Can I Be Happy with my Mediocre Life?

Hello! I’m of average height. My clothing is generally unremarkable. My ability to carry objects is middling.

… yeah, I realize this is an unusual way to greet you. I do that sometimes. So I suppose not everything about me is average.

But, statistically speaking, I have to admit that I am…

How to Let Go of an Old Life, or Neil Hughes and the Fiery Death of the Phoenix

Readers of How To Be Everything—Emilie Wapnicks’s guidebook to life—will be familiar with the Phoenix Approach, which describes how people occasionally reinvent themselves like the legendary phoenix rising from its own ashes.

This sounds exciting—and it is. But it turns out burning up and rebirthing out of the remains can hurt.