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It’s Okay If You Suck At This. Otherwise Called, “Permission to Suck.” Otherwise Called, “Longest Blog Post Title Ever Because Obnoxiously Long Blog Post Titles Are Funny.”

In: Feeling Dead and Uninspired

It's okay if…you're drowning in self-doubt.

It's okay if…you don't know where to start.

It's okay if…you started, but want to stop.

It's okay if…you sometimes mix up your priorities.

It's okay if…you didn't say the right thing.

It's okay if…you really fucked up the first time around.

It's okay if…you fucked up the second time around, too.

It's okay if…you're overwhelmed.

It's okay if…you get down on yourself.

It's okay if…you're worried everyone knows more than you.

It's okay if…you don't have enough self-confidence.

It's okay if…you're secretly afraid that people will laugh at you.

It's okay if…you question your own capabilities.

It's okay if…you spent all weekend doing nothing but watching movies.

It's okay if…you sometimes suck.

It's okay if…you sometimes really suck.

It's okay if…you haven't reached your potential yet.

It's okay if…you're not sure that you ever really will.

It's okay if…you sort of resent the people doing better than you.

It's okay if…you sometimes think they're full of it, too.

It's okay if…you didn't respond to that person's email.

It's okay if…you just don't fucking feel like it today.

It's okay if…you have no idea what to do next.

It's okay if…you do know what to do next…but still can't seem to make yourself.

It's okay if…you just couldn't find the time this week.

It's okay if…you don't want to do it the way they say you should.

None of it matters.

Because…

YOU ARE TRYING.

And as a matter of fact, you're doing a wonderful job.

Just thought you should know.

Sep 5

2012

Are You Going To Be Someone Who Does? Or Doesn’t? (Warning: Contains Least Amount of Swear Words Ever Written On TMF)

Sep 5, 2012

It’s 5am. I’m checking out of my hotel in Buenos Aires, and I’m hoping the $80 eye cream I bought is ACTUALLY HELPING ME NOT LOOK LIKE I JUST CRAWLED OUT FROM UNDER A MOSSY, EARTH-STENCHING, FUNGI-COVERED ROCK. Mostly because I knew Andrés would be checking me out–hopefully in more ways than one. Andrés isn’t actually his name, as […]

In: Feeling Dead and Uninspired

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Jun 9

2017

The World Isn’t Your Mommy

Jun 9, 2017

You know what’s crazy? There’s not actually a team of people assigned to your life, sitting around monitoring your blood work, and your bank accounts, and the health of your relationships, jotting down notes, circling areas of concern. There’s no supervisor. No one checking your progress. No one setting quarterly reviews. As a result, we […]

In: Feeling Dead and Uninspired, Feeling Disillusioned With Life

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May 11

2010

2 Minute Guide to Reclaiming Your Life

May 11, 2010

If you clicked on this post, you either: a) Need to get a grip. b) Want to reclaim your life. c) Have no time to do either. d) Googled “mating habits of porcupines” and this just came up. e) You read everything I write because you’re secretly plotting my demise. With the exception of letter […]

In: Feeling Dead and Uninspired

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Apr 17

2017

Change Is Fucking Messy (Thank God)

Apr 17, 2017

Change is fucking messy. You’re effectively molding yourself, and re-molding yourself, the way a sculptor would a piece of clay. And yet, nobody says to the sculptor: Shame on you, butter fingers, for not having it perfect the first spin. Rather, there’s an expectation of process. Of trial, of error, of slow transformation; of forming, […]

In: Feeling Dead and Uninspired

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Oct 22

2013

You Think The Stakes Are High Now? Please.

Oct 22, 2013

I wonder about people. Specifically about the 50-something woman speaking softly at the table next to me, telling another woman how she desperately wants to go abroad—because, verbatim, it would be the opportunity of a lifetime—but… And her words trail off. JUST LIKE HER DREAMS. Kidding. Dramatic doesn’t look good on me. But, really. What […]

In: Feeling Dead and Uninspired

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Feb 8

2019

I Hate Mantras, And YET—I Love This One for When You’re Kinda Sorta Shitting Your Pants

Feb 8, 2019

I have a mantra (despite wanting to slit my throat upon hearing the word “mantra.”) Are you ready? My mantra is this: WHO CARES HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT IT? GO ANYWAY. Which sounds really kinda wrong, right? We’re a culture based on f-e-e-e-e-e-e-l-i-n-g-s. But sometimes, you have to override the ones that I call false […]

In: Feeling Dead and Uninspired, Feeling Disillusioned With Life

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