Everything’s Against You

Can I ask for a moment of your time? You are a passerby on the street, perhaps a distant acquaintance, or maybe even a longtime friend. Here I am, asking for 10 minutes out of your day to discuss how much of a miracle we all are. If we seriously consider what it means to exist, despite, I believe many of our worries will simply be shed off of our souls. Despite the hell we've walked through, despite the knife death sometimes holds at our throats, despite what is essentially everything around us always trying to set us back.

We Don’t Know What We Don’t Know

Today marks exactly 11 months since I wrote "The Right Diagnosis", a piece where I documented the issues with having a diagnosis without a suitable treatment. Again and again, I learn that a diagnosis, although medically relevant, has no significant bearing on one's life whatsoever. A diagnosis does not necessarily breed action, nor does it… Continue reading We Don’t Know What We Don’t Know

The Right Diagnosis

When I bring my car into the shop and my headlight's broken, my side view mirror swivels a cool 180 degrees on its own, the tires need rotating, and my oil needs changing, I don't need my technician to sit me down and say, "well your headlights need replacing." Correct, I can't see at night.… Continue reading The Right Diagnosis

Back to the Surface

When I say my apartment is a prison cell, I'm not exaggerating. It isn't just the self-isolation. It's the fear of leaving my home as the number of cases climbs daily in St. Louis. It's the fear I might be responsible for giving a neighbor or a loved one a potentially lethal illness. It's the… Continue reading Back to the Surface

Good Bean Juice

I like coffee. I know, so quirky and relatable, definitely not like the other guys that don't like coffee. But seriously, I am absolutely in the denial phase of addiction. It's one of the things keeping me going -- the morning ritual of making a cup for myself every morning and the feeling of focus… Continue reading Good Bean Juice

Strange Times

I spent my spring break in Canada.

I know, terrible time to travel, but at the same time, hindsight is 2020. I'll take this as a learning opportunity for the next pandemic -- when people are even whispering about a supervirus, don't book anything.

Harder Ways: Running Away

read first: Harder Ways: Introduction first, a conclusion This essay is the final installment in the series "Harder Ways", the trilogy I began about a month ago with the central theme revolving around being intentional with your life. Even though you might opt for a more difficult one, exchanging effort and hard work rewards you with… Continue reading Harder Ways: Running Away

Harder Ways: How to Buy Your Happiness

read first: Harder Ways: Introduction retail therapy This previous Sunday, as I was watching the Super Bowl amidst 30 screeching fraternity brothers, I came across a Snapchat story from a company called Nifty with the feature title of "33 Affordable Little Products That Will Make You So Much Happier." Reading through the overly-long list of items,… Continue reading Harder Ways: How to Buy Your Happiness

sus·te·nance

some insight Whenever I tell people about my blog, I usually get a response like, "Oh, what's it about?", "What do you write about?", or "Get away from me." To be honest, I haven't really formulated a way of putting the meaning or purpose behind my writing into a short explanation. I always end up thinking… Continue reading sus·te·nance