Some Lessons I Learned in 2013

  • Life isn’t a story.
  • A lot of things don’t need to be intellectualized: “because I want to” is often a good enough reason.
  • Empathy is first an act of imagination.
  • Don’t take business advice from people with bad personal lives.
  • There are two ways to look at your life: what happened to you or what you did.
  • Resources don’t replace will.
  • Lazy trumps smart.
  • Everybody wants to give advice and no one wants to take it.
  • We only deserve what we can take care of.
  • Clearly labeling other people’s petty grievances as bullshit is a fast track to well-being and fewer complaints of your own.
  • Money is circulated. Time is spent.
  • You can punch back.
  • Social media gets less annoying if you’re willing to say to people, “Who the hell do you think you are?”
  • Pain is unavoidable. Suffering is optional.
  • Who you are has more to do with how you act and what you love than what you have or say.
  • It’s more complicated than that.
  • Everything good I have came from honesty, good intentions, and low expectations.
  • Stick with the attentive ones.
  • Find a way to forgive your mistakes.
  • You’ll never know enough. Oh well.
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