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Elizabeth Rivas

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What is your purpose in life and how and when did you come to realize it? In what ways are you now living towards your purpose?

After having lived for 21 years I would have assumed when I was younger that by this time in my life, surely I would have figured out my purpose. Of course, this is not the case. I have been thinking more and more about my life in terms of my true purpose. I may have a general idea where I want to go in life, for example, I am planning and studying hard so that I can successfully transfer to UCLA, my dream school. I also know that I enjoy working with children, learning about the biological sciences, writing poetry and fiction in my free time, and sharing my ideas. I was hoping I might be able to learn how members of this wonderful community called TED has come to learn their true purpose. Share with me with your lightbulb moments about the exact moment when you realized you found your calling? Or maybe share your not so lightbulb moment. Maybe it took you years and years to discover your calling in life. Either way, I am eager to hear from you and how you not only learned what it is you want to do with your life but how you are implementing those desires today


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    Apr 16 2013: .
    My answers to your questions:

    My "purpose in life" is to keep my and humankind’s DNA alive.
    "come to realize it" when I was retired
    I am “now living towards my purpose” by means of doing things for my offspring and their symbiotic society.
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      Apr 17 2013: That's an interesting purpose, definitely one that is needed haha. We don't want humankind's DNA to disappear. Although i'm thinking we're actually overpopulated...Hm...
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        Apr 17 2013: .
        Thank you!

        I think the problem of overpopulation is easy to solve
        if we reduce or quit our invalid (ineffective, harmful) happiness.

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