Now that I’m (mostly) successfully managing my anxiety, everything should be great forever… right?! Well, no. Obviously life isn’t magically perfect. (Though of course “less anxiety” is a huge improvement!) This is fine. I never expected perfection. But something else I didn’t expect was that managing anxiety better could itself cause problems.
I’m fond of planning. I’m a Plan Fan, a man who can plan. I plan, er… Inner critic: Hello reader. If you don’t respect anyone who can’t think of more than three rhymes for “plan”, you might like to turn away now. Anyway. I like looking ahead, you might say. But if I get too […]
[post status: a quick, experimental, half-formed thought] You know how when you feel something in your body, and you’re not quite sure what it is?
We’ve Got The Whole World (In Our Heads), We’ve Got The Whole Wide World (In Our Heads), We’ve Got The Whole World (In Our Heads), We’ve Got The Whole World In Our Heads. This homage to an old hymn gets weird rapidly after verse one, so let’s end it there. Question: Is the whole world […]
Minds May Say… When things go wrong, my life is not worth living… If I don’t get a degree, my life is not worth living. If I don’t have a partner, my life is not worth living. If I fail at work, my life is not worth living. If I spend an evening alone while […]
Just a short post today, following on from the idea that it’s useful to see ourselves as separate from our thoughts. How can we know that we are separate from our thoughts? What does it even mean to not be your thoughts?
One day at school we had one of those special days when we abandoned normal lessons and had someone else take over. I guess the justification was to broaden our minds, but, looking back, it was probably a handy excuse for our regular teachers to catch up on marking and planning while we were handed […]
So, last time, I claimed that truth is important. In fact, I argued that truth is crucial, and that anything less than the truth is lies, and that not being in tune with reality is disastrous for us and our happiness. Today I’m going to argue the opposite…
One night at university, my friends and I came up with a game. Each of us would tell one lie, and whoever convinced the most people to believe it would win.
I forget what lie everybody else told. But mine went on to become legendary. It was this…
There once was a virus who fell in love with its host. It drifted around in their bloodstream, dreamily content with its lot in life. Every moment was a joy. It was physically joined with its true love, and it had never wanted anything more. One day, after a spate of joyous multiplying, the virus […]