The bravest thing I ever did was continuing my life when I wanted to die.
This eggshell has more than 20,000 holes drilled in it.
ONE TIME I TRIED TO DRILL ONE HOLE IN AN EGG TO DRAIN THE YOLKS OUT AND THEN DRY IT. JUST A SMALL LITTLE HOLE AT THE TOP. I TRIED THIS WITH LIKE 20 DIFFERENT EGGS AND I COULD NOT DO IT. THIS SHIT IS INSANE.
Cyber-psychologist Berni Goode talking about Flow on Charlie Brooker’s How Videogames Changed the World.
Flow is extremely important. So, so important.
It’s what keeps some people sane. It’s what drives the world’s most skilled and accomplished athletes, the most intense gamers, the hardcore hobbyists, even many of the most talented artists, musicians and actors - flow is what you get when unstoppable drive meets an unflinching will and unlimited dedication.
Flow is being utterly, truly “in the zone”. And it’s one of the most amazing feelings there is.
This is why finding a sport, or a hobby, or a martial art, or a handicraft, or a new video game, or any skill-based activity that uses focus and requires practice and repetition is so beneficial for things like depression and anxiety and overall mental/physical well-being.
- what disabled people consider accessibility: wheelchair ramps, elevators, stairs that aren't steep and contain breaks, braille, seeing eye dogs/assistant dogs, ergonomic work spaces, easy to grip tools, closed captions, resources in close proximity to each other, class note-takers, recording devices for lectures, medication, level ground, assisted learning, larger bathroom stalls with bars, quiet spaces (for sensory overload), lower workloads, being allowed time off work or school, just to name very very few
- what able-bodied people consider accessibility: "just put wheelchair ramps everywhere!!!"
Some people think mental illness is a matter of mood, a matter of personality. They think depression is simply a form of being sad, that OCD is a form of being uptight. They think the soul is sick, not the body. It is, they believe, something that you have some choice over.
I know how wrong this is.
When I was a child, I didn’t understand. I would wake up in a new body and wouldn’t comprehend why things felt muted, dimmer. Or the opposite—I’d be supercharged, unfocused, like a radio at top volume flipping quickly from station to station…Eventually, though, I realized these inclinations, these compulsions, were as much a part of the body as its eye color or its voice. Yes, the feelings themselves were intangible, amorphous, but the cause of the feelings was a matter of chemistry, biology.
It is a hard cycle to conquer. The body is working against you. And because of this, you feel even more despair. Which only amplifies the imbalance. It takes uncommon strength to live with these things. But I have seen that strength over and over again.
Haya Ismail of NatiVeil
'The name “NatiVeil” was chosen because it encapsulates the idea of mashing two very different cultures perfectly. “Native” because we are both half Native Americans from the Navajo tribe and “Veil” because we are both veiled, covered Muslim women. We want to showcase how we mix Native American heritage, jewelry, fashion, and lifestyles with that of our Palestinian half and also hope to show that the two are a similar people. There are many stereotypes about both Middle Easterners as well as Native Americans, but we want to break through that barrier, so stay tuned and subscribe to all our channels of social media so that through our posts, we can show you, firsthand what we’re all about.'
Photo by Horocue. The artist Francois Pelletier, París, 2005.
“Francois Pelletier is a modern-day Madonnari of sorts. He does incredibly accurate sidewalk reproductions of famous Renaissance paintings using layers of soft chalk. He is a full-time artist who travels and draws his income entirely from the proceeds of his work. He said: “I’m a busker and my public is my money and my inspiration. I don’t go looking further than that right now. I’m happy with what I do. I’m not selling anything, I’m not running after anyone, trying to sell a product or grab a contract. I do it and people give me just enough to travel around and pay my rent.”