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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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