Anyone who puts their lives at risk to speak out about an injustice. It’s one thing for someone like me to sit at my laptop or in this case, on my phone on a plane, answering questions and voicing opinions about this or that, but it’s an entirely different universe for someone like Malala Yousafzai to stand up publicly and speak out about equality in education for girls and women in her country where women have at times been banned from getting an education. That is a courage I question if I even possess. There are many women and men around the world who risk their lives on a daily basis to get people of influence to pay attention. That is work that transcends my experience and I am in awe.
—  Gillian Anderson answering “Whose work inspires you the most?” Quora Q&A (x)
When we were children, we used to think that when we were grown-up we would no longer be vulnerable. But to grow up is to accept vulnerability. To be alive is to be vulnerable.
—  Madeleine L'Engle

It took me years to realise that living a simple life is not about what I can live without but about efficiently organising the important stuff to ensure that I don’t have to live without anything. And once we are clear about our priorities and purpose, we are better able to recognise our obstacles. I dedicate a couple of hours a week to plan my life, discard the unnecessary, pencil in the stuff I miss and just enjoy a pot of tea while looking very thoughtful. Living fuller doesn’t have to mean busy. And slowing down doesn’t need to be boring. Make this year about you, recognise the toxic and create space for what empowers you.

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Hello friend,

Have you ever played Psychonauts? It’s one of my favourite games! I played it for the first time years and years ago and absolutely fell in love with it. I think you’d really enjoy it.

It’s a platformer game about a kid who runs away from the circus to join a psychic summer camp. The main mechanic of the game is using your psychic powers to go into people’s heads and help them overcome their fears or past memories using various puzzles. It becomes especially interesting once you enter the brains of people with various mental illnesses — the levels are brilliantly designed and they address these various mental health topics wonderfully.

On top of all of that, the writing is absolutely hilarious, and all the characters are incredibly well developed. I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so hard playing a game.

If it sounds like something you’re interested in playing, you can pick it up on Humble, GOG, or Steam.

Some people think...

that being shy isn’t that bad, and that I choose to be shy around certain people. They think it’ll be easy for me to overcome my shyness, they think that once we go to another school we can decide that, “hey this year I’m going to be more social and outgoing!” But it just doesn’t work that way. I hope every single year that maybe I won’t be as quiet as the last and I can make more friends and meet more people, and try to do the things I love. When I meet someone I like I constantly worry that I’m being too clingy or too desperate, so I don’t talk to them as much. I’m not able to sing at school talent shows or make YouTube covers because if I did I would have the constant fear of people judging me. But you know what I’ve come to realize? My fear of putting my self out there is coming from the mean looks, hurtful words, and nasty thoughts from the people around me. Society these days is so judgmental that some people decide they need to be hidden in their shell and deny the affection and complements of others because they fear they could be lying. Being shy isn’t just always a character trait, sometimes it can go much deeper then that.