“WORRY IS A small, sweet word that sounds like you could keep an eye on it. Yet worry about the future – the next ten minutes, the next ten years – is the chief obstacle I have to being able to live in and appreciate the present moment.” -Matt Haig. “Notes on a Nervous Planet.”
“Have no fear of perfection - you’ll never reach it” - Salvador Dali.
“A beautiful stage undoubtedly; an empty stage unfortunately.” Sports in the era COVID and its multiple variants.
Greetings, Boomer-age employers: Please do not request something at ten-to-five on Friday and expect completion at 8AM Monday if your company does not work on weekends. ‘Freelance’ does not mean that the person will work on weekends if your company does not.
I hate those days where yesterday’s version of myself hasn’t taken the future version into account.
As my children grow older, I feel dread; I don’t want them to leave. Should we try to have more children to fill the void, or should I accept the reality?
I recently turned 40 and my eyes are giving in. If my body was a consumer product, I would have requested a refund. Were Apple to design humans, this would have been a better experience!
We are nothing but animals unable to control our urges. I can’t, no matter how hard I try, overcome spur-of-the-moment impulses. Recently I’ve invested in a lockbox with a timer lock to control my inner lizard. I suspect said lizard is about to order an axe to gain entry.
Say it with me: you don’t need to get up at 5 am to be successful.
Night after night - often when it’s already past 2 AM - I find myself feverishly going into ‘just one more’ mode. Whether it’s reading just one more blog post, making one more change to a side project, or watching people catching tuna. It feels like there simply isn’t enough hours in a day to achieve everything I want.
I opted to put my big-boy shoes on today, buying the cold meat brand that is 85% cheaper than my regular brand. You know: The one with the bland, unappealing, no-name packaging. I reasoned that should I not like it, at least the dogs would. To my surprise, it was better than the more expensive brand. What’s in it I’d rather not dwell on.
Am I the only one who gets stressed out by LinkdIn’s emails nudging me to ‘Congratulate so-and-so on their career progression’? Although I’m happy in my current role, these emails make me feel like I’m underachieving by not climbing the ladder as frequently as some.
Almost no one I’ve spoke with fully understands
A fresh start can be whenever you’re ready.
“If no one will hire me, then I’m just gonna hire myself.”
It’s time for one of the most anticipated Rugby Union international test matches of the year. The stadium capicity does not mean anything as it’s played in front of no spectators, but let’s hope for a spectacle.
The much underrated chicken wing is, when compared to the glorious beef steak, a solid choice when you just have an airfrier and a limited budget. Heck, unless you have an expert behind the grill, the choock wing is always a solid choice.
“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.” - Robert A. Heinlein
I love South Africa: The food. The culture. The people. If it wasn’t for the crime, the hate and the inflammatory politicians I’d be living there right now. For the sake of my children, I find myself in Australia at present, but I have to admit: I miss Africa every single day.
Our sense of control over the world around us is a prime example of what psychologist Bertrand Russell dubs the “illusion of control,” and it’s a common, almost universal, human trait. People are wired to believe they have some limited control over their lives and the world around them. It turns out a great many of the choices we make in our lives are illusory.