I was in tears moments before I walked onto the stage.
It was finally happening. Seven years in the making, my dream of dancing on one of the world’s most competitive stages was about to come true. More than a quarter of my life spent dancing in front of a mirror led up to this magical 5-minute blur.
Lights, bass, music, the miracle of movement, cheers, silence.
And then… reality.
One moment I lived out my dream, the next I experienced the arrival fallacy. It’s what happens when we climb up one mountain only to gaze at another peak. …
I used to lie to myself every day.
Each morning, I’d wake up and walk myself through a bunch of habits that promised to change my life. Meditate for 5 minutes? Check. Write down 3 things I’m grateful for? Coffee, books, and coffee. Check.
Then when my day truly started, I’d spend all my free time on my phone, and the little things at work would still make me angry. Yet, on Sunday, I’d look back at all those little checkmarks in my journal and pat myself on the back.
Doing those things and checking them off felt good, but…
My mom is an immigrant who worked hard to start a life here in Canada. She recently told me that all she wants to do is to move back to the place she worked so hard to leave.
Here’s something she confessed to me:
“I worked so hard all those years to make it here because I thought this place would make me happy, but I’ve only found that living here makes me more stressed.
There’s more things to pay for and everything’s harder.
I remember back home I could just take it easy and enjoy life day in and…
“How do we get people to want something they don’t need?”
This question is what birthed modern marketing, and it’s still the vital question every modern marketing campaign needs to answer to see success.
Yes, finding the answer to this question does come with a side-effect of queasiness in the bowels. It’s tough to face that question and feel good about it at the same time. But if your product has no roof, doesn’t come from a farm, or isn’t a new friend, it’s something we don’t need.
But we can’t just throw our hands up and jump off the…
Before I knew it, my face was in an airbag.
I was cruising home, vibing to good music, and soaking in the warm sunshine when the car in front of me attempted a U-turn. No signal. My state of being completely shifted in an instant.
You see, there’s a mysterious phenomenon that uses traumatic events to change people’s lives for the better. And as I shakily stepped out of my car, I fell deep into that interesting phenomenon. Up until then, I was a carefree kid who felt invincible. …
Happiness is only real when shared.
These were some of the last written words of a dying man. Christopher McCandless, someone who went on a solitary journey to the wilderness and died, seemed to have gone through a huge perspective shift in his last moments.
He left behind civilization because people tired him out. The meaningless rat race that everyone obsessed over annoyed him. So the solution to his struggle was to simply cut out people.
But in the end, he realized that people are what make the struggle worth it. …
“Because it’s a Tuesday”. Those four words saved hundreds of lives.
Those words were said to an angry teenager who was days away from shooting up his high school. His name was Aaron Stark, and you might’ve seen his viral TED talk.
To sum it up, Aaron was abused, neglected, and bullied his whole life. This pain led him to abuse others which contributed to a vicious cycle: his pain led him to abuse others, which led to just about everyone else cutting him off. He was the exact definition of someone we call toxic.
He was living in a…
There was a time in my life where I heard that advice being given to me quite often. After conjuring up a dream of mine and timidly sharing it with the people around me, those two words meant that I had my head stuck in the clouds.
Like the time I started crying because I realized the steep water slide was too scary, people around me said I had to come back down the shameful way. Of course, they gave me this advice out of love. …
There’s a lot of virtual talk being had about recognizing the shallow relationships in your life and how to properly cut them off.
But I say that’s ridiculous. One of my closest friends came from a shallow relationship that lasted years.
We treated each other as a means to end; we carpooled to dance practice together. We also both knew that it wasn’t a friendship that would last; once we stopped dancing, then we’d stop being friends. It got to the point where we took each other for granted, and the relationship became more harmful than helpful.
This went on…
Last summer, my friend put a picture of his overweight body on his phone’s background for motivation. By winter, he proudly deleted that photo after losing over 30lbs from the Keto diet.
He started the diet in November and by the end of January, he had reached his goal. The sad truth is that the diet was a quick-fix solution focused on what was on the outside, not what was on the inside.