“One person has asked a simple question "Why are you here - right now?" on mturk.com, paying respondents a penny for a thoughtful answer. He read the answers and decided it was good stuff and came up with a book. Here are some of the answers in this book.
The Debt Holder
I am here in this state of karmic payback because I betrayed the trust of the person who means the most to me in this world. Now I fear that I will never regain it, and that karma will take that person away from me as the final payback for my actions. I am forced to live in the present and the past because the thought of that future is too painful to think about. I deeply regret my actions, and more than anything, I just want to make everything right again.
The Grieving Loved One
I'm sitting at home staring at this computer and asking myself this same question? I just found out that my 29 year old friend just died from breast cancer that spread to her lungs. She left behind a husband and two young sons. So now i'm sitting here asking myself why am i here? Why is she not going to be here to raise her sons and live her life? Why am i here?
The Thankful Grandmother
Why am I here? On the computer or in the room, on this planet, facing another day, or just living. I am here because I like to answer questions, on this planet because I was created by mom and dad, facing another day because I arose to the dawn and a screeching bird outside my window and living and enjoying each and every day listening to my granddaughter sing Twinkle Little Star and thankful that I can do so.
The Playful Wife
I am here right now to breathe, to stretch, to reach for the joy that is Friday afternoon, post-work, pre-martini, post-skirt, pre-sweatpants, post-stale coffee breath, pre-nap and supper and time with kids and committee meetings and weekend chores. I am here right now to know a moment, a still moment of earth and air, moving fan, distant siren, ticking clock, silent phone and knowing that somewhere out there, my husband drives toward me to pick up for a Friday night date.
The Hopeless Dreamer
Here is a place I don't want to be. Here is the ending of old hopes and rotted out dreams. Here is the edge between what I wanted to be, and what I am dangerously close to being. Here is nowhere.
Here's my answer to the question. Why am I here - right now? I'm here on LiveJournal because I like interacting with others, and I feel I'm making a difference by volunteering in technical support and other capacities. I'm here right now because I'm procrastinating on homework. I'm here right now recording this voice-post to earn four bucks.”