Two mentors have forced me, thankfully, to reconsider what the fuck I’m doing (or, really, not doing enough of).
The pain felt when realizing someone only talks to you when they’re sad is quite specific. It comes on slowly, until, suddenly, you’re faced with weighty questions re: what is friendship, in the vein of Seneca (but with decidedly more estrogen).
“That’s life,” my dad said, referring to the dance of ups and downs that we all endure, adding the proper metaphor, “If you didn’t have hangovers, you’d want to be drunk all the time.” Some advice courtesy of my good old Dad, he of epic assertive(and-knowing-what-the-fuck-he-wants)ness.
I dare you to put your Netflix, Google deep diving, apps on apps on apps, etc. on the backburner and join me in getting as creatively weird as possible, off-screen, using the hands that your mommas and poppas so kindly gave you.
Trying to assign one lifestyle or worldview to an entire generation of people is bound to be faulty, but EliteDaily really wins the award for hitting the ball farthest out of the park. Actually, I’m not even sure they’re starting in the park—they’re somewhere far outside it, seemingly locked in the basements of their college frat house (a land where tales of Taylor Swift’s de-virginizer moonlight as worthwhile news).
“I love Sex and the City, but I think it fostered some unhealthy delusions about Manhattan—and journalism, for that matter.” In one of the best 20 SENSE features yet, I’m talking to my favorite new writing-and-life guru, Maura Kutner Walters, about what she learned throughout her twenties, where she gets inspiration, and how to make it as a freelancer.
When English teacher David McCullough, Jr. told a graduating high school class they they weren’t special, his speech went viral. I stumbled upon it again and was reminded of its brilliance, so wanted to share in case any of you missed it.
Say what you will about the internet, but sometimes, when it’s 2:33 AM and you can’t sleep, and all of your thoughts are a tangled, contradictory mess…you stumble upon a stranger’s writing and it THRILLS you.
Though I tend to write New Year’s Resolutions off as silly and futile, I’m taking a more positive approach this year and compiling my own set of aspirational life-hacks.