Slow down and evolve

Evolution is one of those things I can imagine when I see the progression as a diagram, but I’ve often pondered its pace and cause.

I imagine it is similar to my own mental growth: a new thought pattern is prioritized, I pursue it actively in my mind, and eventually it becomes me. At least, that is how I would like to be.

When I return home from a particularly bright day, everything is near-black. I stare through the murky grays and slowly things I recognize come into focus. It happens slowly, as the fog of darkness lifts.

I am constantly experiencing a similar adjustment with my habits and self evolution. I adjust to new living situations, friends, projects, dreams, cricks, and so on, each becoming part of me and therefore invisible. Each day is colored by those previous, each thought colored by our experiences. Continue reading Slow down and evolve

Photos from Portugal

For work, I travelled to Portugal from the 11th to 18th of April.

I have always been bad about taking pictures on trips like this, mostly because I don’t want to miss the present moment fiddling with my phone.

When a view moves me, I want to be present with it. I want to let the light dance over my own retinas and to enjoy the bubbling feeling the moment creates inside of me.

Then I get home and I wish I had more photos.

For this trip, I tried to find a balance between the two.

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Is my future self sending me a message?

I stumbled upon this via Hacker News, while procrastinating writing:

Robert Hanks: On Putting Things Off

It gave me a strange feeling, like one of those moments where destiny could shift, or keep chugging along.  Where I could see through the kaleidoscope, through one set of reflections, something that I could become, or fight against, but will only be fueled by passivity. I want to twist the beads and see a different destiny, but there is something to be learned, something to be feared, about letting things settle.

And then somehow Winter Wonderland came onto my Spotify channel and I remembered it is Friday.

Moderation: Ghosts of a Vegetarian

I was vegan once.

For 13 months.

I think in veganism, there are three main reasons: health, animal rights, and the environment.

I remember feeling empowered by veganism.  People joke about you never have to ask if someone’s vegan because they will tell you. It is a broad generalization, but often true.

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Materialistic excuses and the daily joy of something lovely

I’ve been told I am a snob and an elitist many times, either about my taste in movies or the things I fill my house with. I like nice things.  To me, the joy they bring is worth the investment.

My father has this same love for quality and the satisfaction of using something that servers its purpose regularly, confidently, and for years on end.

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