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What does it feel like to have an epiphany?
tynamite's avatar Sorry for the long answer, but I notice that some people don't understand me on Quora unless I explain things to them.
In a sentence: Epiphanies don't feel any different from me having ideas, so they don't really feel like anything significant for me.

I never have out of body experiences, and I have only had an epiphany about myself once.

That was yesterday when someone on Quora diagnosed me with chronic depression based on an answer I gave yesterday. I looked up what it was, and he was right. Damn. I never knew that chronic depression existed. Now I know this, there's not much I can say that I couldn't say before. I can't exactly change things and live a newfound life now because I know this. I always knew that I was something, but now I can now put a name on it. All I can do now is attribute the way that I act and feel sometimes to that.

How did that feel? I already had a bad day that day, so me knowing that, just made some tears fall from my eyes later on.

I have epiphanies often when I think of ideas to be creative about things, or think of new solutions I could solve with websites.

I was trying to write my 1st novel by extending a short story I wrote. The problem was that there was no material for me to use to extend it. Three years later after writing the short story, I decided to try again. I hoped that by trying it later, I would be able to do it. I then had a think of how to write Chapter 2. Instead of thinking about what happens next, why don't I instead get all the hooks that I've got, and see what I can do with that, and make new ones? Some chapters took 5-8 hours to write, but the novel literally wrote itself. I never got stuck since I had that epiphany. My second problem was that beginning chapters consist of a boring day. As my novel can't fast forward and is meant to document all events over 10 days, I couldn't skip the boring chapters. I decided to rotate the conversation between a funny lol, slack sad, and shocking wtf moment. This gave the characters depth.
How did that feel? I was too busy writing all day and continuing to think hard for 12 hours all day to feel enlightened by something I had thought hours ago while I was still thinking hard. I just wanted to continue writing.

I made up a GPT website which doesn't ask its users for any money, where I gave away $8.17 of my own money to 5 people, and made revenue of $25, leaving me a profit of $16.83. The fact that I made that profit even though none of my members chose to complete offers, and just view my own webpages that I paid them to do, make it more exciting and amazing for me. I had created a system where I profit from giving money to poverty stricken teenagers who aren't asked to part with their money. I was so amazed and astounded by this, and I still am today. It felt like I was printing my own money when I ran the service. It was the slot machine that always gave cherries. I wrote a blog post about that called Helping Romania.

How did that feel? Amazing that I had made a system that works. Exciting that I had no idea how the experiment would turn out. Great that I was making money. Valued as I had become a saviour for people.
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