“ Being the one in control of what moves me, what I feel obligated by, and what attachments I have to fleeting experiences is not an authority that I’m willing to concede to the arbitrary whims of an app on my mobile phone. ”
“ So sometimes the first thing I focus in is, like, a sale at West Elm, and sometimes it’s a stressful situation at work. But really, what emergency would be happening over email. So many fake emergencies! All it takes is one real emergency to remind you how many fake emergencies you have. ”
“ If you live by values, and respect yourself for doing so, you’ll begin projecting something people around you will notice. It’s the energy of not seeking external praise or validation, not glowing from a hundred likes on your latest Facebook post. It is, instead, looking only for validation from within. Are you living with integrity, according to your values, even if you’ve never shared them with anyone else? If you live or die by your values, letting them be a key gauge of success, the world starts unfolding in a beautiful way. You derive happiness from yourself. You’re more even throughout the day. ”
“ Growth is painful. Change is painful.But nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don’t belong. ”
“ It is a mockery of careerism made all the more salient by Brief’s residence in St Louis - where success, by definition, is supposed to be impossible. To “succeed”, one is supposed to leave a city like St Louis - a Middle-American city associated with poverty and crime. To “succeed” is to embody the definition of contemporary success: sanctioned, sanitised, solvent. ”
This article resonated with me in many ways, but the above passage resonated sharply. Growing up in South East Queensland, it was very clear in my mind that to achieve what I considered success, I had to leave and put myself as far away from my home town as I could. While I didn’t move as far as I could have, I bypassed the traditional trajectory to Brisbane. At the time I felt, truth be told, it was below me. That success, the success I thought I wanted, would never be found in “Brisbane”. It was where everyone moved after high school. Long story short, I moved to Sydney. The city ate me up and spat me out deflated and 3.5 years later I found myself in "Brisbane". But had I not been in "Brisbane"and frankly grown up a lot, I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to grasp the success I’d been looking for all along. Now, almost two years in to what I still maintain is the best job I’ve ever had, the success I thought I wanted those many years ago growing up in South East Queensland couldn’t be further from my notions of success now. In summary, sometimes I guess you don’t have to leave a city like St Louis, or Brisbane, or [insert your home town here] to “succeed” (but sometimes leaving, even briefly, gives you the insight you need to grow and to be almost contradictory to my own words, I’m a believer in leaving to grow, explore and discover).
“ People who believe in the cult of “superfoods”, of edible stuff that supposedly behaves like medicine, might as well believe that the Earth is held up by giant turtles. It’s an expression of narcissism through food, of picky eating habits poorly disguised by pseudo-science. If you want proof of how vacuous it all is, search the web for recipes for superfood pizza, peanut butter cookies and burgers. They’re all out there. When a burger can be denoted a superfood the game is definitely up. ”
Why I’m so bored with superfoods | Jay Rayner | Life and style | The Observer (via isay)