The Bad Day Guilt

The Bad Day Guilt

Long-term wellbeing isn’t that hard to figure out. Exercise to stay in shape. Eat healthy food to feel better. Meditate to calm your thoughts, and journal to bring order to your mind. Avoid alcohol and tobacco to live longer. Stay hydrated. Save money by learning how...
The Pin and The Rubber Band of Happiness

The Pin and The Rubber Band of Happiness

What if I told you that the human pursuit of happiness is absolutely futile? That how happy or unhappy you are right now is dictated not by some objective measure, but rather the result of brain chemistry dictated by your genes? That evolution saw it fit to make us...
Fishing for a Glimpse of Meaning

Fishing for a Glimpse of Meaning

In real life, the grand chain of events goes more or less like this: And then, and then, and then. Though our experience of time is linear, the story of our life tends to be anything but. It is, instead, made up of lots of unrelated points. In storytelling, on the...
The Four-Year Concert

The Four-Year Concert

Picture a stage. In the limelight, a podgy child—black suit, red tie, blond hair—sits on a stool in front of a rare white Steinway grand piano. For the past four hours, the child has done nothing but struck the rickety D2 key, loosening it further with each keystroke....
Learn How to Finish and When to Move On

Learn How to Finish and When to Move On

“Learn how to finish” is among the best pieces of advice anyone can give you, right next to, “Done is better than perfect.” A realized prototype full of flaws is ten times better than a flawless concept endlessly debated. Only when you can see something tangible can...
Speaking the Lost Vocabulary of Hardship

Speaking the Lost Vocabulary of Hardship

Cancer is no flu. It can kill you. No matter how obvious that sounds, the moment it becomes about you or someone dear to you, the trivial truth becomes taboo. Why though? There’s nothing unnatural or inherently evil about cancer and death. Yes, it tends to derail your...
A Work In Progress is the Death of an Idea

A Work In Progress is the Death of an Idea

I started collecting my ideas when I was about fourteen. Back then, I had enough energy to think that if I didn’t write something down, I might forget it. This was important because The Plan was to make everything happen.  So, I collected ideas for books,...
Mailman Running

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