Photography is a kind of virtual reality, and it helps if you can create the illusion of being in an interesting world.Steven Pinker
“The best way to verify that you are alive is by checking if you like variations.”Nassim Taleb, Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder
“You can plan events, but if they go according to your plan they are not events.”
“You break experience up into pieces and you put them together in different combinations, and some are real and some are not, some are documentary, and some are imagined…It takes a pedestrian and literal mind to be worried about which is true and which is not true. It’s all of it not true, and it’s all of it true.”
— Author Walter Stegner in an interview with Richard Etulain
Fact or fiction, our lives are but are an amalgamation of experience and imagination, neither of which explains the factual nature of our origins. Context fence-sits to prove no foreseeable answer, one that needs no seeking anyway.
The above quote is lifted from the afterword in Wallace Stegner’s novel Crossing to Safety, a highly recommended read.
Rituals: They drop heart levels. They alleviate anxiety. They deaden the fear by practicing it beforehand, strengthening confidence.
At the end of the day, you’re either ready or you’re not. But priming the mind with a ritual — whether it feels random or not — may just be the thing that gets you over the hump.
“Habits are more important than fears.” – Seth Godin