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The opposite of a fair weather friend

I have a lingering reputation for being a downer. Which I’ve never aspired to be, of course. Very rarely do I want to take away from the achievement of anyone, let alone a friend. My driving force with people is

Posted in Depression & Suicide, Pragmatism

Float

I’m about to go for my third float in a flotation pod at Float Life on Saturday. I drafted some of a post after I left my first session just to try and capture the feeling. I was overwhelmed at

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Identity statements

I used to be able to describe myself confidently, no matter who asked, with one compound word – songwriter. I had very deliberately not cultivated any other identity.  Partly because everyone I saw with one foot in music and one

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We are what we pretend to be

We are what we pretend to be, so we must be very careful about what we pretend to be It’s a quote from Kurt Vonnegut that I think about often. And I mostly thought about it in the negative. I

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Be careful about narrating your life

There’s a tendency among creative, daydreamy people to narrate their lives to themselves as they live them. When something good and interesting happens it feels like the start of something, the begin of a chapter, a turning point. Which is

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Pushing Myself Artistically

I heard a theory expressed that the reason artists lose their soul when they give up drugs is that they’re scared of exploring highs and lows. Maintaining sobriety is a balancing act and throwing yourself into serious lows for creative

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Don’t be a fair weather friend to yourself

I read that phrase this morning and it got to me. I notice an unproductive, unhelpful habit of beating myself up often. It’s hard to explain the difference between pushing oneself with motivation/discipline and beating oneself up. I thought when

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