Flirting With Nihilism

shouting into the void about the 21st century human condition

originally posted on my old host on August 9, 2018

Take a deep breath. A really, really big deep breath. Do you smell that? Do you recognize that sweet aroma infiltrating your nostrils?

It's football, baby. Sweaty, nasty football.

For most fanbases, this is the best time of the year. With nearly a full offseason behind them, fans have had plenty of time to delude themselves into thinking that their teams are better than they really are. Sure, the season can quickly become a dumpster fire once it starts, but right now, we're all equal. We're all 0-0, baby.

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originally posted on my old host on August 9, 2018

Dreams can be incredibly powerful things. They can give direction. They can be equally inspiring and motivating, keeping us holding on or moving forward during truly trying times. And then there’s the satisfaction that may accompany the fulfillment of our dreams. That euphoria, that rush. When you think about these aspects, it’s easy to see why we let our imaginations run wild.

But dreams can also be incredibly limiting. While we’re busy focusing on our desires, our dreams can keep us from seeing the opportunities lying right in front of us. They can distract us from all that is happening here and now. And if we don’t meet our dreams, there’s the possibility that we end up feeling like complete failures, regardless of whatever else we may have accomplished.

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originally posted on my old host on August 9, 2018

Recently, a tweet from Alexander D. Riddle led me to read his blog post on Medium: 5 Things No One Told Me About Running A Business. I enjoy reading such posts from time to time because there’s usually some little nugget of truth that isn’t being told nearly enough. My favorite nugget from this particular post comes from #3 Hard Work Does Not Equal Growth:

You can’t just be the hardest working, you also have the be the smartest working.

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originally posted on my old host on August 9, 2018

From time to time, someone will accuse me of having a morbid fascination with death. I’d argue that fascination is a bit inaccurate; my relationship with death is closer to a familiarity slowly working its way toward acceptance. Those who know me beyond the most superficial terms know that death and the resulting losses and grief have had a big influence on me over the last few years. In short, loss has opened my eyes to certain realities, has shaped so many of my views, and has changed the very essence of who I am.

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