23 Life-Changing Things You Can Read Right Now
Guaranteed pick-me-ups, in under a half hour.
1. "Tiny Revolutions" (Dear Sugar #86) by Cheryl Strayed
EXCERPT: "Real change happens on the level of the gesture. It's one person doing one thing differently than he or she did before. It's the man who opts not to invite his abusive mother to his wedding; the woman who decides to spend her Saturday mornings in a drawing class instead of scrubbing the toilets at home; the writer who won't allow himself to be devoured by his envy; the parent who takes a deep breath instead of throwing a plate. It's you and me standing naked before our lovers, even if it makes us feel kind of squirmy in a bad way when we do. The work is there. It's our task. Doing it will give us strength and clarity. It will bring us closer to who we hope to be." (Full text.)
2. Syracuse University commencement address ("The Importance of Kindness," May 2013) by George Saunders
3. "Forever" (Rookie editor's letter, December 2013) by Tavi Gevinson
EXCERPT: "One way to avoid killing your heart is to decide that you will spend your whole life growing up. I am not saying you should aspire to the maturity level of the characters in Hot Tub Time Machine; I am suggesting we resist a life that looks, in line-graph form, like it goes up and up and up and then it stops, and then it levels out, and then it stays on that flat plane until death. I hope to live a life that goes up and up and up until the end, with the inevitable dip here and there. I hope to continue to learn and change." (Full text.)