Doing the things that matter to you

This video  with author Neil Gaiman is incredibly inspiring about doing the things that matter to you.

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Some Highlights: 

“If you don’t know it’s impossible, it’s easier to do.”

“Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can.

“The moment that you feel that, just possibly, you’re walking down the street naked, exposing too much of your heart and your mind and what exists on the inside, showing too much of yourself. That’s the moment you may be starting to get it right.”

“May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget to make some art — write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.”

“Go and make interesting mistakes.”

 

Happiness or Meaning?

A very interesting read on living a meaningful life rather than living in the endless pursuit of happiness.

Some Highlights:

“Leading a happy life, the psychologists found, is associated with being a “taker” while leading a meaningful life corresponds with being a “giver.” “

“It is the very pursuit of happiness that thwarts happiness.” – Victor Frankl

“…the pursuit of meaning is what makes human beings uniquely human. By putting aside our selfish interests to serve someone or something larger than ourselves — by devoting our lives to “giving” rather than “taking” — we are not only expressing our fundamental humanity, but are also acknowledging that that there is more to the good life than the pursuit of simple happiness.”