Everything being posted is super negative

Damn guys, I keep reading through threads that are super depressing. What are some positive things going on in your lives that keep you going

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Aug 24, 2021 - 1:39pm

August:

- Muay Thai - today - my girlfriend's first day of training.

- Training for Sept triathlon.

September:

- More training for triathlon.

- Cooking steak and salmon for friend's bday.

- Competing in 70.3 Half Iron triathlon the following weekend on 9/26.

OctoberΒ 

- Renting a beachouse penthouse on the water for the weekend for a friend's wedding.

NovemberΒ 

- College reunion - homecoming - tailgating / open bar and food.

DecemberΒ 

- Going to Vegas with my girlfriend and her bro and his wife - playing poker. Staying at Trump International Hotel.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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Aug 24, 2021 - 2:04pm

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- Cooking steak

had some flank steak for lunch today, made me think of you

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Aug 24, 2021 - 9:22pm

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Isaiah_53_5 πŸ’ŽπŸ™ŒπŸ’ŽπŸ™ŒπŸ’Ž

- Cooking steak

had some flank steak for lunch today, made me think of you

Nice bro. I posted a reply to this earlier, but the post disappeared.

My favorite is filet mignon from Whole Foods.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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Aug 25, 2021 - 10:37am

Nice, I'm extremely pumped for SEC football starting back. Also got a ski trip to Colorado with the gf this winter, on top of potentially proposing late this year/early next year.

Aug 25, 2021 - 4:46pm

Wow nice something interesting every month to look forward to

Yes, and the opportunity to suffer every day, one workout at a time. Getting those endorphins and eating well.

"Seek out pain,Β fall in love with suffering. So I sought out pain, fell in love with suffering, and eventually transformed myself from the weakest piece of shit on the planet into the hardest man God ever created"

- David GogginsΒ 

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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Aug 24, 2021 - 9:32pm

College Football starts this week! That's a nice positive.Β 

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Aug 25, 2021 - 7:47am

August - trips to NYC, Chicago, and the beach for hurricane swell/just because, hooked my foot on a discarded fishing rig while bodysurfing and ripped it out myself, that was pretty sick

September - concerts, another trip to midwest to see family, best friend moving back into my city, start of football season and the heart of hurricane waves, start of career days and meeting new college/high school kids to help them out

October - Miami + more good fall surf with ZERO tourists or paddleboard kooks, begin planning euro trip 2022

November & December - family time, beginning to learn my 3rd language, getting ready for trip to caribbean in January assuming Delta doesn't fuck that, but if it does, we'll reroute and go somewhere domestic, maybe Miami, USVI, PR, TBD, plan relay triathlon with friends and continue training there (I'm doing the swimming part), plus USMAN COVINGTON 2 LETS GOOOOO

2021 in general - best year career wise ever (thanks Jay Powell and my colleagues), progressed nicely on my 2nd language (got called fluent by a native!), marriage never been stronger, never been in better physical shape, read some good books (including 4 or 5 in my 2nd language which was WAY harder than I thought, but a fun challenge), spent a lot of time at the beach, got scared to death surfing for the first time ever (held down by a 15 foot set, hit the reef, and getting out I never felt more alive)

of note, none of these trips have cost me more than $3k, most have been less (wife & I combined). I make decent money, but I'm very frugal when it comes to travel, so please don't take this as a flex, any 1st year IB analyst could completely replicate my year of travel given enough PTO from their employer.

life in general - what keeps my going is my wife, my health, my values, my friends, and the realization that you never know when life is going to end, so if I find myself at death's door tomorrow, I want to look back on how I was spending my time with a big smile on my face. it's a selfish way to look at it, but it's the God's honest truth.

Aug 27, 2021 - 9:41am

I'm east coast, I grew up in delmarva so my definition of good surf is waist high without 50 NSPs out there and 400 spongers

in all seriousness though, OBX, NJ, NY are all solid during fall/winter.Β 

great EC surf:Β 

great WC surf:Β https://www.theinertia.com/surf/blacks-beach-california-perfect-wave-su…

this is what I'd consider a typical "good" surf in fall on the east coast:Β 

I know it's objectively worse than WC surf in every way except summer/fall water temps + sharks, but it's home, and I love it

Aug 25, 2021 - 10:12am

nothing is positive in my life im the living embodiment of pain & suffering sloggin through a pointless life

I'm from Europe 

Aug 26, 2021 - 9:04am

AlwaysChasingTail

nothing is positive in my life im the living embodiment of pain & suffering sloggin through a pointless life

You have to take control and make positives. Workout everyday. Eat well. Be kind to others. If you do this, you should be fine.Β 

We are not defined by what we feel. We are defined by what we do.Β 

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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Aug 26, 2021 - 11:06am

I workout everyday already bro, two times in fact (strength + cardio). My mood is just shit because I am in a caloric deficit, not for long anymore though. Getting shredded has its downsidesΒ 

I'm from Europe 

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Aug 27, 2021 - 6:16am

Dude your statement about being kind to other is so underrated and overlooked. Despite all the shit going on right now, especially in the US with disagreement on vaccines / general whatever the fuck you consider important politics, it's so crucial to make sure that we are kind to one another no matter what we believe or condone. Have all the debate you want - that's what this country allows and promotes. But please, no need to be a dick to one another. Let's all be legit kind and not bitchy unpleasant despite whatever disagreements we may have. There is no other way we will maintain an air of civility in our politics and / or society otherwise.

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Sep 3, 2021 - 2:53pm

Associate 3 in PE - LBOs

Bought a house in the suburbs and having a kid in a few months. Super excited!Β Β 

Congratulations, get feeling!

SafariJoe, wins again!
Aug 25, 2021 - 11:34am

Brother, I am in love with the most wonderful girl and finally feeling like an adult. Life is hard, but I am loved and there will be a future.

...and the Truth shall set you free
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Aug 25, 2021 - 11:49am

Have a lot to be thankful for over the last couple years since coming out of undergrad. Moved across the country from CA to NYC to start my first big boy job. That move brought me my now GF (soon to be fiancΓ©). Then made the move out to Chicago and both of us are in love with this city (except for winter). Here I was able to break into IB, on an awesome team with decent WLB, so now saving up to travel the world with my SO.Β 

Have read many times about putting things into perspective (users like thebrofessor have amazing posts to read through). Excited about growing professionally in my career, hoping to see my friends and family more, and looking forward to creating amazing memories with the love of my life. Not to mention we adopted a dog who never fails to put a smile on my face after coming home from work.

Aug 25, 2021 - 1:38pm

After seeing the posts from depressed people and seeing the responses from people happy with their lives, have you noticed that the same pattern always appears?

Those depressed happen to indirectly identify as the root of the problem their very reduced level of personal interactions in real life (though they will not admit it). Meanwhile those who are actually happy always mention activities that involve doing shit outside with people.

Unless you want to become another nerd in the brink of mental breakdown, turn everything off and go outside if you are not busy. Go get some drinks with your friends or coworkers. Find a cool partner or go see some str*ppers with your friends if lonely. DGAF about social media, everything is plastic, deceptive and cringe... do not believe 90% of what you see there. Go safely to a music festival or a comedy show. Go to enjoy a good breakfast at your favorite diner.

The alternatives are many, but the single denominator is always the same: Go outside and do stuff in person and preferably with others. Aside from your work there is absolutely 0 need in losing time in front of a screen trying to be the best sniper in whatever game, watching videos of bears playing trumpets or shooting DMs to random brainless attention seekers.

We are talking about a very big issue that will begin to be studied more in depth in the psychiatric world and is often ignored by many today. Take control of your lives and enjoy to the maximum.

"Anyway, four dollars a pound"

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Aug 25, 2021 - 2:10pm

Eh, I'd take this with a grain of salt. I know some social people who ended up in bad relationships and ended up being single moms, orΒ  others who went with the wrong crowd and will now spend the prime of their life in jail.Β  I agree with the fact that solid friends and a supportive SO are better than nothing, but you have to be careful with friend selection and SO selection as well. I also think this site offers some benefits such as being able to debate and reflect on controversial topics with a group of often intelligent and rational people, something that isn't easy to find irl. As a non-target, I was also able to gain a ton of industry info from this site that I wouldn't have been able to get from talking to people face to face (although I did plenty of networking calls).Β 

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Aug 25, 2021 - 5:59pm

IncomingIBDreject

Eh, I'd take this with a grain of salt. I know some social people who ended up in bad relationships and ended up being single moms, orΒ  others who went with the wrong crowd and will now spend the prime of their life in jail.Β  I agree with the fact that solid friends and a supportive SO are better than nothing, but you have to be careful with friend selection and SO selection as well. I also think this site offers some benefits such as being able to debate and reflect on controversial topics with a group of often intelligent and rational people, something that isn't easy to find irl. As a non-target, I was also able to gain a ton of industry info from this site that I wouldn't have been able to get from talking to people face to face (although I did plenty of networking calls).Β 

Indeed, completely right on filtering carefully certain people. Thank God I detected on time the real nature of some questionable people years ago (especially high school times) and got them out of my circle.

Regarding the second part of your message, I would say WSO is very fine for informational purposes and definitely helpful for prospective professionals. Absolutely 0 harm in this case, you are doing a responsable use.

The problem comes when browsing the web becomes a source of pure entertainment, if not controlled over time this leads to progressively not feeling anymore comfortable in RL social circles and starting to use the internet as a means to escape from the reality around you. This is a typical scenario of an addiction, in fact there are studies from Harvard and Michigan universities (as well as health agencies like the NIH) detecting brain alterations in social media users that are quite similar to those experienced as a result of gambling or substance abuse. When brain chemicals are actually affected... well, things get serious.

Personally I believe this applies to a significant portion of people claiming to be unhappy with life (despite being in good conditions, not including people who faced any sort of tragedy) in different sites, not only here.

"Anyway, four dollars a pound"

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Aug 25, 2021 - 6:11pm

Another thing: many of the bitter and angry people use words like "cuck" and come from 4chan and redpill forums, where they spend all their free time hating on others who are different than them.Β  It's pretty obvious why those types of people are unhappy

Aug 25, 2021 - 1:47pm

Hit two new PR's in the gym in the past month, 480 dead and 365 squat. Girlfriend and I doing better than ever. She wraps up nursing school soonish and I'm mad stoked for the increase in time we'll have together. Ski season is just around the corner.. usually get about 25-35 days on the hill so it's hype.. got a trip to jhole planned w the boys for a week in February. And last but certainly not least, everyone in my extended family made it through the pandemic. Very fortunate and very blessed. Cheers y'all.

Aug 25, 2021 - 2:10pm

Nice - are you natty?

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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Aug 25, 2021 - 2:03pm

Enjoying life in a beach town on the central coast before my senior year. Taking advantage of these next few months to learn to sail, golf, and go to car meets.Β 

Aug 25, 2021 - 2:12pm

What does the central coast mean - Virginia?

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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Aug 25, 2021 - 2:20pm

No on the pacific. Generally from Monterey to Ventura but it's debated. Between SoCal and NorCal.

Aug 25, 2021 - 7:52pm

US Grand Prix in October

Making a trip to Cali to go golfing with the BIL in late September

Potentially going to Ft Lauderdale Labor Day weekend

Got a cute tinder date for this weekend and she's down to fuck

its good right now brosΒ 

Aug 25, 2021 - 9:21pm

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"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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Aug 26, 2021 - 9:48am

I have something: i've lived in the north east my entire life and have always wanted to move "out west", mostly for snowboarding and a change of scenery. I work remote and my gf just got a job offer in SLC. We need to decide in the next day if we are going to go.

I want to go and experience something new (and ride consistent good snow & big mountains), but my life here is pretty good. I have a great friend group and am always going camping, snowboarding, biking, hanging out with friends etc. One second I'm ready to pack my backs and head out, and the next I have no desire to leave. I would also miss my 14 yr old family dog pretty bad.

Really no idea what to do.Β 

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Aug 26, 2021 - 2:14pm

I need someone to tell me what to do because I am a child.

Aug 26, 2021 - 2:27pm

Bring your dog with you. Airlines allow this (do some more research for specifics bc I've not actually done it but have seen people check in pets)

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Aug 26, 2021 - 4:50pm

These opportunities become fewer and farther between as you get older. I can't really give you solid advice (and why should you take it from some stranger on the internet?) given my limited understanding of your situation, but I say fucking go for it. Take a road trip out and enjoy the hell out of it. You can still keep in touch with your friend group and it isn't hard to meet up every few months, plus there is nothing keeping you in SLC, if it doesn't work out you can move back east. Having a job with that kind of flexibility is super key.Β 

Aug 26, 2021 - 8:07pm

tengleha

I have something: i've lived in the north east my entire life and have always wanted to move "out west", mostly for snowboarding and a change of scenery. I work remote and my gf just got a job offer in SLC. We need to decide in the next day if we are going to go.

I want to go and experience something new (and ride consistent good snow & big mountains), but my life here is pretty good. I have a great friend group and am always going camping, snowboarding, biking, hanging out with friends etc. One second I'm ready to pack my backs and head out, and the next I have no desire to leave. I would also miss my 14 yr old family dog pretty bad.

Really no idea what to do.Β 

Just go for it...you only live once, and your friends will prefer camping and skiing with you in Utah over anything out East. I moved to CO after NYC and all of my immediate family followed me here. The mountains are where it's at.Β 

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Aug 27, 2021 - 3:33am

Lol all the positive stuff posted here is done by people clearly not in IB. Tells you a lot about what career path not to take.

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Aug 27, 2021 - 8:11am

my visa got accepted- i'll be starting university in canada. i'm an international student from India so can't wait to get out of the "developing" world to put it nicely. making regular gains at the gym and also been having lots of fun with my friends. i also recently discovered stoicism and have been reading a ton of books. i feel like i have a huge advantage over the tiktok obsessed generation since i've been on a dopamine detox. everything has suddenly come together and has given me a huge boost in confidence and everyone has been noticing (especially the ladies).Β 

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