July 11, 2013

1. When out of nowhere, now and again, you have a sense of pure, unadulterated happiness… usually for something mundane. When you get your favorite seat on the train and you sit there, sipping on your favorite iced coffee and staring out the window and just feel like all is right with the world… that, my friends, means you are doing something right.

2. When you can’t explain why you love something… you just do. That’s one of the best kinds of love: when someone asks you why and you don’t have any concrete reasons, you just feel it. Love is not logical like that, it is not a monster than can be sorted out through the mind. You’re onto something real when you’re naturally not doing that.

3. You are okay with the things that hurt and otherwise affected you the most in the past– actually, you’re grateful for them. You are seeing the story unfolding because you have gotten to the next page or chapter. When you can see in hindsight, it means you’re beyond it.

4. Unfortunately, if you are a commodity to be discussed among people, even if it isn’t in the ways you’d prefer, you’ve become something worth their time. Granted you should listen to the criticism and try to understand other perspectives and maybe work on your own mentality, but overall, having “haters” as they call them isn’t always a bad thing– it means you’re doing something that effects people profoundly.

5. When you start thinking a little less about yourself and a little more about what you do for other people. You’re beyond having to suffice for your own needs. You’ve taken care of yourself, and you’re onto the next most, if not equally most, important thing: what you can do for others.

6. You’re not as afraid as you used to be. You’ve seen the “worst possible scenarios” unfold and you’ve found your way out. Things seem less daunting now.

7. Even when you have a bad day, you have the ability to accept that some days will be like this, and that other days will be better… in other words, you’ve accepted the human condition.

8. You have a new respect for people who are older and wiser than you– the smartest people know that there is still a lot that they don’t know.

9. This is a big one, and it’s not to worry if you don’t experience this: but the feeling that you are doing what you are meant to be doing. I’m going to throw in a personal anecdote here, for the sake of example: even when I have a bad day, and I’m not thrilled with my writing, I’ve gotten some bad comments and I’m feeling down, I somehow manage to remind myself that I’m doing what I love most, I am trying my hardest, and tomorrow will be different. This kind of ideology really stems from following what some people would define as your “calling.”

10. Even if you don’t have a grasp on it yet, you at least know what you’re meant to do. You may be far from it, but you know what path you’d like to take. That’s more important than being there sometimes. To have direction and vision in your life is what will propel you forward, it is what you find when you’ve found yourself.


10 Ways You Know You’re Doing Something Right | Thought Catalog

July 7, 2013
"There are some things which cannot be learned quickly and time, which is all we have, must be paid heavily for their acquiring. They are the very simplest things and because it takes a man’s life to know them the little new that each man gets from life is very costly and the only heritage he has to leave."

Hemingway, who died on July 2, 1961, on writing, knowledge, and the dangers of ego. (via explore-blog)

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July 6, 2013
"The universe will not give to you, but it will react to what you do. You cannot simply sit back and wait for glorious and beautiful things to come upon you. You have to go out and initiate them. Wishing and wanting and hoping won’t get you farther than just having an idea of what you’d like. A goal without a plan that is being enacted is just another wish."

8 Inconvenient Truths That Will Change How You See Things | Thought Catalog (via anditslove)

July 6, 2013
"[The] average daydream is about fourteen seconds long and [we] have about two thousand of them per day. In other words, we spend about half of our waking hours — one-third of our lives on earth — spinning fantasies."

The Storytelling Animal – the science of how we came to live and breathe stories. (via explore-blog)

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July 5, 2013
"What you are capable of doing and creating because of who you are and where you are right now. These traits and circumstances of yours will never be exactly the same again. Much like love, you can either utilize them or let them pass you by. What you are capable of creating right now is something that you may never and will probably never be able to replicate. At this very second, your mind and heart are at a place in the journey that they will never return to. This “life” business is a constant evolution, and if you don’t pull art and love and writing and everything else that’s beautiful out of yourself it will simply pass and dissolve. But when you take it out, and write it down, or give it to someone else or express it in one way or another, it remains. And the residue of the dissolution doesn’t build into walls of closedness and darkness that too many of us know."

7 Things You May Be Letting Pass You By | Thought Catalog

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July 5, 2013

The understated beauty in the art of just being.

The way your body is functioning to keep you alive in tandem with the consciousness you experience, the thoughts you’re capable of having, the feelings that can overwhelm you, it’s like our whole lives are foreign travels and we’re only fooled into thinking we’re not around the corner from another new discovery.


7 Things You May Be Letting Pass You By | Thought Catalog

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April 25, 2013
"When the circumstances are against the odds, but something happens regardless, it’s fate. It’s another way of saying uncanny coincidences aren’t coincidences at all. Really consider the logic behind this idea. If the odds are against you and yet things repeatedly work out, there’s something else at work."

How You Know When Fate Is Slapping You In The Face | Thought Catalog

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January 28, 2013
"This is an era in which the creative landscape is in constant flux. The rules are being broken down, the gatekeepers are being replaced and displaced. Now is the time to make up your own rules."

Advice on Living the Creative Life from Neil Gaiman | Brain Pickings

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January 28, 2013

Truth from Goethe, from a 1931 educational catalog – a kind of vintage version of the Live Now spirit.
(Thanks, Eric.)


Truth from Goethe, from a 1931 educational catalog – a kind of vintage version of the Live Now spirit.

(Thanks, Eric.)

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January 27, 2013

Why do we put off doing the things we know will make us happy?

Sometimes it’s so easy to get looped into the boring life cycle of work-bills-sleep-eat-rinse-and-repeat that we forget we are supposed to be enjoying life, not acting like some cog in a machine.

Life is about potential, but to get there we have to get outside of what we already know. Taking the time to pursue your side interests is kind of like therapy, because you often discover a brand new side of yourself. It’s like whoa you have all these talents you didn’t even know were there. It’s a scary place to be, because it forces you to question if where you are in life is where you really want to be, and that’s one of the scariest questions you can ask yourself.


You Have To Follow Your Dreams | Thought Catalog

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January 26, 2013
"You may have heard of Parkinson’s Law. It is often used in reference to time usage: the more time you’ve been given to do something, the more time it will take you to do it. It’s amazing how much you can get done in twenty minutes if twenty minutes is all you have. But if you have all afternoon, it would probably take way longer."

Your Lifestyle Has Already Been Designed | Thought Catalog

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January 15, 2013
"[Jeff Bezos] said people who were right a lot of the time were people who often changed their minds. He doesn’t think consistency of thought is a particularly positive trait. It’s perfectly healthy — encouraged, even — to have an idea tomorrow that contradicted your idea today."

— Amazon founder Jeff Bezos visits 37signals and shares some wisdom, cautioning against the all-too-human fear of being wrong. (via explore-blog)

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January 14, 2013

I think my reader’s block is over (the one that ended my 2012 reading challenge at 4 wonderful books) so here’s to a 50 book challenge!

I’ve picked up A Game of Thrones again and so far:

  • I really like Sansa more now that I’ve read from her point of view
  • I applaud Tyrion
  • Poor Rob
  • The entire Stark clan deserves a hug

January 14, 2013
Excerpts from “It’s Not Just Porn — The Internet Itself Can Warp You Forever” by Matt Saccaro

Pieces that particularly stood out from this article:

"When you see that the wizard is just a man behind a curtain, you can never forget it. And those who love sausage should never see how it’s made.

That is to say, I finally saw the internet for what it was: A waste. A waste that was, for most people, hurtful and damaging. It was just a bad, terrible thing, for the most part. Yes, financially it was a boon to the world but emotionally it was terrifying.”

"Yet when I talk with these online people, no matter how jovial the conversation is and how long it goes on for, I am still sitting by myself at a desk in a dimly-lit room, surrounded by empty cups and scattered books. I am alone, and the internet made me that way.

I tell these things to my “RL” friends and they laugh. “Hey, man. Don’t you know that shit is fake?” It’s more real than they know… but at the same time it’s not. At the same time they’re right, it is fake.”

"People overshare, they give information to criminals who are looking to rob them, they have emotional breakdowns, they act passive aggressively, they stalk, they ignore, they get jealous, and so on.

Before the internet, you’d graduate from college, get a job, establish and/or maintain a real-life social network, and then just live your life. Now, it’s a constant maelstrom of bullshit. Get friends, get followers, get people watching on Pinterest. Share, share, share, talk, talk, talk, ugh, Ugh, UGH.”

"The emotional strife brought on by AIM is the buzzing of flies compared to that brought on by Facebook and the entirety of the internet. It has its roots in forcing people to confront nigh-endless amounts of failure: Humanity’s failures, their country’s failures, their state/province’s failures, the failures of their belief system, and, most hurtfully, their own failures.

Every day people see depressing news stories (and even more depressing arguments in the comments responding to those news stories) that make them question civilization, society, and humanity.

Every day people see their love interest uploading pics of the date he/she just went on with their significant other and it burns. It hurts the soul. “Why not me?”, they ask.

Every day people see successful people on the internet. Coding gurus, 26-year-old authors, MIT prodigies, and the like. It hurts the soul. “Why not me?”, they ask.

In the pre-internet age people weren’t slapped in the face with such things. They didn’t have to encounter so much emotionally damaging content on a daily basis. Now they do. The ineffaceable successes of others are constantly shoved down their throats. They’re forced to cope with their own failure, their own shameful unimportance.”

"The internet subverted what little sense I had and made me obsessed with Facebook likes and Twitter favorites. But the more of these things I earned, the more I realized how worthless they were."

"In previous eras, man wasn’t confronted with the enormity of his generation’s works and deeds. Now modern man is faced with this on a minute-by-minute basis as his smartphone or tablet updates itself."

The article itself is a bit pessimistic but I think once you’re aware of these effects of the internet, you’ve already gotten out and can now work towards improving your actual life. I’ve been thinking a lot about all this recently so this came at the right time.

November 25, 2012

Sometimes I think I’m absolutely crazy for even thinking about writing something I was planning on writing, so I stop.

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