and become a hobo... in the rain. Slowly.

Sounds like fun! I`m sure that would be a great way to improve your life, when your old you can look back on life and smile... <sarcasm/>

(If you even live long enough to be old)

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Female 87
This is apparently not for families, I assume? Quit your job, go on vacation for a YEAR, spend tons of $$ you don`t have, go bankrupt...sounds like fun!

@ R U Kidding: Haha, agreed!

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Male 276
I enjoy my life as it is. I do a lot of those things, but I have my own morals philosophies and patterns, I do break the mould (A lot, I`m gay, furry, barefooter, romantic..) but drat some of this is a bit ott
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Female 48
Eh... I think I`m ok with "just existing" as he puts it.
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Female 1,412
HAHAHAHA! That told me to unplug the `tinterweb. HELL NO!
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Male 148
one way to live life, get life advise from some guy who shamelessly plugs himself, and also has a very fitting blog name ;-)
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Male 101
and for the record.. i hate how i am bored changes your curse words .. why cant they just make them into ***`s like everyone else.. coz im sure the person isnt mean.. they are flocking.. much better word for it ^-^
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Male 148
If you are being told how to live your life, you aren`t living.

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Male 101
ah yes.. the person trying to make themselfs seem better then everyone else.. how is the best way to do that? oh i know .. make a list of useless crap to make everyones think "Oh.. i could do that.. If i was drating rich like that mean person that wrote the artical!!"

Im sorry.. but at $7 an hour (around 1.6 million people or more if you count homeless and impoverished people).. Theres no way in hell your gonna be able to aford to pay for most of that.. expecially if you have kids.. Heck.. as is about 20% of americans say its hard to pay the basic bills they have.. more or less save anything... and if ya dont belive my numbers.. google them

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Female 145
Not bad, but I`ve read loads of these ideas before. I like the other stuff on this site.
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Male 204
you know what gets me happy. i wake up every morning and tell myself "wow, today is really gonna suck!.............but at least i dont live in the middle east!"
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Male 374
""Live" according to who? Most of these ideas were just stupid and would make me miserable. My idea of living is just to be comfortable."

True. This thing was complete bull.

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Male 105
I like the way he slips in a suggestion to keep reading his articles.
"(31) Stop reading magazines. They`re basically crap. And they waste your time and money. Cancel your subscriptions and walk past them at the news stands. If you have to read something, read a trashy novel or even better, read Dumb Little Man once a day and be done."

Then again, reading it once a day would be falling into a rut, now wouldn`t it? :-)

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Male 3,255
So, the only way to live life is to be a flaming homo all over the place?

37. Don`t just take one dick at a time, grab one in both hands and take one in your mouth also!

Bullpoo. Here, Ill give you the REAL list of ways to live life to the fullest...

1. Only do things that YOU enjoy and that YOU want to do whenever possible. You enjoy eating fatty foods? THEN EAT THE drat OUT OF THEM! Afraid of what people will think when you get fat? WHO THE drat CARES? Its your life, as long as you only do the things that make YOU happy, then thats all that matters! They have their own lives, why should you waste yours making sure they are happy when they look at you? MAKE YOURSELF HAPPY!

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Female 458
by the way bigfatpig i agree most of it was contradicting
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Female 458
Stop watching the news. It`s depressing and useless. If you`re a news junky, this may be difficult. I haven`t watch TV news or read a newspaper regularly in about two years. It hasn`t hurt me a bit. Anything important, my mom tells me about.


well why isn`t this person mother living their life to the fullest? how come she hasn`t stopped watching the news and watching tv?

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Female 1,832
^^^ sarcasm
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Female 1,832
... photoshopped ...

... lol ...

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Male 352
A load of contradictory cr*p. if you dont inherintly know how to enjoy life, then no one can teach you. ( in other words...if you`re a miserable bast*rd now, you`ll always be a miserable bast*rd). The big advice from all those `tips` seems to be `work freelance`. yeah, thats brilliant, if you`re a self employed plumber, you cant do that on a f*cking mountain top. One tip says quit your job, another says travel the world, well how the f*ck do you pay for it all if you`ve quit your job? What a load of idealistic sh*t. The sort of cr*p that new age hippies spout, while living in a pooty caravan and smoking themselves to death. Heres my top tips....1, eat whatever the f*ck you want to....2, sh*g anybody that will sh*g you,.....3, dont take cr*p from anybody........4, have fun. There thats all there is to a happy and fulfilling life.
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Female 579
Kori, me too! XD

I want to do stuff and just run off a cliff and not care about it, but I haven`t got the confidence nor the money nor the time to do any of that!

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Female 170
I thought it said "36 Ways to Live and Not Exist".

I was ready to sign up!

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Male 142
hopefully emos will get ahold of this article and atempt to bring meaning into their pathetic lives.
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Female 24
I stopped reading when it told me to get off the internet.
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Male 199
THERE IS 39! 39!

GET IT AWAY GET IT AWAY GET YOUR STUPID LOVE AWAY FROM ME!

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Male 578
I think the person who wrote this has Alzheimers.

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Male 625
lol stop looking at the internet and reading articles. your right. *close*
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Male 1,455
rofl, this reminds me of dr. phil. always telling ppl how they should live a life, like there was a manual for it.

[email protected] dr. phil

if you enjoy doing something, then keep on doing it, screw the idiots around you telling you youre not living a life. remember, no one can live your life better than you

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Female 78
"Do nothing" but I do that anyway...
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Male 637
That really spoke to me but some of those were just ridiculous
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Female 432
Problem is that most of these require MONEY, which I don`t have gratuitous amounts of. Hell, none at all.
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Male 1,072
If i followed ALL of these by the time ive done number 30 i would have slit my wrists by then, "GET YOUR HEART BROKEN ALL OVER AGAIN"

"QUIT YOUR JOB START A BUSIENSS" Yeah for more headaches!

"GO OUTSIDE IN THE PISSING RAIN"
Catch a cold and get all wet like

No thanks im happy just plodding along!

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Female 44
That was stupid.

Most of these things contradict themselves.

Especially the whole `suffering` thing.
And then the helping people thing.

It says `ease thier suffering`.
What? They`re SUPPOSED to suffer, right?
Its a `part of life`, right?

Stupid author.
Sucks at life.

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Female 1,468
Most of those were ridiculous.
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Male 547
Humm get out of your cubical stop talking on the internet, get off the internet.....

If i did that how would i know to read this and truly live?

nice try though

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Male 189
R_U_KIDDING- "People ignoring the world outside their own borders is a major problem already, and this MORON advocates it??!!"

He said that he didn`t watch it regularly, doesn`t mean he doesn`t hear about everything it happens immediately, and it`s not like he`s avoiding the people that tell him.

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Male 156
What a load of poo, I`m tired of these self-help gurus telling the average person that their life isn`t good enough. I`m happy doing whatever I want even if that means staring at my television like an idiot for 3 days straight.
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Female 313
LOL @ Baalthazaq!
I agree 100% with you!
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Male 453
how about responsibility, or organisation. Or even studying to be able to get a magick freelance job. unrealistic pooe unless your born rich.
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Male 7
This is so....stupid.

If you tell a person how to live his life, you stop him from living it. In order to truly live, you must figure it out on your own, through your own judgement. No formula can ever teach you how to be happy and find satisfaction in life.

While this may be somewhat useful as a "guide"(And I use that term extremely loosely), no collection of tips and moral "fortune cookies" can ever express how to live beyond existance. Just a note, this is strikingly similar to a scene in "Siddhartha" where the main character is in a struggle to find "Enlightenment". In the story, similar to this, the main character found that it is impossible for any one to lead another to Nirvana, or in this case "life", and that in order to truly find enlightnement it must be done entirely by one`s own faculties.

That is all, i don`t recall all the details of the anecdote. If I were to write a guide as to "How to live" I`d simply s

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Female 262
Mum..:*wait, what! Why aren`t you at school?*
Me...:*I decided to eliminate everything that wasn`t on my short list. School was not on there*
Mum..:* Shut up...go to school*

Stop reading magazines....stop watching the news...Become a socially retarded person, who lives with his mother? Oh, my bad, that wasn`t on the list...

Besides..I don`t think my parent`s would like it if I sold the house....

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Male 970
the things really made you think about your life.
im playing wow and thinking about to stop.
videogames are real time-wasters.
stop playing!!!
the first thing on IAB im going to bookmark and send to others
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Male 240
all the stuff on that list looks hard, but I try
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Male 82
"Find those who live in worse conditions. Meet them, talk to them, understand them. Live among them. Be one of them."

That`s right, demolish the nice little patch you made for yourself so that you can live around council house scum. Sounds like fun.

"35. Lose control" = Get rat-arsed.

Now you`re talking.

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Male 458
"For some, this means finding God or Jesus or Allah or Buddah"
god=allah,
who ever wrote this seem to think like hes a god or something and knows everything when he really doesnt
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Female 195
It`s an absolute dream to be able to do all those things. The person who wrote them must be either very privileged or still young. What about kids? what about money? what about commitments - your aging parents, pets, friends? What about the fact that I have an exam tomorrow and I have to go start moving house right after them?

Jeez, I`d LOVE to have time to sit and do nothing or watch the sunset...

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Female 1,211
Here is my list.

1. Don`t read lists like this one.
2. Eat spaghetti.

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Male 1,111
I do agree that people should go out and try new things, like skydiving, traveling, etc. because it really is fun once you`ve done something, even if it`s easier to sit there and do nothing.
But I still say keep the video games and internet just fit more into your life.
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Male 1,111
"Anyone else reminded of the "Wear Sunscreen" thing from years ago?"
-No because the Sunscreen speech was actually intelligent, inspiring, and heartfelt.

He should add a #40: Contradict yourself: Write an article about #39 ways to live and not just exist. Then make sure you suggest a morning ritual for one tip and in another tip suggest that no on fall into a rut and change the way they start their day. (And if you`re wondering how writing a #39 ways to live...would have a #40, then that would be a contradiction)

lol at Baal: totally agree on the touchy feely poo, unless you act like a robot your emotions are fine.

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Male 4,546
Eww @ link.

Some of em you think, "Yeah aright, maybe I should get out more, there`s a place near here you can scuba dive and I`ve never been".

Then there`s all the touchy-feely crap. All I`m hearing is "Hug a tree... feeeel the bark, feeeeel the leaves".

I wanna live... but I also wanna live without being really really creepy.

If it were my list, alllll 39 would like this one:
37. Make an awesome dessert.

Oh yeah. And of course "Eat awesome dessert", and "Buy awesome dessert", and "Find someone who knows how to make awesome desserts", you get the idea.

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Male 422
btw no one takes my internet!!!!!!
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Male 422
why 36 thats such a random number why not 101 or even 40!!!!
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Male 106
This actually pissed me off. It`s a load of bull, talking to old people will never make me happy. Who cares if you had a full life if you didn`t enjoy it. I`d rather sit and play video games and leave my internet plugged IN, and actually enjoy myself.
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Male 4,246
^^^ LOL!!! You`ll take my Internet when you pry it from my Cold Dead HANDS!!
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Male 694
10/ Pull away from Internet

NEVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Female 1,596
I`m guessing the guy who wrote this is a hippie :D

I`ll stick with eatin my food, not going outside, and never ever quitting school just to "relax".

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Female 350
Anyone else reminded of the "Wear Sunscreen" thing from years ago?
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Female 601
"Live" according to who? Most of these ideas were just stupid and would make me miserable. My idea of living is just to be comfortable.
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Male 4,246
OK, most of those are pretty good, but THIS:

"33. Stop watching the news. It`s depressing and useless. If you`re a news junky, this may be difficult. I haven`t watch TV news or read a newspaper regularly in about two years. It hasn`t hurt me a bit. Anything important, my mom tells me about."

What total and utter GARBAGE. People ignoring the world outside their own borders is a major problem already, and this MORON advocates it??!! That`s the STUPIDEST (most stupid?) idea I`ve read all week.

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Female 239
I might be being retarded...but is it just me or are there 39 tips on ways to live and not just exist?
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Male 70
lame!!
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Male 6
lmfao @ 19

When you suffer, suffer!

"Learn to feel the pain intensely...really feel the pain!"

Sounds like some sort of psychotic optimist

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Female 152
I`m too young for a few of these "tips" but most of them really made me think. I should really take this stuff to heart.
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Female 208
Oh yea I love 27, sell your home, take a year off of work (basically telling you to quit your job, as almost no place will let you take a year`s vacation). And just have FUN, do not worry that once that is over, you will have the headache of looking for another job.
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Male 2,958
Guess I`m one of the many that just exists.
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Female 2,084
wow. these really make you think.
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Female 2,244
Link: 36 Ways to Live and Not Just Exist [Rate Link] - If you want to truly live life, to enjoy it to the fullest, then here you need to find ways to break free from the mold.
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