Rear View Mirror – My Week In Review

This week, I created a new blog for Rick’s art. He still had the Tumblr blog, but I upgraded him to his very own URL: You should follow/like/subscribe/reblog/repost and all the other things people do with such things. It will be where I post his newest works as well as information about his upcoming shows. For example, this is the newest piece:

Today (or even this week), I am trying to remember the point of Twitter. I mean, maybe if I had something to sell and I could somehow con people to opt-in direct marketing, sure. But I don’t have anything to sell. I just tweet out what is happening over on various internet places I post. It all just seems like a numbers game and today (or even this week) I am bored of it. That is probably why I have the tweets set to auto-destruct after 31 days.

It may be age, it may be cynicism, but news rarely shocks me anymore and it surely does not ‘outrage’ me as it apparently does to so many people that are frequent Facebook posters. Barely anything. Celebrity commits suicide? I’m surprised more don’t. Regular civilians commit suicide every day. I drive by Kurt Cobain’s house twice a day and see the people visiting his bench, I see the flowers and candles being left even twenty years later. Suicide is always on my radar, I guess. Cop killing an unarmed black kid, community riots, story develops, details become very very murky? Understandable. People jump to the conclusion that they want to be true before learning all the details. I do believe that the militarization of our police force is very dangerous and is distorting the trust that law enforcement officers should be building, but I live in Seattle. The police beat up minorities and empty their guns into drunk Native Americans on the regular. Mentally unstable guy goes on shooting spree? Sounds about right. We don’t do anything to help them and we don’t regulate our firearms, eventually the two will meet with an unfavorable result.

I guess I am just so bored of people posting Robin Williams quotes.

Still, I may dump twitter. I also need to find a way to purge all the older Instagram photos. For some reason, I am feeling the need to minimize my web footprint.

This week on Waldina, I celebrated the birthdays of Mae West, Edna Ferber, Julia Child, Alice Ghostley, Alfred Hitchcock, Norma Shearer and the death of Jean-Michel Basquait. I don’t normally chronicle deaths, but Jean-Michel Basquait is in a different category.

The Stats:

Views This Week: 968
Total Views: 121,742
Total Subscribers: 332

I did junk on tumblr, instagram, twitter and even facebook this week. meh.

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Rear View Mirror – My Week In Review

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I have a lot of rules. Rule #3 has never been enforced.


We are in Moses Lake this weekend for Rick’s high school reunion.  This town.  I mean.  Wow.  Gertrude Stein once said when referring to her childhood home in Oakland (and it has since taken on a life of its own and morphed into a slightly different meaning) There is no there there.”  Yesterday, we drove around looking for something to do, somewhere to shop, anything. Nothing.

Everyone is very friendly, but I guess only the friendly ones would attend a high school reunion.  Hard drinkers, but friendly.

I just want to go shopping.

This week on Waldina, I celebrated the birthdays of Leonide Massine, Esther Williams, Randall Shilts, Mata Hari, Lucille Ball, Andy Warhol, Ricardo Romero Cortez Duque and Barack Obama.

The Stats:

Visits This Week: 608
All Time Visits: 120,692
Total Subscribers: 328
Most Popular Post: Banned Books That Shaped America: Catch-22

This week I tweeted from @TheRealSPA:

I’ve said before and I’ll say it again: Moses Lake possesses all the charm of a botched abortion. #MosesLake #ClassOf84

The Stats:

Total Tweets: 320 (old tweets auto-deleted to preserve freshness)
Total Following: 289
Total Followers: 223

This week over on Wasp & Pear on Tumblr, I posted photos of Charlie Chaplin, Gandhi, Einstein and Truman Capote; inspirational quotes from Holstee, Abraham Lincoln, Jack Kerouac, Walt Whitman, Dr. Seuss, Hunter S. Thompson and Eleanor Roosevelt; and a lot of new art from Ricardo Romero Cortez Duque.

The Stats:

Total Notes: 2,710
Notes This Week: 71
Total Followers: 188
Total Following: 292
Most Popular Post: Happy Birthday Yves Saint Laurent

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Happy Birthday Ricardo Romero Cortez Duque

Today is the birthday of Ricardo Romero Cortez Duque.  You can visit the full collection of his art HERE.  Here are some of my favorites:

Some of his work is in the current show at Vernissage:

Seattle Design Center
5701 6th Ave S, Ste. 268
Seattle, WA 98802
United States



Rear View Mirror – My Week In Review

I would love to say I was able to remain a member of the Columbia City Facebook group through SeaFair weekend, but sadly, it just didn’t happen. Those people are idiots and if anything, has made me like my neighborhood less. I sincerely hope to never meet any of them in person, which seems unlikely since a majority of their days are spent trolling the internet being unpleasant.

This week on Waldina, I celebrated the birthdays of James Baldwin, Myrna Loy, Yves Saint Laurent, Ted Cassidy, Elizabeth Short, William Powell, Clara Bow and Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis.

The Stats:

Visits This Week: 796
Total Visits: 120,010
Total Subscribers: 326
Most Popular Post This Week: Happy Birthday Yves Saint Laurent

This week on Wasp & Pear, I posted photos depicting what it would be like if other planets were as close to Earth as the moon, a lot of maps, what 200 calories looks like in various forms, and some art by Andy Warhol, Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquait.

The Stats:

Total Posts: 2,674
Posts This Week: 121
Total Subscribers: 187
Most Popular Post: Happy Birthday Yves Saint Laurent

This week on @TheRealSPA on Twitter, I tweeted:

“In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” ~MLK~
#ICC4Israel #PrayForGaza #FreePalestine

The Stats:

Total Tweets: 303 (tweets older than 31 days are automatically scrubbed to preserve freshness)
Total Following: 279
Total Followers: 216

This week on @TheRealSPA on Instagram, I posted a picture of my car over-heated on the side of First Avenue South:

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Total Posts: 595
Total Following: 133
Total Followers: 121

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Rear View Mirror – My Week In Review

This week, I joined three Facebook Groups and started one:

The Port Orchard group consists mostly of people asking questions that a Google search could easily answer: Anyone know of an urgent care near by? (must not be that urgent if you can wait for Facebook replies). They also seem to be endlessly curious about car accidents, why various aid cars are at specific locations, and catching these two women that stole things from a place called Pet Town. Overall, being a part of the group has not made me feel any nostalgia for my home town or enriched my life in any way. It has made me very conscious of the time I spend on Facebook and evaluate if it brings any value.

The Columbia City group is a lot of complaining. Complaining about bad parking, complaining about vandalism (my assumption is that the vandals are not members of the group), complaining about someone stealing a ladder. There is no added value to my life being member of this group, but I will wait to leave the group because next weekend is SeaFair, and it’s gonna get real messy down here. A lot of people come down to see the hydroplane races and park all over the place. The posts could get interesting.

The Bent Car Guys group seemed like a potentially fun one to join, they seem to post a lot of photos of cars from car shows and ones they see around the city. I thought that maybe at some time, I could post a photo of the extra set of rims I have and see if I could sell them. They post a lot of photos of old crappy cars. I will remain a member, it could just be an off week.

As I troll through the groups I have become members of, I am reminded of that very famous quote of Groucho Marx’s:

– Telegram to the Friar’s Club of Beverly Hills to which he belonged, as recounted in Groucho and Me (1959)

This week, on Waldina, I celebrated the birthdays of Aldous Huxley, Stanley Kubrick, Vivian Vance, Maxfield Parrish, Amelia Earhart, Zelda Fitzgerald, Sandra Gould, Raymond Chandler, Alexander Calder, Edward Hopper, Oscar de la Renta and Ernest Hemingway.

The Stats:

Views This Week: 818
Total Views: 119,197
Total Subscribers: 319
Most Popular Post: Banned Books That Shaped America: Catch-22

Over on Wasp & Pear on Tumblr, I posted photos of abandoned shopping malls, beautiful drawing of the world’s subway maps, some new uses for duct tape, the art of Banksy, George Condo, Frank Stella, Keith Haring and Ricardo Romero Cortez Duque.

The Stats:

Posts This Week: 47
Total Posts: 2,643
Total Subscribers: 187
Most Popular Post: Happy Birthday Edward Hopper.

This week over on @TheRealSpa on Twitter, I tweeted:



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Total Tweets: 307 (auto-deleted tweets older than 31 days to preserve freshness)
Total Following: 258
Total Following: 193

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Rear View Mirror – My Week In Review

I need a new profile pic, I would set myself a goal of getting a new one today, but that seems like too much pressure for a Sunday.  Other stuff that falls under “News of Me” would be that I got up every day this week at 6:30 am and went to the gym.  I started slowly with only cardio and light weights, but next week I will be full speed.  That job at #SuitSupply really took everything from me.  For the first six months of this year, I went to the gym probably four times.  I was just always tired.  My life balance is back and I can already feel an improvement in my mental state.  The new gym is only about two miles from home, locally owned and exactly the sort of motivation I needed.


I rarely comment on posts anymore and I never read on other posts. I mostly leave helpful tips for other bloggers to get more traffic. Every once in a while, I tweet something with a hashtag that gets the internet trolls to lick the Dorito dust off their fingertips and go on the attack. I don’t mind that much, they don’t want to have a dialogue, they just call me a retarded fag communist (I’ve been called worse in Junior High). I will remark that I understand they only want to name call and not have a conversation and they just leave me alone. Or a quick block on them ends it if they continue to name call. No big deal. On Facebook, if there is a post I disagree with whole-heartedly, I usually do not even comment, I just unfriend. Mad Cobra via Robyn has given me that philosophy when it comes to Facebook: “I press trigger, I don’t press people button.” I don’t start something, I end something. Okay? Facebook isn’t real, those people may coincidentally also be real friends, but just because you knew them in high school, you do not owe them anything. My new problem is the comment commenters. They are usually friends of your Facebook friends (strangers to you) that don’t like your comment, so they go on attack. These people also do not care to have a dialogue. Since it so rarely happens (I have trimmed up my Facebook friends list to like-minded and/or respectful people), I am always caught a bit off guard that a stranger is finding it necessary to attack me on someone else’s page. I have a rule: If the mutual friend does not step in to mediate, I delete all my comments, unfriend the mutual friend, and inform them my actions are in result of their inability to moderate their page satisfactorily. In all fairness, it is usually people that I should have unfriended or never friended, our lives and views on a lot of things are very different. #HobbyLobby #2ndAmendment #NRA #Hilary2016

This week on Waldina, I celebrated the birthdays of Pablo Neruda, Louis B. Mayer, Milton Berle, Van Cliburn, Brett Somers, Fred Gwynne, Camille Pissarro, David Hockney, Anjelica Huston, Marc Chagall, Gustav Mahler, Shelley Duvall and George Cukor.

The Stats:

Total Posts: 1,186
Total Subscribers: 317
Total Visits: 117,516
Total Visits This Week: 613
Most Popular Post This Week: Happy Birthday Camille Pissarro

This week on Wasp & Pear, I posted Kai and Heather’s book review vlog of “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.” A librarian (who just so happens to also be the non-relative I have known the longest) and her daughters read and review books. It is great for parents with kids, but also just great to see kids that are excited about reading. You should follow/subscribe to all of them over at, links to their various internet places can be found there.

I went on to post photos of abandoned places; vintage Seattle, New York City and Hollywood; and the like.

The Stats:

Total Posts: 2,567
Posts This Week: 69
Total Followers: 182
Most Popular Post This Week: Ross Shire Hotel

Over on my little corner of Twitter @TheRealSPA, I tweeted:

Anyone wanting to turn away children based of what side of the line on a map they were born must IMMEDIATELY stop self-identifying as Xtian.


O-P-U-L-E-N-C-E: You Own Everything!


Why such involved coffee orders?

The Stats:

Total Tweets: 299 (auto-deleted every 31 days to preserve freshness)
Total Followers: 248
Total Following: 185

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Onward and Upward – My Last Day

A Time to Dance - Hearts and Laserbeams

Today was my last day at Suit Supply.  T.G.I.M.F.F.  You know they won’t let their employees us the #suitsupply hashtag on social media platforms?  They want to “control the image” of the company.  That’s fine.  Their ex-employees can do what they want.

Quitting is the best thing you can do for yourself sometimes.  If you feel that there is no way the changes you want will be possible, you need to find something else.  It doesn’t have to be perfect, it just has to have the option of being better.  You do not have the power to change the structure and tone of a company, if it does not agree with you, you need to move on.  You should never love a company because it does not possess the ability to love you back.

I quit primarily because my life was exceptionally out of balance.  I wasn’t able to go to the gym regularly (I have only been six or so times in the last six months) and my days off were spent recuperating from the work week.  The Secondary reasons why I quit are my frustrations of working with an incompetent, dismissive and dysfunctional corporate structure.  Most of the employees higher than the store level are exceptionally rude and just not good at their jobs.  When you are told by the COO that if you don’t get what you need from the buyers, it is your responsibility to continually bother them until they do their jobs, there is a problem with responsibility.  I don’t think pestering someone to do their job is an acceptable form of business.  That, and while I was managing the employees and store and responsible for everything that happened in the store for months and months, they never made it official.  I was getting paid a sales associate wage, but too busy to make commission.  My only bonus was the 10-12 hours of weekly overtime I was being paid.

I would like to share a couple articles that I have recently read:

You have probably heard before that most people do not quit their jobs, they quit their boss.  It makes sense.  That is absolutely 100% the reason I left Gucci.  It’s the reason everyone leaves that store.  It is one of the main reasons I am leaving Suit Supply (not my boss specifically, but the corporate structure and attitude of how they treat people in the stores).  Here is some help I wish the right people would read, I know they won’t, but I wish they would:
12 Personality Traits Of A Great Boss


And for my coworkers and anyone else wanting to make a change, I found the 10 Free Apps You Need For Effective Job Hunting.  Download them now.  Make that technology work for you.  Now that you have all the apps at your fingertips, you need to market yourself.  Read How To Supercharge Your LinkedIn Profile In 15 Minutes and follow the instructions.  Read What Recruiters Pay Attention To For Your LinkedIn And Online Profile and see what tweaks you can make to your profile to be noticed.  You don’t have to believe me that it is time to quit, read 9 Signs It’s Time to Quit Your Job and decide for yourself.




Rear View Mirror – My Week In Review

Dude, I swear, I don't know those people.
“Dude, I swear, I never said that and I don’t know those people.” – Jesus


Some things I have been thinking about this week:

1. Your Facebook “friends” are not really your friends. Facebook is not a real thing. You may know some of them in real life and are actually friends with them, but just because you agreed to connect with them on the internet does not mean you owe anybody anything.

2. Why aren’t parents vaccinating their kids? Are these the same crazy religious weirdoes that also don’t give their kids medicine because it’s “God’s will”?  Those parents end up going to jail for child abuse when their kids die.

3. How many people have to die before people stop responding to mass shootings with candle light vigils and posters and ribbons? None of those things are going to stop a bullet. How many more people have to die before people get angry and start holding elected officials accountable? Until we start electing people that will have the courage to address safer gun regulations and mental illness, innocent people will be murdered. Those innocent people may be your friends, family or you. How fucking stupid does lighting a candle seem now?



This week on Waldina, I celebrated the birthdays of Suzi Quatro, colleen Dewhurst, Rosalind Russell, Carmen Dell’Orefice, Hedda Hopper, and the 125th anniversary of the Great Seattle Fire.

The Stats:

Views This Week:  449
All Time Views:  115,087
Total Subscribers:  309
Most Popular Post This Week:    The Great Seattle Fire


This week on Wasp & Pear on Tumblr, I posted photographs of creepy vintage images that will haunt your dreams, Lucy and Ethel, vintage mug shots, classic Hollywood, abandoned places, set design still of the classic sitcom Bewitched, Vintage Seattle and iconic stills from North By Northwest.

The Stats:

Posts This Week:  87
All Time Posts:  2,385
Total Subscribers:  176
Most Popular Post:  Meet Paisley Currah


This week I tweeted from @TheRealSPA “Fucking Enough”.

Total Tweets (last 31 days the rest are auto-purged):  323
Total Following:  221
Total Followers:  167

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Rear View Mirror – My Week In Review

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I don’t remember exactly which first record I owned, but the first three were:

Are you watching the British Pathe videos on YouTube? I am overwhelmed with the idea of 85,000 videos at my fingertips. I just randomly choose a few every once in a while. Here is todays:

This week on Waldina, I celebrated a collection of creepy photographs of Easer Bunnies, I listed 18 Secrets of Happy People, and I celebrated the birthday of Karen Von Blixen-Finecke, Richard Avedon and Ellen Barken.

The Stats:

Total Views: 110,793
Views This Week: 975
Total Posts: 1,083
Total Subscribers: 281
Most Popular Post This Week: Rudolph Valentino – Style Icon


This week on Wasp & Pear on Tumblr, I posted posted photographs of abandoned places, classic Hollywood, and vintage Seattle and New York. I cross-posted the art from the blog I manager for Ricardo Romero Cortez Duque.

The Stats:

Total Posts: 2,088
Post This week: 39
Total Followers: 165
Most Popular Post This Week: Puget Sound Lumber Company Mill Fire, May 9, 1930

This week on @TheRealSPA on Twitter, I set up a rule that will delete all tweets older than 30 days, to keep them fresh. I don’t see any need to have a record of every moronic 140 character or less I have ever posted. I highly suggest the same. I used @Tweet_Delete.  I also tweeted this photo:



The Stats:

Following: 315
Followers: 121

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18 Timeless Secrets of Happy People

Remember, it’s Friday.  You have something to be happy about.  Fix your focus.  Do something that will make someone else happy, someone you don’t know.  Smile.  Wait that extra second to hold open a door for someone.  Let someone merge ahead of you.  It is all in your power.  Use it.  If nothing else, watch and share the video at the end of the list.

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It’s common to hear people say that fame only brings unhappiness. Not true! As these wise words from modern and historical celebrities (and a group of happiness scientists) show, they’ve figured out the secrets of happy people and a happy life. Let’s hear it in their own words, shall we?

1. Happiness is who you are

“I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself. For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition”

- Martha Washington

Genuinely happy people have an almost magical ability to stay in good spirits even when there isn’t a great deal to be cheerful about. When happiness is a core aspect of your personality, nothing can force you to be unhappy.

2. Happiness is a choice you make

“I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be.”

- Groucho Marx

The next time you find yourself in a difficult situation, ask yourself this: would you rather have a difficult and unhappy time, or stay happy through the tough times? Your choice.

3. Happiness comes from self-consistency

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”

- Mahatma Gandhi

As any psychologist will tell you, it’s human nature to want your thoughts, words and deeds to be consistent—but you’ll often find yourself trying to fit the mould of what you think other people want instead of being fully and consistently yourself. That leads to conflict in your mind, which leads to a less happy life.

4. Happiness is your responsibility

“Don’t wait around for other people to be happy for you. Any happiness you get you’ve got to make yourself.”

- Alice Walker

There’s nothing more depressing than waiting for the happiness delivery guy. Why? Because he doesn’t exist. Decide to deliver your own happiness, and you can free yourself from a very long wait.

5. Happiness is best served in moderation

“We cannot be happy if we expect to live all the time at the highest peak of intensity. Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance and order and rhythm and harmony.”

- Thomas Merton

Guess what? Spending all your time wishing you were happier will only make you more depressed. Aim for a comfortable day-to-day background level of happiness, rather than a huge blast of ecstatic joy that leaves you feeling wiped out.

6. Happiness is not in your memories

“The first recipe for happiness is: avoid too lengthy meditation on the past.”

- Andre Maurois

Reminiscing about good memories can leave you feeling happy for a while, it’s true, but the source of happiness is now. Dwelling on past happiness doesn’t change today, so stay in the present to make this your happy day. And if you find yourself dwelling on unhappy memories instead, let them go—all they do is keep you from achieving happiness today.

7. Happiness is not in your ambitions

“Future: That period of time in which our affairs prosper, our friends are true and our happiness is assured.”

- Ambrose Bierce

The author of The Devil’s Dictionary, Ambrose Bierce knew exactly how to be happy: simply avoid pinning your hopes on the unpredictable future. (He also knew a lot about sarcasm.) Hopes and ambitions for the future are nice, but being happy in the moment is better.

8. Happiness is contagious

“Whoever is happy will make others happy too.”

- Anne Frank

It’s a fact: smiling at somebody tends to make them feel happier. Laughing has an even stronger effect. So wherever you go, share your happiness with the people you meet, and surround yourself with happy people if you can.

9. Happiness is destroyed by envy

“The talent for being happy is appreciating and liking what you have, instead of what you don’t have.”

- Woody Allen

Nobody who spends their life wishing they had more than they’ve got is ever going to achieve lasting happiness. But if you dial down your sense of envy and entitlement, you’ll be happy more often than not.

10. Happiness can’t be bought

“Money won’t make you happy… but everyone wants to find out for themselves.”

- Zig Ziglar

As a cliche, “you can’t buy happiness” is right up there with classics like “no use crying over spilt milk” or “crime doesn’t pay”, but the reason those cliches are so popular is that they’ve got a big hunk of truth in them, so don’t expect to get happier by spending more money!

11. Happiness can’t be compared

“The man with a toothache thinks everyone happy whose teeth are sound.”

- George Bernard Shaw

Before you make yourself unhappy by fretting that everybody else is happier than you, realise that they’ve all got problems; that’s… well, that’s life, folks. Instead of comparing your happiness to somebody else’s, try comparing it to your saddest moments. Suddenly, things don’t seem so bad after all.

12. Happiness is not on Facebook

“The more they used Facebook… the more their life satisfaction levels declined over time.”

- Ethan Kross et al., in a research paper published by PLOS One

Seriously, did you think all those party photos and excitable status updates meant that everyone’s having a ball? Nope, it just means they post on Facebook when they’re happy because they want to share that happiness (and maybe brag about it just a tiny bit). See happiness secret #11!

13. Happiness is making every day matter

“As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings happy death.”

- Leonardo da Vinci

Inaction rarely makes people happy. We need to feel that our existence has meaning and purpose in order to be happy, so spend each day doing the things that are most important to you.

14. Happiness means knowing what you love

“It’s a helluva start, being able to recognize what makes you happy.”

- Lucille Ball

Let’s face it—if you don’t know what makes you happy it’s about time you started to figure it out. What makes you smile? What leaves you feeling great? Keep on with those things and your happiness will always have fuel.

15. Happiness is a gift. Accept it.

“I must learn to be content with being happier than I deserve.”

- Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Are you cheating yourself out of happiness because you don’t feel you’ve earned it? Breaking news: you don’t have to earn happiness. It’s a gift—from your friends, from strangers, from the universe, from yourself. Give it and accept it freely so there’s always plenty in circulation.

16. Happiness is one side of life’s coin

“Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness.”

- Carl Jung

Nobody can be happy all of the time. If you were, you wouldn’t be able to recognise your happiness because you’d have nothing to compare it to!

17. Happiness is loving (and being loved in return)

“If you get a good wife, you’ll become happy; if you get a bad one, you’ll become a philosopher.”

- Socrates

For most of us, a great deal of life’s happiness comes from being around the people we love, and knowing that they love us right back.

18. Happiness comes when you stop looking for it

“You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.”

- Albert Camus

The quest for happiness is easily confused with the desire for things that we believe might make us happy. On closer inspection, though, some of the happiest people in the world are those who’ve stopped hunting for a magical happiness guarantee, and are simply happy to exist.



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