I Hate the Word “Forever”

Forever doesn’t exist. Don’t romanticize it. Don’t glamorize it. Don’t even flirt with the possibility of it. Nothing can be forever. Even the moon and the stars will one day die. Accept change as a necessary and positive force in your life. And you will find beauty in the lack of permanence. And it will…

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Take Agency Over Your Life

Don’t worry about what other people want. Do what you need to do to be happy. Don’t become something you’re not. Be in control of who you are. Don’t concern yourself with what others have. Have peace of mind. If you want to move, move. If you want to leave, leave. If your life is…

Cleveland: The Empty City

Some have asked me, “Why are you hell-bent on leaving?” I live in North East Ohio (NEO, for short). Cost of living is cheap, but wages (usually) don’t suffer for it. We’re close to beaches, farmland, a national park, and big cities. Diversity in Cleveland second-to-none for a city with a Low-Cost-of-Living, and an amazing…

Don’t Call Me Pretty

It depends on the day, if not the hour, if I consider myself “good looking”. I could say that my default view on my appearance is a negative one. I wouldn’t describe myself as someone who thinks they’re pretty, but lately, I find that I do have that opinion with increasing frequency, as my mental…

Seeking Friends

It’s Friday night, and I have no plans. It’s a terrible state of affairs. I have no one to spend time with. No house to pop over to. I need to make friends. But, how? I could create a Meetup. I’ve been going to one sporadically, but it’s too far. 45 minutes to an hour…

Freeing

People have many pre-made opinions about how life works. Usually, they consist of microscopic visions transplanted onto every corner of the world. Can’t get a decent job here? It must be like this everywhere. Dating pool is pretty lame? Maybe it’s time to settle. Life sucks right now? It’s probably going to continue to suck.…

I (Almost) Have No Interest in Buying a House

I’m 25. As I round life’s bases, some traditional milestones should be hitting the scoreboard. Unfortunately, my age makes me a Millennial, and I’m lumped into an incredibly lackluster generation, known for being lazy, financially strapped, and not wanting too many kids. Moreover, my generation backs down from the proposition of home ownership. However, I’m…