There is a record that has played in my mind for as long as I can remember. It questions everything I have, have not, or should have done. Suddenly, in mid-life, the record is quieting.
It would pain me to begin this post with an overused sentiment (non-conforming is an elusive dream for me) so I’ll let the cake do it for me. Now, the truth. I am deeply proud of my 2020. This year, I lived an entire character arc. It’s very rare to accomplish something like that in such a neatly defined time period in real life, but I have done it. 2020
More often than not, by doing your thing—as opposed to what you think you ought to be doing—you kindle a fire that helps keep the rest of us warm. Oliver Burkeman said this. He was a columnist for the Guardian, and his final piece has several bits of life wisdom like that. (It also has a brief treatise on why we shouldn’t listen to celebrities because they likely pursued fame