How Olympians Stay Motivated, The Atlantic
”’Individuals differ enormously in what makes them happy–for some, competition, winning and wealth are the greatest sources of happiness, but for others, feeling competent or socializing may be more satisfying' …
’Competitions and public performances provide short-term goals for specific improvements.’”
Okay I imagine someone must’ve come up with this before, but
I don’t know of it, so
Damn right, Lauren Conrad
"You might not realise, but real life is a game of strategy. There are some fun mini-games – like dancing, driving, running, and sex – but the key to winning is simply managing your resources.
Most importantly, successful players put their time into the right things. Later in the game money comes into play, but your top priority should always be mastering where your time goes.”
This post from one of my favorite Internet people, Oliver Emberton, is great. Sure, life really can’t be boiled down so easily but this is a fun pseudo strategy guide framed around cute video game tropes.
I found the section on “Finding A Partner” to be particularly accurate:
"Attraction is a complex mini-game in itself, but mostly a byproduct of how you’re already playing. If you have excellent state and high skills, you’re far more attractive already. A tired, irritable, unskilled player is not appealing, and probably shouldn’t be looking for a relationship.
Early in the game it can be common to reject and be rejected by other players. This is normal, but unfortunately it can drain your state, as most players don’t handle rejection or rejecting well. You’ll need to expend willpower to keep going, and willpower is replenished by sleep, so give it time.”
Go check out the whole post, which is full of great illustrations and fun, video game-laden writing.
Harpist, singer and songwriter Mikaela Davis is not your average college student. She’s making a big name for herself as an indie-pop harpist. She’s just released her new EP, Fortune Teller, completed a fifteen-stop tour, and she’s just started her last semester at Crane School of Music in …
For the record, I’m pretty sure the answer oughta be “frequently.”
Wearing, showing, and sharing the many things that make up your personal presence helps you understand yourself.
I believe this, and do this, and get (mildly) frustrated when other people don’t actively surround themselves with things that express who they are, the way I’m aware I do.