Do you ever get the feeling that you are living in the wrong time...

@filmbuff (2909)
United States
May 1, 2007 12:22am CST
...and that your personality or skills would be put to better use if you were living at some point in the past instead? Maybe you feel like you would have been the perfect Roman gladiator, or perhaps the ultimate explorer. A Japanese Samurai or a tribal medicine man or even a great spiritual leader. So tell me, do you feel that you are living in the wrong time? In what era of the past do you wish you could be living right now, what would you be doing there and why?
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@Erilyn (3020)
• United States
4 May 07
Sometimes I feel as if I would be better at home in the 15th century. Something about it alwasy attracted me. I joined the medievl club in high school only to find I wanted to be a knight more than I wanted to be a Lady. I dunno maybe it's the romance of it all that attracts me most. It seemed like a more romantic time. I even took french in high school because it was a romance language. I'm silly I know but I can't help it lol.
@filmbuff (2909)
• United States
5 May 07
Being a Knight and being alive during that period of time is very attractive... until you look at the actual history of the period. It's called the "dark ages" for a reason, it was like the light went out. Most people were poor, medicine consisted of bleeding people, people bathed once or twice a year and disease was rampant. Life was so horrible that the focus was placed on the next life. All the music and the architecture of the time was upreaching, trying to get closer to heaven; spires were everywhere you looked. That so much for commenting Erilyn, if it were the way it was presented in the movies I would want to be there right along side you.
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@Erilyn (3020)
• United States
7 May 07
Oh I know, but it does have it appeal in the way it is presented. I guess I am just a hopeless romantic and that will never change lol. I know how it really was wasn't all that romantic, it's the apperance I guess that I like more.
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@filmbuff (2909)
• United States
8 May 07
I couldn't agree with you more. The whole idea of chilvary, dashing off to rescue the maiden, and fighting the good fight is terribly romantic. Contrary to popular belief, I'm a sucker for romance also.
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@deepti15 (1190)
• India
3 May 07
Well, No I dont feel like I am living in the wrong time, its just that I feel like I am living in a wrong place :-)). I am a family person and my life without my family is simply blue. But the other part of my life yearns for living close to nature. May be if I would have been living at a more calm and quite, a more greener place, say somewhere near the sea-shore in a place which is less crowded, where I can go out for long walks, a silent life, I would love it. I dont want to go to another era, just want to be with my family but at a better place then where I am currently living. But jobs, scholls and other stuffs have put shackels and I dont think that I am strong enough to break it all.
@filmbuff (2909)
• United States
4 May 07
A very well stated response deepti15. Surroundings do account for a lot as I can atest too from having lived in so many different places. You are far more family oriented than I am, I would suspect, so picking up and moving may not be as easy as just that. However if you think you would be happier living somewhere else, I would suggest making that a goal to work towards. As Shakespeare said, "To thine own self be true." Thanks again for sharing your thoughts.
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@deepti15 (1190)
• India
14 Mar 09
My god , I responded this discussion two years back. Good to see.
@laridbz (1287)
• China
25 May 07
I don't feel like I'm at the wrong time exaclty. I'm glad with my own generation. But if I had a choice, I would have lived my adolescence in the 60's, mainly because of the music and all that rock'n'roll style. But I wouldn't like to be here in Brazil if that was the case. I'd LOVE to be a 16-year-old English girl, living with my parents in Liverpool and dating the cute guy that lives nextdoor. And then, he would take me to Cavern Club to see a new band of four weird hairy guys that can really make a nice sound. Am I going too far? Sorry!
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@filmbuff (2909)
• United States
26 May 07
Great post Laridbz! I often daydreamed about being born a good 20-30 years younger. If I were I have no doubt I would have gone really far in the music biz during the post Woodstock to 1990's era. As it is now, I kind've missed the commercial rock and roll bandwagon. Music just isn't as good as it was, and I fear that it won't be for quite some time.
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@laridbz (1287)
• China
28 May 07
Yep, I share the same opinion. But you as a musician could make it different, right? ;)
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@filmbuff (2909)
• United States
30 May 07
Maybe. It's hard to buck the system that is in place right now.
@tala91285 (1080)
• Philippines
23 May 07
I often have a feeling that I lived my life as a samurai in feudal Japan. I really feel that I belong to ancient times rather than in the present. There's this connection that I feel whenever I'd see or read anything that has to do with ancient history. Weird, right? ^_^
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@filmbuff (2909)
• United States
23 May 07
Not so weird really. I think a lot of people feel the way you do, about belonging somewhere or somewhen else. Is it just feudel Japan, or what other times/places do you feel a connection to?
@tala91285 (1080)
• Philippines
23 May 07
Since I'm Asian, I feel a strong affinity towards the ancient history of Asia like the Chinese, Thai, Burmese and especially the prehistorical Philippines (since I'm Filipino). I guess this is because China had a large influence over Southeast Asia and that Southeast Asian countries have one major link between all of them that's why I feel I could live in those places back in their antiquity.
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@filmbuff (2909)
• United States
26 May 07
I think living in Roman times, or the Greek periods (when they were at their peaks) would be fun. I am a little fasinated with ancient China and Japan as well. The Wild, Wild West in the U.S. from the 1600-1800's has a certain mystique to it for me as well.
• United States
8 May 07
I would have made the perfect Southern Belle. I love everything about that period of time, well with the exception of slavery. I am sure I would have found a different system of getting work done...Anyway I adore the romance, the costumes, and the over all genteelness of that era. I would have made a very good plantations owners wife :))
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@filmbuff (2909)
• United States
8 May 07
I can so totally picture that Angelwhispers. I agree the costumes of the time looks great, but man I feel sorry for the women had to endure. Didn't they used to wear upwards of 8-10 layers of clothing, can you imagine that with no air condtioning? I have to agree with you though, that would be awesome time to live what with manifest destiny and everything. So much wilderness to explore, so much adventure.
• United States
8 May 07
Young girls certainly did, knickers, corsets, hoops then the dresses. But once you were married you could dispense with the full corsets and breath again. also the knickers were smaller and not so think and hot. Only for special occasions did Matron were the layers and hoops. But honestly how romantic to have a corset pulled so tight that when you get excited and can not breath to be caught in the arms of one of those plantation hunks? It was an exciting time in history, politically charged, yes and the adventure. Just moving from state to state would have been awesome. I love the south with all of my heart. I am not proud of some of our history, but even today, there is no other place I would live.
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• United States
8 May 07
that should read not so thick and hot...Shesh
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@ladyluna (7004)
• United States
28 May 07
Hello Filmbuff, Ya' know, I used to feel that way, before the dawn of the internet. Seriously, I am so appreciative of the advancements that this little invention can bring, that I'm thrilled to be a tiny part of it. As a result of this new age, I am reinvigorated to embrace technology. I first worked on computers way back in the early 80s. Yet, advancements that affected society, as a whole, were slow in coming. Once, it took off -- wow, get out of it's way. It's exciting to imagine what the next decades will bring our way.
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@filmbuff (2909)
• United States
30 May 07
I think from a standpoint of comfort and sciece that this is by far the best period to be living in. I also can't wait to see what will be coming down the road in another ten or twenty years. The past though does seem romantic with all the undiscovered frontiers, but I guess computers, the internet and technology are the modern day frontiers. Can you believe the medical advances of the last 20 years? It's crazy in a good way.
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• United States
11 May 07
I would like to be a man, not a women. I would like to live 100 years ago in the wild west with a modern 2007 car, computer, and phone. I have no idea what I would be doing. The same as I am now.
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@filmbuff (2909)
• United States
12 May 07
You're the second person who wants to change sexes. Are you serious about the rest of your post or just joking? It would be impossible to use the computer or phone, and the car would very quickly run out of gas. It's late I'm tired, you must have been joking. ;)
• United States
14 Mar 09
Oh my gosh, I have had this feeling my entire life. My grandfather had even told me that I was an "old soul" when I was very little. I long for the turn of the century 1890s through the thirties or forties. I miss being treated like a lady, not having to work as hard as a man. Everything was so much prettier then, the homes were built by hand and the craftsmanship of this era will never return. I long to wear dresses, have a front porch you have time to use and a much slower pace of life. I love to cook from scratch and make everything by my own hand. Our culture keeps looking to the japanese and is ruining our way of life. All I can say is I am so so tired and never felt at home in this century.