These past few years, I’ve become aware of a problem that affects every area of my life — as well as how important it is to not let that problem stunt me.
That problem is, of course, that it’s harder to get started on something than it is to finish it.
This is true when it comes to my morning workouts. …
If you’re anything like me, you’ve racked yourself endlessly over the question of how to go about navigating a social media scene that seems as if it’s lost its marbles.
You know deep down that judging people to be Hitler-like villains or Theresa-like saints on the basis of how well they’ve managed to self-censor themselves — or say the “right,” performative things — is insane.
Let me say that again.
Likewise, you might be feeling as if it’s equally insane to completely define yourself as the opposition to insane people, which necessitates that you take on, defend, and…
Science investigates; religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge, which is power; religion gives man wisdom, which is control. Science deals mainly with facts; religion deals mainly with values. The two are not rivals.
— Martin Luther King Jr.
A few years ago, I would have disagreed with Martin Luther King Jr. on this topic. I was strongly opposed to any and all forms of religion, and I thought that I’d be a member of the Richard Dawkins school of Atheism until the end of my days.
I scoffed at the notion that something as seemingly irrational as religion could be…
Overthinkers are creative minds that aren’t expressing themselves enough.
— Naval Ravikant
A few years ago, I’d sit in my car during an Uber shift feeling frustrated to the point where I thought my head would explode.
I had just dropped out of grad school because I couldn’t afford it and — more painful to admit — I couldn’t mentally handle it.
I was at my limit.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Like Bilbo Baggins, I felt like “butter spread over too much bread.”
While thinking about the debts I had accrued during my time in…
As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light of meaning in the darkness of mere being.
— Carl Gustav Jung
The whole cosmos is, quite literally, falling one way or another. That’s what makes existence truly weird.
Massive spacetime objects fall around each other along elegantly elliptical paths. And these objects have danced this dance for billions of years and will dance it for billions more, long after you and I — and indeed even the solar system we inhabit — has returned to dust.
That’s a lot to take in.
Most of the advice you will read about writing on Medium will boil down to one essential tip: provide value for the reader in terms of entertaining them, giving them information that can improve their lives, or what have you.
That’s great advice, and I’ve often tried to put it into practice in my writing.
But no matter how hard I try, I can’t ditch the feeling that I’m writing first and foremost for myself.
Don’t get me wrong, dear reader. I want you to enjoy the things I write, and I do want to share information that’s helped me…
My time in the Star Wars fandom taught me a valuable lesson, which is that people hardly ever move beyond like/dislike judgments when it comes to critiquing art.
This is a shame because art has so much more to offer us when we begin to view it not with the goal of immediately liking or disliking it, but with the aim of trying to understand how it makes us feel — and then putting those feelings into words.
Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi is a critical example of what I mean.
The film “polarized” the Star Wars fandom.
There was a piece I read years ago where the author poses questions that I still grapple with to this day. I couldn’t help but the author for having the courage to admit what many wouldn’t — that they actually want a mediocre life.
What if I all I want is a small, slow, simple life? What if I am most happy in the space of in between. Where calm lives. What if I am mediocre and choose to be at peace with that?
Before I attempt to sell you on the idea that mediocrity is the path to happiness…
“The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.” — Joseph Campbell