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peternyc:

I have a private Pinterest board titled "30 and Beyond"
It’s filled with images like the above. 
I often get envious with these things. 
I find it hard sometimes to sit and enjoy activities like reading with a simple cup of coffee. Or watching a T.V. show. I get a feeling like I should be doing something. Even when i’m taking a break from my work, I get anxious.
Someone recently asked me what my number was. 
How much in the bank I would want to be “happy”. How much wealth do I want.
I couldn’t answer with a set number. I’ve had high highs and some low lows when it comes to my finances. The only thing money really solves is your money problems. 
I realized that wealth to me mean having free time without feeling guilty. 
Like what I imagine the image above is about.
The best and worst part is, it can’t be bought in a store.
And I probably already have it. Somewhere. 
"We should keep a careful diary of our moments of envy: they are our covert guides to what we should try to do next." - Alain de Botton

peternyc:

I have a private Pinterest board titled "30 and Beyond"

It’s filled with images like the above. 

I often get envious with these things. 

I find it hard sometimes to sit and enjoy activities like reading with a simple cup of coffee. Or watching a T.V. show. I get a feeling like I should be doing something. Even when i’m taking a break from my work, I get anxious.

Someone recently asked me what my number was. 

How much in the bank I would want to be “happy”. How much wealth do I want.

I couldn’t answer with a set number. I’ve had high highs and some low lows when it comes to my finances. The only thing money really solves is your money problems. 

I realized that wealth to me mean having free time without feeling guilty. 

Like what I imagine the image above is about.

The best and worst part is, it can’t be bought in a store.

And I probably already have it. Somewhere. 

"We should keep a careful diary of our moments of envy: they are our covert guides to what we should try to do next." - Alain de Botton

peternyc

What you should not do, I think, is worry about the opinion of anyone beyond your friends. You shouldn’t worry about prestige. Prestige is the opinion of the rest of the world.

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Prestige is like a powerful magnet that warps even your beliefs about what you enjoy. It causes you to work not on what you like, but what you’d like to like.

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Prestige is just fossilized inspiration. If you do anything well enough, you’ll make it prestigious. Plenty of things we now consider prestigious were anything but at first. Jazz comes to mind—though almost any established art form would do. So just do what you like, and let prestige take care of itself.

Prestige is especially dangerous to the ambitious. If you want to make ambitious people waste their time on errands, the way to do it is to bait the hook with prestige. That’s the recipe for getting people to give talks, write forewords, serve on committees, be department heads, and so on. It might be a good rule simply to avoid any prestigious task. If it didn’t suck, they wouldn’t have had to make it prestigious.

Paul Graham (via peternyc)