Up for grabs: your individuality

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“Don’t compromise yourself – you’re all you have” – John Grisham, The Rainmaker

When we go out for dinner, my mom will choose an item off the menu to order. But then, much to the waiters dismay, she’ll want to customize the shit out of it. I’m talking about substituting so many ingredients that she essentially creates her own dish. In the same way, we as humans, are pretty adamant on customizing the individual traits and beliefs that are a part of us. We seem to want to mold an entire new person out of ourselves. What we’re failing to realize is that we are human beings, not pad thai. Continue reading

Quit, God Damn It

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“By working faithfully eight hours a day you may eventually get to be boss and work twelve hours a day” – Robert Frost

People keep telling me that weathering shit in life will make me a stronger person. That getting dragged through the mud will eventually toughen me up. It’s a cliche as old as time, long before Kelly Clarkson sang it. But I’m not sure that the theory holds true. Continue reading