This morning I came across this John Burroughs quote, and it really stuck with me: “The secret of happiness is something to do.”
I really believe this.
You don’t become happy by freeing yourself of responsibilities. Everyone needs a purpose in life, and doing nothing is the quickest way to lose sight of that.
I love progress. I love doing. I have a very low tolerance for stagnation.
When I keep myself busy with things that matter to me, happiness is my default state.
Genuinely sad to learn that the legendary physicist Stephen Hawking has died at age 76. His work helped shape our understanding of concepts like black holes and relativity, and he inspired millions to embrace their curiosity and ask questions about the cosmos.
It surprises me how disinterested we are today about things like physics, space, the universe and philosophy of our existence, our purpose, our final destination. It’s a crazy world out there. Be curious.
The basic premise of Mark Manson’s The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck:
Look, this is how it works. You’re going to die one day. I know that’s kind of obvious, but I just wanted to remind you in case you’d forgotten. You and everyone you know are going to be dead soon. And in the short amount of time between here and there, you have a limited amount of fucks to give. Very few, in fact. And if you go around giving a fuck about everything and everyone without conscious thought or choice—well, then you’re going to get fucked.
Very much worth a read.