- Is School Lunch Really All That Bad?
- Earn your degree
- Write a letter to your reflection in the mirror.
- What is your zodiac sign? Does it fit your personality?
- Sit outside for about an hour. Write down the sounds you hear.
- Write about a teacher who had a lasting impact on you.
- Your relationship status and how you feel about it.
- Where you’d like to be in ten years.
- Write about friends that are like family.
- Put your iPod on shuffle and write down the first ten songs that pop up.
- Write a verbal vision board.
- Write about being inside an old abandoned warehouse.
- How important do you think education is?
- What if you mirror started talking to you?
- List five celebrities that you’re attracted to.
- Write about how you celebrate New Year’s Eve.
- Write about what you do on Valentine’s Day.
- How impulsive are you?
- Write about your favorite US President, living or dead.
- Do Photoshopped Images Make You Feel Bad About Your Own Looks?
- Protected: Would You Want to Be a Child Prodigy?
- Do You Perform Better When You’re Competing or When You’re Collaborating?
- What are your favorite cartoons?
- If someone gave you a free plane ticket to anywhere in the world, where would you go?
- How Do You Find Peace in Your Life?
- How Important Is Keeping a Clean House?
- What would you do if you could live a day without consequences?
- How to Properly Pack a Suitcase
- A food that reminds you of your youth.
- Why would you be a great president? Give at least three arguments.
That’s an ongoing quest, isn’t it?
I take long baths. Read. Sing along to loud music. Bake. Things that take me out of myself for a while. Things that aren’t ‘work.’ Things separate from whatever’s going on in the world at large.
I’m lucky to have outlets like that. If the problems of the world came right up to my doorstep, I wouldn’t be able to do those things. My doorstep could look like Aleppo. No peace there.
‘Finding peace’ is a sort of first world problem. People in harsh conditions want real peace while they scrabble to survive. If you’re just stressed or dissatisfied or whatever, without real hardship, then it’s like ‘finding yourself’ or ‘being mindful.’ To be sure, the human living in relative prosperity needs to do some of this in order to stay healthy and sane. (We didn’t evolve to be prosperous, we evolved to survive.) But the obsession with ‘finding peace’–the commodification and commercialization of the quest–is specious.
Photo: Tim Green