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Aidan Talcott

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What is something you do that makes you genuinely happy?

I want to know what makes you happy. An activity or something of that sort. Something you always look forward to and that you could see yourself doing all the time. If this thing is NOT your job, then I am curious to find out your reasoning of why it is not. I'll read and respond to all answers. I'm a 18 year old kid about to go into college and responding would really help me out. Thanks.


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    Apr 10 2013: Hi Aidan. I know I couldn't live without hiking the hills and mountains at least once a week. I treat this as a kind of meditative thing, as an antidote to the noisy distractions of everyday life at work and at home. It has to be either with 1-2 like-minded people or on my own. However, it's much better on my own - more restorative, and I can spend time taking photos and sketching. I come home tired, but reinvigorated to face another week!

    You ask why this is not my job - well, I have thought about photojournalism for outdoor magazines and newspapers, but there is massive competition, even as a freelancer. However, I do make a reasonable income from selling paintings and prints from my own artwork on the fine art market here in UK, and photography of the British mountain landscapes. But income is not why I do it - happiness has more value than money.

    It sounds like tennis takes up a lot of your time, and it's a fantastic achievement to get where you have on the pro circuit. How many 'boxes' does that tick for you? Would you be able to carry on pursuing the tennis training schedule separate to the demands of college? What about your filming interests? Does that tick different boxes? What subjects have you chosen to study academically?

    I think the secret to happiness is how one treats the times that aren't so good, and the resilience we develop against disappointment. The good times will then remain spontaneous (rather than 'designed') - and all the more profound for that.
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      Apr 11 2013: Allan thanks for your amazing response. I love the outdoors so your hobbies that are your outlets from everyday life are very similar to my interests. Tennis pretty much takes up all my time. When I am not training, I am doing schoolwork. I am still a senior in high school currently. In college I will have to find the balance between academics and tennis training because I'm forced to do both since it's a D1 tennis program and they have a very intensive training schedule. I train much more now than I will there, but I don't have nearly the amount of schoolwork I will have when I go to college.

      As for what I will study. I'm leaning more and more towards the film and entertainment industry. It's tough because I know I'm decent at it and that if I put in the time and effort I could be really good, however its a really tough industry to make it in and sometimes that overwhelms me. For instance, I wanted to get into studying business or becoming a doctor because I thought I'd have a better chance of making good money doing that, but recently I've tried to get myself away from the money and more towards what I really would enjoy doing everyday. I have a ton of scripts written out for short films (around 5 minutes) that I would normally do but tennis just takes up a bit too much time.

      Thanks a lot for your response though. I'd love to see some of your artwork.

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