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Ayla Ford

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Does everything that we do in life revolve around finding a mate?

Being a senior in high school, I have observed my actions and the actions of those around me and something interesting has caught my attention. From the very moment we wake till we go to sleep at night we are planning our lives around what appeals to the opposite sex. I was wondering can we move past our animalistic nature and be forward thinking on our own or are we always to be caught in the rut of companionship? I caught myself forming life goals around a man that I have yet to meet, my plans to travel have already been stifled by the notion that in my pursuit of world travel I might miss out on my "one true love."

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    Apr 25 2013: No. I also participate in TED conversations !
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        Apr 27 2013: :) Hi Kate,
        No, I mean I don't think everything that I do in life revolve around finding a mate. I was being cheeky suggesting that participating in TED is one such activity for example.
        I'd like to tell Ayla that the meaning and significance of the word 'mate' keeps on expanding with life. At a particular point it may appear that finding a mate is the most important purpose all activities but at some other point of life it may appear that the activities are more interesting such that a mate will find one who is in action.
        My partner and I do things vastly different and share the substance of our experiences over dinner.

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