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On Seeking Validation (It’s Not About You)

October 28th, 2014

It’s a very common piece of advice. Don’t worry what other people think. Just keep doing what you want to do and what you think is right and everything will work itself out in the end. People that provide you with this little nugget of wisdom surely mean well, but just like assuming that the […]

Sunday Snippet: Happy Birthday Edition

October 26th, 2014

“I intend to live forever. So far, so good.” Today is my birthday and I am now firmly ensconced in my 30s. I’m not really sure how I feel about that, as it seems like I’m too old to be “young” and too young to be considered “old.” I suppose it’s all a matter of […]

The Greatest Feeling in the World Is Not Accomplishment

October 23rd, 2014

We could talk all day about the true meaning of life and, at the end of the day, we could just as easily be right back where we started. Instead, most of us would likely agree that we share the common goal of happiness. It’s a terrific feeling, but it is inherently far too vague […]

Sunday Snippet: Colin Grant

October 19th, 2014

“And the old adage that with age comes wisdom is not true. With age comes the veneer of respectability and a veneer of uncomfortable truths.” We all like to think that we get a little bit wiser with each passing day. We like to think that we learn from experience, gaining those extra touches of […]

Personal Interests I’d Like to Explore Further

October 14th, 2014

Life is incredibly short and that’s a big reason why you’ve always been told to “do what you love.” Unfortunately, life circumstances being what they are, I’d say a good number of people are “stuck” in careers that they despise. And even when you do have a job that you love, you’re going to encounter […]

Why “Live Life for Yourself” No Longer Applies

October 6th, 2014

Hang around Facebook or Pinterest long enough and you’re bound to see them: life-affirming quotes about how you don’t have any responsibility to anyone else but you. They’ll say you should never allow yourself to be defined by someone else’s opinion. They’ll say you should forget about what other people want from you and focus […]

Sunday Snippet: Carl Jung (1875-1961)

October 5th, 2014

“The shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no recipe for living that suits all cases.” Relative to a number of “hard” sciences, psychology as a social science is still in its relative infancy. Sure, philosophers may have pondered about the inner workings of the mind for centuries, but it is really only […]

Sunday Snippet: J.R.R. Tolkien (1892-1973)

September 28th, 2014

“How do you pick up the threads of an old life? How do you go on, when in your heart, you begin to understand, there is no going back? There are some things that time cannot mend. Some hurts that go too deep…that have taken hold.” Those words were uttered by Bilbo Baggins in the […]