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“31” by Leon Chan

A little late on the update from last week, but it’s better later than never, right? There’s a bunch of pretty insightful links in this update. My favorite of the bunch is the short podcast from On Being. It’s a quick reminder to examine your own mind and not be so hard on yourself.

What I’ve Read:

3.1 Lessons Learned on the Way to 31 | Thought Catalog – The title seems like total click bait but I read and respect the author, Ryan Holiday, so I looked past it. I also just turned 31, so I thought this piece was especially relevant. The lesson that hit home the hardest was, “It Always Takes Longer Than You Want Or Think.” I’ve always prided myself as someone who is persistent and tries his hardest to get what he wants. But recently, I’ve learned to let go of things that are out of my control. To be patient and, to quote Mary Oliver (again), “let things take the times they take.”

Bluets: Maggie Nelson on the Color Blue as a Lens on Memory, Loneliness, and the Paradoxes of Love | Brian Pickings – In typical Mary Popova fashion, she pulls excerpts from a book while reflecting and connecting thoughts to other authors and ideas. From the samples provided in the piece, this books meditates on the feelings of love through the color blue. The paragraph that really stuck with me is where Maria contemplates where does the love go when time has passed and feelings fade. After much thought, my answer would that it goes back to where it first came from, whether that be nature, the universe, or some other divine source. Because where do those intense feelings of love and passion come from in the first place?

What I’ve Heard:

Living the Questions: How can we embrace vulnerability in ourselves and our culture? | On Being – Krista Tippett has started a new segment called Living the Question within On Being. In this series, Krista answers questions from the viewers that deal with the spirit in every day life. The episodes are pretty short, each one is around ten minutes long. In this episode, she gets asked how we embrace our vulnerabilities. As expected from Krista Tippett, her answer is very profound. She says to acknowledge the feelings that vulnerability bring up. Then to give yourself grace and acceptance for those feelings and ask why do you feel that way. This response reminds me of the self awareness onion from The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson.

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Love Letter to Maria

One site I sorely missed while on my media fast was Brain Pickings. Brain Pickings, ran by Maria Popova, is a collection of philosophy, literature, science, art, and culture. Maria strives to answer the question, “what is a life well lived?” through her curated posts. It provides insight into life’s tougher inquiries and has influenced my writing and worldview. So this week’s links are dedicated to Ms. Popova.

What I’ve Read:

What Do You Do When the Internet Hates You? – Elle | Dani Shaprio, author and memoirist, pens this engrossing article about Internet trolls, haters, insecurity, and writing. She blends in her personal story and a wonderful adaptation to the idiom “not your cup of tea” to drive her point home. Her riff on insecurities hits home as I often fill my head with worry.

The Workhorse and the Butterfly – Brain Pickings | Maria Popova takes excerpts from This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett to highlight the importance of work in creating art. The article brings to mind the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight this past weekend and the emphasis placed on the money made from just one night. The news outlets miss the point that these two boxers have spent countless hours away from the cameras training for the fight of the century.