The Ability to Choose

You get to choose, every day. It’s depressing when it feels like the world is choosing something for you, like you have no control over your life. But you do. You decide what has been, what is, what will be. Human life is startlingly short if we’re worried about whether we can retire on a million dollars, which is a stupid question. Right now is all we really have. How many times do we have to hear this before it sinks in and we make art? We get to tell ourselves what every “now” means. Why aren’t we telling ourselves more often that we’re amazing?

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On Reversals of Fortune

We all experience them. The measure of your success is not how much is going well—whatever it is, it will change eventually for better or worse. It’s whether you endure those ups and downs without losing your mind. Nobody “wins.” Nobody gets out of here alive. The trick is to be able to stick around as long as possible and make the most of it all, make it mean something. And how you do that is completely your business.