Life Hack for Getting Suddenly Awesome: Beware of Middle Age


From a story I’m working on:

“I didn’t have any profound thoughts while spending time alone this week. I must be numb. Or maybe I’m just getting old and, for lack of a better cliché, a little jaded.

I think this is the very beginning of middle age. I never thought it would happen to me.”

The speaker in this quote, Francie, is right to be worried.

Middle age happens to everyone who gets old enough.

And so does mediocrity.

And actually, that’s okay. Sort of. At some point, we all realize that we can’t do all the things and be all the things we used to want to do and be.

It’s just that some of us give up a little more thoroughly than others.

So, my happiness tip of the day: know what is okay to give up and what is not. Then hang on to the things that are not as tightly as you can.

Hopefully you’ll find that those are the things that will make you most happy in the end.


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“Player’s chatty style evokes a realism and empathy for the story. One is able to feel her pain.” – Anonymous 

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More Stuff to Read:

Some Spiritual Practices Actually Work. It’s Amazing.

There are hundreds of spiritual techniques for overcoming depression and increasing inner peace. Only one blog talks about whether or not they work. With ratings. (Take that, God.)

I Suspect Inner Peace Is Just a Myth. Here Are Interviews With People Who Disagree.

Some people are such show-offs. But that doesn’t mean they’re not worth listening to.

There’s a Book for That, Too

It’s a great time to get suddenly awesome. So many teachers. So many books.

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