When were you the happiest for the longest period of time?

@writersedge (22577)
United States
September 24, 2007 6:44pm CST
I went to Arkansas for an initiation into the Good Medicine Society. I was the happiest for the longest period of time in my life. Why? Because it was both communal living and I could also be alone. There were fun classes and things to do. There was a cave I could stay in during the heat of the day. The classes ranged from walks and discussing nature to creating religious items. We each signed-up to work also. I signed up to make one meal a day. I volunteered to go help get milk and other items. Most nights I went to bed late and got up early to pray with everyone else. But one night I stayed up and participated in storytelling and ceremonies. Then slept in. There was such a wonderful balance of work, play, prayer, meeting people, being on your own, learning, and eating. I wish the week didn't have to end. So when were you the happiest for the longest period of time? Why?
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@raychill (6530)
• United States
24 Sep 07
I was happy from the time I was born until I was about 11. Then life just went down hill. Being a child was a lot more fun than growing up to be an adult. Now I'm usually happy when I can get away on a vacation or something. When there are "no worries" or anything to worry about.
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@writersedge (22577)
• United States
25 Sep 07
Yes, I hear you, I think that's why I liked being in Arkansas so much. I didn't have to worry about food, communal lifestyle, it was provided for a donation a day. Didn't have to worry about shelter, I brought my tent and there was a cave if I wanted to go there. No bills to worry about, no money worries, because everyone donated their time and talents. From birth to 11 is a really good long stretch. I hope that someday life will be more like a vacation with less worries for both of us. Take care.
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@raychill (6530)
• United States
25 Sep 07
Yeah. I think living a worry free life is the happiest thing for everyone.
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@3lilangels (4639)
• United States
25 Sep 07
well i would say i was the happiest ever since i was born til now,i got to have a wonderful childhood and have such a great family and friends that just kept me happy and being myself and then my teenager years when i was doing what i enjoyed which was doing hair and then when i got my own hairsalon and completed my dream at that time,and last and final was when i married my soul mate and have my 3lilangels was a huge blessing and im so thankful for all of that i was able to accomplish so far in my life.hopefully my happiness will continue and follow my dreams.pattie
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@writersedge (22577)
• United States
27 Sep 07
I hope it continues, too.SMILE
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• Hong Kong
25 Sep 07
My happiest period in my life would be when I was in college. I didn't really get to study much (I still completed everything and be responsible). But I got to run wild and free almost without any worries in life. I got to study what I love best and I got to do the flexible school hours. I could stay home from time to time and be rebellious about school. I could stay in some places and think about life. Those are the best time I have in my life!
@writersedge (22577)
• United States
27 Sep 07
In college, I had to work my tail off. But I did enjoy working with little children. But sometimes my grades weren't what I really wanted, so I had to keep working harder. There were some good days there. Just not as carefree as you. Glad you had all that time to be happy.
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@dodge87 (75)
• Egypt
24 Sep 07
well .. i was the happiest for the longest period of time when i finished my first year in college with a GPA 3.7 ...because it's really hard to get such a GPA here in Egypt
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@writersedge (22577)
• United States
25 Sep 07
Congratulations on a really high GPA. That's something to be proud of. Take care
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@dreamy1 (3815)
• United States
24 Sep 07
From 2003-2005 for two and a half years I lived in Taiwan. I loved every minute of it. I moved overseas by myself didn't know anyone. I made some great friends from around the world, some of them I know will be lifelong friends. I had a great time there. I loved going clubbing and sightseeing, and eating out with my friends and just hanging out. The cost of living was cheap. I loved the laid back lifestyle. I just had the time of my life.
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@writersedge (22577)
• United States
25 Sep 07
2 1/2 years, Wow! That's great! That must have been scary at first to go somewhere and not know anyone. Also language barrier? I think when I retire, I hope I am very happy for many of the same reasons. laid back lifestyle and getting to hang out with my friends. Thank you very much for your response.
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@alamode (3073)
• United States
25 Sep 07
I was truly happy for years!! We moved to our little town because when the company Hun worked for went on strike, the owners fired everyone, and we had to sell our house. We bought a smaller house cash... it needed work, but I could do most of it. We had good friends and neighbors, people always ready to help. It was like that until my leg injury... a good 6 years that were the best part of ALL our lives!
@writersedge (22577)
• United States
27 Sep 07
6 years, I think when my husband and I retire, whatever number of years we have left after that, will be our years to be happy. At least, that's what I'm hoping.
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@alamode (3073)
• United States
27 Sep 07
We're hoping for that as well... he just put in his paperwork, so we'll see... I hope we planned well enough, though our dogs' food smells pretty good...!