Month: November 2017

Declutter

I have been in a decluttering state of mind for the last few weeks. I’m not sure what happened exactly, but I could almost physically feel the weight of all the useless stuff in my life, and it’s been driving me mad. I needed to clear my space to get rid of the oppressing feeling, both physically and mentally. To be fair to myself, I’ve never been a hoarder so it’s not like I have heaps of stuff lying around and collecting dust, it’s just in the back of my mind I am always aware of how many things around me have no purpose. For whatever reason I bought them – and most likely, the only reason was an impulse – I don’t use them, and they don’t bring me joy. Luckily, unlike many people, I have no trouble throwing or giving unwanted things away, and I dismiss all the ‘maybe one day it’ll be useful/fashionable/interesting to me again’ thoughts. The same rule goes for – gasp! – presents. I do not keep useless presents, however …

Mistakes I am proud of

Ask anyone about what makes them the proudest about their lives, and you’ll hear all kinds of answers about success and achievements: having a degree from a prestigious university, getting a promotion, winning an award, making enough money to buy something big, running a marathon in under 4 hours, sending their children to a great school, and so on and so forth. But no one will ever talk about their mistakes that they are proud of. Wait. What? Proud of mistakes? Mistakes are something to be ashamed and discreet about because they mean you failed and why would anyone be proud of their failures? Because they mst often achieve and succeed exactly because of their mistakes and failures. If you’ve never failed in life, you’ve never challenged yourself to be someone better and do something bigger. No one just stood up and walked, everyone tried for months before they mastered the balance of standing on their feet. No one made it through school without struggling with difficult subjects. No one sent a rocket into space …