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Timehop

A while ago I decided to uninstall Timehop for the reason that one should not live in the past. Every clichéd list of life lessons mentions as an advice not to try to hold on to what’s gone by.

Recently, however, I thought better of it, because there’s another thing Timehop’s good for besides reliving memories. It’s amazing to realise how indifferent I became to most of the things that used to matter the world to me at the time. Looking back it’s funny to remember being all worked up on stuff that turned out to be picayune.

Consequently, it’d probably be smart to apply this experience to the present and just stop persistently brooding over whatever’s on my mind. In a year I’ll have a slew of other things to worry about anyway.

Who to trust

In his latest blog entry Scott Adams, the cartoonist who created Dilbert wrote a bit about how he ended up making cartoons fo a living. His synopsis reads:

In summary, the two opinions about your abilities that you should never trust are your own opinions, and the majority’s opinions. But if a handful of people who have a good track record of identifying talent think you have something, you just might.

I find this quite insightful, especially where he suggests people should be wary of trusting their own judgment. If anything, I can second that: I am my own worst enemy, a ruthless critique of everything I do, an aggregate of all the negative voices that whisper little discouragements, the judge analyzing my every move in retrospect.

I am yet to find a way to silence this part in me without utilizing excess amounts of alcohol.

Source: Agyvihar.