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“When I am attacked by gloomy thoughts, nothing helps me so much as running to my books. They quickly absorb me and banish the clouds from my mind.”

I will never forget the first time I grabbed a book to help myself. I was a teenager. I had the usual teenage troubles, a bit of bullying here and there, sexuality discovery, and problems in my house. You know, the usual, but to a kid, at that age, they aren’t usual, of course. They seem to be the end of the world.

I’d love to tell you that the…

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Art exists to be appreciated.

That’s what my friend Fer told me. What I need to do know is to understand why.

Have you ever done art before? I think, for something to be considered art, just one thing is needed, the creation of something with the intention to say something, anything.

You might want to say nothing, it would still be art.

Fer also says there are three things needed for an artist to be an artist. They are:

  • A person the believing that she is an artist
  • Authenticity, something that separates her from everything that has ever been…

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It was a hot night. The kind of hot nights you only get during the hot summers of Chihuahua, Mexico. I was sitting down on a bench in the park in front of her house. She was sitting down right next to me. It was night already, not late, maybe 9:00 or 10:00. The street was quiet, no cars passing by, just the lights of the windows of the house on, indicating there were people awake in their living rooms enjoying their evening. Her parents inside the house.

I think the father never particularly liked me. He was a chubby…

Sobre el control.

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De las cosas, algunas están bajo nuestro poder, mientras que otras no. Dentro de nuestro poder está la opinión, la disposición, el deseo y la aversión; resumido en una frase, todos los actos propios. Lo que no está dentro de nuestro poder es el cuerpo, la propiedad, la reputación; resumido en una frase, todos los actos que no son meramente propios. Epicteto

Habla Epicteto aquí de las cosas que están bajo nuestro control y las que no. Si te fijas, las divide en dos. Las que están bajo nuestro control y las que no.

Como ejemplo sencillo…

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¿Porqué ser estoico? ¿Para qué?

Las personas que se acercan a la filosofía, raramente se acercan por gusto. Lo común es que la persona busque alivio ante alguna situación incomoda o incluso traumática en su vida, o también puede ser por simple instatsfacción. Busca algo que le permita vivir la vida de una mejor manera, o bien, simplemente poder disfrutarla.

La vida puede ser, o más bien será en algún punto u otro, difícil, dura, complicada y triste. Pero a su vez, también será infinitamente hermosa, excitante y apasionante. …

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The plain fact is that you graduating seniors do not yet have any clue what “day in day out” really means. There happen to be whole, large parts of adult American life that nobody talks about in commencement speeches. One such part involves boredom, routine and petty frustration. The parents and older folks here will know all too well what I’m talking about.
David Foster Wallace

The incredibly human, human, human being, David Foster Wallace.

You just want to hug that guy, if he were alive of course. He wrote about life, at its simplest form, it’s as if…

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“Think of the life you have lived until now as over and, as a dead man, see what’s left as a bonus and live it according to Nature. Love the hand that fate deals you and play it as your own, for what could be more fitting?” — Marcus Aurelius

How much time do you spend, complaining, at least unconsciously about the way things are in your life? If you’re like me, a lot. Wallowing in shame, pity, nervousness, unwillingness, or indecision is way more harmful than you think. And that’s because you don’t only feel bad while you’re doing…

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Learning to read, learning to code, learning a new language, finishing that Coursera course you’ve already paid for. These are all things that would be great to finish. But when? It seems that there never is time to do anything. For me, most of the days, I end up at 7 or 8 p.m. working on my side projects with half my attention because I’m so tired. Other days, I’ve already scheduled time in the evening for my friends, something just as important to me, and so I don’t get any of my personal projects done.

I usually worry about…

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There are few things as amazing as reading.

Reading is an act of exploration, of renewal, of redemption, of adventure. But it requires you to prepare for the task, it requires you to work.

Last night, as I was reading the book, Why fish don’t exist by Lulu Miller, I stumbled into a point in the book where disinterest started to creep in, enemy #1 of reading. Not every book is going to keep you hooked all the time you’re reading it. …

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“How long are you going to wait before you demand the best for yourself and in no instance bypass the discriminations of reason? You have been given the principles that you ought to endorse, and you have endorsed them. What kind of teacher, then, are you still waiting for in order to refer your self-improvement to him? You are no longer a boy, but a full-grown man. If you are careless and lazy now and keep putting things off and always deferring the day after which you will attend to yourself, you will not notice that you are making no…

Ricardo Guaderrama Caraveo

Mountaineer, writer, Stoic, Gryffindor.

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