There is something in most people that annoys me. Today, lying by the pool, a group of guys playing loud music and cackling like donkeys annoyed me. People who spit on the streets here in Bangkok and act like they own the pavement annoy me. Loud groups of tourists who leave rubbish around annoy me. […]

Your mama says you’re lazy. Your friends say you’re lazy. You feel lazy. You act lazy. You feel down because you fell into the trap. You agreed with them, and you start to believe it yourself. I’m lazy. It’s true. The poison takes hold. And so you act how you think, and you think how […]

Sometimes, I wish I were a tortoise. Or a horse. Or a lizard. To be human is to be cursed. No other creature can make a mistake,and turn it into a hundred. How silly. To put more into concealing my strangeness,than displaying my coloured wings. To work me up into a hot mess of nerves,Because […]

Writing this article was hard. I’m doing a self-imposed thirty articles in thirty days challenge. Being in the ‘zone’ for writing isn’t always easy. Often, I will feel stuck, bored, restless, and irritable knowing I need to do something that I don’t feel like doing. Sound familiar? Of course it does, you’re human. We get […]

Do you want the absolute best for yourself? I know this has not always been true for me. What if your personal problems — yes, the ones you’re dealing with right now — the anxiety, the character flaws, the struggles with money, the nervous blushing — what if… What if the reason you think of them as problems and continue to […]

Imagine this. You are sitting in the audience as part of a live studio recording for a television talk show. Leading the panel is one of your favourite hosts. He’s why you came today. The cameras are rolling. The lights are bright, and the air is studio-sterile. The debate among the guests is interesting and […]

Jean-Paul Sartre said that “hell is other people.” When I’m surrounded by people with whom I seem to have nothing in common, I’d be quick to agree. All my life, other people have brought me tremendous amounts of stress. They have confused me, irritated me, and stirred up visceral anger in me. When I was […]

“You stupid, dumb fool! What have you done?” How often do you talk to yourself like that? We can get so used to talking this way, we don’t notice how often we do it. Most of us are so brutal to ourselves in thought over so many years, we lose touch with what it’s like […]

My life has featured a lot of unnecessary suffering. Self-conscious. Frustrated. Cynical. In a perpetual state of worry about gaining — and losing — the admiration of others. It took many years to realise that our many forms of mental anguish arise more from our judgement of others than of the perceived judgement others inflict […]

There is a sense of building despair that comes with repeated failures. We feel our spirit drain with every project dropped for a new one; with every ‘mistake’; with every rejection. Failure is good if we view it for the value it holds, yes. But at some point, we need to see some success — […]