Posted in Life, Salient Thoughts

If You’re Reading This…

… then I’m less of a coward than I was last year.

It’s my 24th birthday today, and trust me, my 23-year old self would not have found the courage to make this post. Maybe he would have written it, but it would never see the light of day.

I’m growing.

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Posted in Life, Thought Dump

Just Be Yourself

“Just be yourself.”

This is perhaps the vaguest advice to give anyone trying to fit in anywhere.
Why?
Because most people don’t know who they are.

They sure have this idea of who they think they are, but it’s not grounded on any intrinsic value or personal belief and principles. It is rather inherited from societal norms and widely accepted biases.
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Posted in Book Review, personal growth

Book Summary + Opinions: ‘The Obstacle Is The Way’ by Ryan Holiday

I actually wrote this last year after reading the book, but seeing Tim Ferriss recommend it again in his newsletter made me decide to share this:

The Obstacle Is The Way is a collection of stories and principles about Stoicism, a philosophy I stumbled upon last year and I’ve found very helpful, thanks to books like this and authors like Ryan Holiday who also wrote The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living.

So without further ado, let’s get into this.

Introduction

The Celts have a legend that says, just before a person is born they are allowed to choose every hardship that they would experience during their life time. Every challenge a person chooses is one they would be able to overcome and would push them to learn and grow but would not defeat them.

The Christians believe that they would never face any temptation they wouldn’t be able to bear and stand against, but that God would with every temptation provide a way of escape.

These two beliefs provide a fundamental way humans are supposed to view challenges and obstacles in their way in life. They are meant to give the believer a hope that transcends earthly power, a sense of control and domination over every challenge humans could possibly encounter.

The idea is so fundamental that it has over time pushed the necessary will and grit that we humans naturally possess to the surface when we need it. It tells us that something beyond us is in control, someone’s watching out for us and with whom we cannot fail, because they’ve got our back-be it God or ourselves. Continue reading “Book Summary + Opinions: ‘The Obstacle Is The Way’ by Ryan Holiday”

Posted in Scattered thoughts, Thought Dump

Give A Little Fuck

You’ve heard it a million times, but it doesn’t kick in until you experience it.

I mean, you could recite it if it were a poem. You could preach it like it’s the gospel–that you have to love what you do to get optimum satisfaction and outcome.

But then, after preaching, you go back to doing your shitty job everyday and hating every moment of it, wishing for a big break when you could do what you actually love and do it passionately, on your own terms. Continue reading “Give A Little Fuck”

Posted in Scattered thoughts

Less

I think I’ve grown more comfortable with having less than having more.

It’s probably a state of mind or a flawed mentality, but I don’t care very much.

Having more is a burden. My wants are much. Once my needs are satisfied, the wants start screaming for attention and sometimes the noise can be deafening and swooning, so that you just go with the flow to silence one want after the other until you are left with probably nothing. Continue reading “Less”