When I started laying out the direction I wanted to go in 2018, one of the things I wanted to do better was read more. I’m constantly reading articles and opinions online, but I wanted to make a better effort at finishing more books this year. That’s a fairly standard goal of most people when starting the year. Most people, however, don’t lay out the books they want to tackle.
2017 flew by quickly with plenty of challenges. Life was spiralling out of control for me in November, and I had to find a way to stop it before I had a full mental breakdown. I had to slow things down and regain control so I could see more clearly what was happening.
The worst way to get people to meditate is to lecture them about it. My rule is that I only talk about meditation when asked.
The photoshoot really echoed the year Kylie had.
Nervous, excited, energetic, playful, and then wanting to retreat to relax.
I feel like I say this every year: it was an incredibly challenging year for me.
One of the best signs of that being the case was how often I heard the phrase, “Don’t let them use you.” At work and with my daughter, it continued to be brought up by different people. The one common thread was that I was too nice, gave in too easily, and allowed people to walk over me.
Hearing someone laugh at something you said is a wonderful feeling, and being able to laugh at something they said is even better. That’s where podcasts came into my life. They filled that void of good conversations with the added bonus of laughter.
Jason Kottke has this series he publishes now and then giving short reviews and recommendations of media he has consumed recently. He calls it his media diet. I think it’s a great idea— keep a rough record of things I have previously watched or read to refer to later on. There are a lot of things that I have watched/read this summer that I’d like to write more about, so consider this a jumping-off point for future idea posts.
In the Arctic summer, the sun shines even at midnight. So it was bright as the airship Italia approached the geographic North Pole, motoring at 3,000 feet above the endless pack ice. Below the ship, a thick bank of fog obscured the frozen Arctic Ocean, but up here the sky was blue, cloudless. A pair of officers used a sextant and the sun to measure the Italia’s position as they covered the final miles, and when they’d reached 90 degrees north, where the planet’s longitude lines converge at the pole, the helmsman began a slow, lazy circle around their goal. General Umberto Nobile, the airship’s commander, gave the order to dive under the fog, and soon the airmen could see the blank ice, fewer than 500 feet below them. They had made it.
Letting go of someone is always a challenge after experiencing a breakup. There is no easy solution to forget about how someone hurt you and forget all the memories you had created together. But it is something that is important to do in order to give a new person the opportunity to connect with you.
There is always a countermove, always an escape or a way through, so there is no reason to get worked up. No one said it would be easy and, of course, the stakes are high, but the path is there for those ready to take it.