The past couple of years, I've really done some soul searching. I've had so much crap happen in my life (like lots of people) but I'm still "successful" to some extent. I'm at the point in my life where I'm out of debt (except for my small house) and a lot of my paycheck is extra money. Which is a first for me. I've struggled for so long just to get by and now I have extra money. When I struggled, I always thought happiness was having money to buy things. Now that I have it, I doesn't really have the same fulfillment that it once did to buy something. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy buying things but it's not the same. I still feel empty or like I'm missing something. For a long time, I've enjoyed helping people. But I never knew how to go about that. For the most part, I've just done my normal routine of getting up every day and going to work and then repeat the next day. Time flies. I'm 25 and just feel like there is more. I feel like i'm just wasting my time doing nothing important. Long post but I just kinda wanted to get you guys' opinion and see if any of you feel this way sometimes and/or what you would suggest. I don't want to do the same 'ole "9-5" every day (even though i'm 6-3 ). I thought about just to start volunteering doing small things. but ultimately, I think i want to do something full time. Reason I bring it up today is that I was taking a walk during my lunch in Seattle and there was an irish guy canvasing on the street for Children International. He had quite the story where he quit his "real" job to work for them and sponsor children. He doesn't make much money but he genuinely seems happy...a happiness that I have yet to find. While I'm not sure that's the exact path I'd want to take, I sometimes think it might take something extreme like that to really make a difference in my life. so anyways, thoughts, opinions, complaints?