I kind of wish that the idea that you can just be was a little more mainstream.

Like, having drive and ambition is great. But it gets drilled in kids’ heads that there is some pressure to constantly be looking for the next move up, to be bigger than life. It wears you down to never be satisfied.

Not everyone is destined for greatness. It just doesn’t suit some people.

There’s nothing wrong with having a quiet life, making enough to get by, having a small apartment where you’re comfortable, and just living. You don’t have to constantly be looking to go onward and upwards. Sometimes the best thing you can do for yourself is to just be.

last month I sensitized myself to the sound of soda cans opening and now I want to strangle anyone who opens a damn can of anything

what I thought my new role was: continued refinement of my previous role, with a particular focus on design
what my new role actually is: explaining what I do to people with an extra zero on their paycheck