An ongoing collection of quotes, photos and other things I’ve found inspiring while attempting to set up, get organized and generally employ myself :

Screen shot 2014-01-20 at 7.30.58 PMThe ideal must get real; this is the tragedy of youth

-G.W.F. Hegel

It is difficult to live on the edge and also remain meaningfully employed. No matter how much you burn and shine at the beginning of each career move, within a short while you lose your spark, your drive, and your health benefits. You feel deeply hurt that no employer will pay you to stagger forward willfully along the dark path that you alone must travel. Finally, after years of this manic casting about for meaning, you realize that, all the while you’ve been changing jobs, what you’ve really needed to do is change yourself. This simple elegant insight throws you into a deep depression. An eerie quiet descends upon you. Held in a cosmic trance, you look up into the night sky and observe with dismay that the planet Saturn -that bloated sign of order and disorder- has returned to the same place it was when you were born 29.6 years ago. Even though you don’t believe in astrology, you somehow slide deeper into depression.

It may take years, but as you shed your youthful illusions and learn to take yourself more seriously, you finally emerge from your dark time of reckoning. You’re now stronger and more free because astrology has taught you one important lesson: it will be another 29.6 years before you feel this bad again.

Every 29.6 years a large planet will mess up my life.

 Andrew Boyd, Daily Afflictions: The Agony of Being Connected to Everything in the Universe (There are a lot of funny reads on career and finding your path in addition to love, life, family and death in the 50 or so little aphorisms in this book; I’d highly recommend the whole thing if you found this selection amusing.)

Synching Ship RiotSmooth seas do not make skillful sailors.

African Proverb (seen in Walking Dead Season 3 prison office, cited on the web as African proverb)

Screen shot 2014-01-20 at 6.44.01 PM“Most people can motivate themselves to do things simply by knowing that those things need to be done. But not me. For me, motivation is this horrible, scary game where I try to make myself do something while I actively avoid doing it. If I win, I have to do something I don’t want to do. And if I lose, I’m one step closer to ruining my entire life. And I never know whether I’m going to win or lose until the last second.”

Allie Brosh, Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened

This whole book is a great hilarious break for anyone trying to get their life together (and the best *unsolicited* Christmas present from my mom!)

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