Redefining Success

Many people, particularly in America, have an exceptionally rigid vision of success. Fast cars, lavish houses, and attractive sex partners dominate our collective image of what it means to succeed in life. Unfortunately, while succeeding at this rigged game may create temporary euphoria and fleeting happiness, it will almost never lead to lasting contentment or …

Why Self-Respect is Vital to Any Relationship

Relationships are tricky. What may seem like perfectly healthy behavior to one couple may seem ill-adjusted and toxic to another. However, to my mind there is key characteristic that underlies all healthy relationships: respect. Directed towards your partner, respect promotes open communication, honesty, trust, and sacrifice, all key qualities to lasting happiness. But more importantly, …

Growth Through Fear

Prompt: What makes me uniquely me, and why? Life is nothing without struggle. It is only through struggle and failure that we can experience growth. This hard truth can be quite uncomforting in times of crisis, but as I reflect on my life I have come to realize that my personality, my drive, my soul, …

What’s Wrong with Society?

Self Reflection Challenge Day 4 Prompt: What is wrong with society, and what would I fix if I was in charge? People are what’s wrong with society. The 1980’s, and its legacy of greed and vanity, have produced an American populace with misplaced values, apathy, and overwhelming selfishness. Social media platforms have only polished the …

Self Reflection Challenge Day 3

Prompt: What are your political views and why? My political views, like many other things about me, are all over the spectrum. First and foremost, I believe in the value, dignity, and importance of human life. No, that does not mean I am pro-life. As someone familiar with the human nervous system, I do not …

Self Reflection Challenge Day 2

Prompt: What are my religious views and why? About twenty years ago, my brothers and I attended a vacation bible school at a local church. Neither of my parents were particularly religious. My mom certainly insisted that she believed in God, but at least at that time in my life she was far from a …

Mistaken Identity

White. Male. 27 years-old. 6’3″, 205.3 pounds. Lawyer. Liberal. Racist. Wild Card. Conformist. High-achiever. Pothead. Socially awkward. Arrogant. All of these labels have been applied to me at some point in my life, either by myself or by others. It is in our nature as human beings, and particularly as Americans, to apply labels to …

Self Reflection Challenge Day 1

Prompt: What are my core values and why? Most of my problems, both physical and mental, have come from having a core as weak as Biden’s knees after smelling the sweet scent of lavender in an intern’s hair. Your core provides balance and stability. It centers and grounds you. And most importantly, it allows you …