The Buffer Effect of Having a Life Purpose

Depression. Addiction. Bad relationships. Persistent dissatisfaction. Those are just a few of the ways that we suffer from lacking direction in life. We lack direction when we haven’t carefully constructed our life purpose. Without a purpose—without an impetus to push forward—we fall prey to all sorts of menial distractions. We fall into the lower levelsContinue reading “The Buffer Effect of Having a Life Purpose”

Don’t fight your battles; transcend them (Who is Bobby, and why does he hate me?)

All of this year, I have struggled. And perhaps I’d argue that I’ve struggled my whole life—struggled incessantly to keep my bobby pins in one place. Somehow, despite my best organizational efforts, the pins are everywhere except where I need them to be. I find them on the stairs, in the sink, on my carpet,Continue reading “Don’t fight your battles; transcend them (Who is Bobby, and why does he hate me?)”

Level up: your life demands it

Sometimes life gives you no option but to level up. Level up: advance one’s character to the next level of development; to progress to the next level. The truth is, sometimes we’re not good enough. We can’t meet the demands of a new phase of life. It’s a tough pill to swallow—sometimes we are theContinue reading “Level up: your life demands it”

Happiness isn’t what you truly want (and what you’re really searching for)

Life happens in the mind. Wouldn’t it be fabulous if objective circumstances completely dictated our level of happiness, independent of our interpretation? If that were the case, the vast majority of people in developed countries would have no reason to be unhappy or unsatisfied, because comparatively, we are in the 1%. We wake up toContinue reading “Happiness isn’t what you truly want (and what you’re really searching for)”

An alternative to apathy

It’s easy to feel defeated. To crumble under the pressure of the world. It’s easy to ask, “Why me?” “Why bother with any of it at all?” It’s hard to mobilize your inner reserves of strength. It’s hard to overcome the inertia of apathy. But what other option is there? If you have committed toContinue reading “An alternative to apathy”