Thinking, Fast and Slow // If all your photos and videos will be destroyed after a vacation and you will forget all your memories from it, would you still go? This is one of the questions that was posed to me in Daniel Kahneman's book on how we think - Thinking, Fast and Slow. It's been about two years since I bought this book but I finally finished it. I highly recommend it as it gives a lot of insight to our minds; and if you wish to learn to think more rationally and statistically, then this book is not only eye-opening but also practical. Regarding the question in the beginning - I find it be a great reality check. Having a blog has motivated me to get out more on days when I don't feel like doing anything, but I'd never want getting that perfect shot to stop me from living in the moment. There are a lot of other thought-provoking points in the book, with each distinct idea presented in a short chapter with vivid examples and minimal math (in my opinion).
Making Friends // It's been almost two and half years since I graduated from college (scary!) and I'm still getting the hang of making friends as adults. In fact, even saying "getting the hang of it" makes it sound like I'm better than it than I really am. I've always preferred keeping fewer close friends than having a lot of acquaintances, but sometimes I get insecure about seemingly having a harder time socializing than just about everyone else around me. Does anyone feel the same way? Social media is supposed to make it easier for people to connect, but sometimes I feel like it does the opposite as it gives the illusion that you're keeping up with your friends even when you haven't really spoken to them in maybe months.
Empathy // One of the things I didn't anticipate to be difficult about being an adult is staying empathetic. Nowadays it's normal to say that the world is a terrible place as both natural and man-made catastrophes are coming one after another. Every news story seems to be sad, horrifying, shocking or all of the above. Some events that really upset and stuck with me include the fire at the Grenfell Tower in London and all the recent news surrounding sexual harassment. I donated some money, discussed my thoughts with friends, and maybe even shed some tears, but overall I felt extremely powerless, almost as if I had no right to be upset if I weren't going to do something major about it. I find it tempting to ignore bad news since I can't make a difference anyway. I know that's probably not the "right" thing to do, but it would just be a lot easier, right? I don't mean to sound too negative. I'm just sharing because these are some thoughts on my mind. As we're in the middle of the holiday season, I'm hoping to connect with more people in my life and make a difference where I can!
Of course, I'd love to know your thoughts on any of this!
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