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On Ask Polly: Why Am I Deathly Afraid of Success?

@rimy not broken link: makecomplete.wordpress.com!

Posted on April 23, 2014 at 6:43 pm 0

On Ask Polly: Why Am I Deathly Afraid of Success?

@mochi I am an INFJ! Her columns resonate with me, too.

Posted on April 23, 2014 at 6:04 pm 0

On Ask Polly: Why Am I Deathly Afraid of Success?

This is so weird. I'm going through this right now, although I'm 25, not 43, and not exactly successful YET but for the first time am sort of on the way there.

Here's another important piece of advice: Don't run around telling a big story about how you're doing this thing now and it's great. You're really doing it! Yeah! But then when someone wants to hear more about it, you'll admit that it's making you super confused and stressed out, because you're ambivalent about this or that aspect of it.

...I am also one for the big telling everyone about my new idea but not actually following through. I am learning to keep things under wraps, though, or at least-- I'm finding an outlet by secretly blogging (ABOUT THIS EXACT THING, god this is weird) over here on my dumb blog. For me, venting to total strangers who won't roll their eyes (or if they do I don't care as much as if it were someone I know well) makes me feel relieved and much more rational about the process.

I literally broke down in tears last night from the pressure of dealing with my tiny little success. I have to learn to pull it together, and like Polly says, take it one step at a time. I'm no big shot or anything, so maybe that's dumb to compare my situation like it's on the same level, but this is SO MUCH something I'm struggling with too.

Posted on April 23, 2014 at 6:01 pm 1

On The 10 Best Music Videos Of 2012 That Are Not Gangnam Style

What about this one.

Posted on December 17, 2012 at 6:01 pm 0

On Talking to the Dead: Channeling William James in Berlin

I read this entire essay(?) and it was great. Sending the author best wishes from here~

Posted on December 11, 2012 at 4:16 pm 0

On My Superpower Is Being Alone Forever: Newly Single

These illustrations are GORGEOUS; now I want to be an illustrator again.

Posted on December 6, 2012 at 2:16 pm 0

On My Extremely Dead Zombie-Vampire Novel

@rimy Could the Awl do a series about business ideas followed through with half-baked effort?

Posted on November 29, 2012 at 2:32 pm 1

On My Extremely Dead Zombie-Vampire Novel

This series is so great.

Posted on November 28, 2012 at 4:09 pm 1

On Is It Acceptable To Have Children?

Last night, chez rimy:

Me to boyfriend: "Why do you want kids?"
"Why? What, why do you think?"
"You tell me!"
"Because I want to... continue my bloodline?"
"Um, ok? How many do you want?"
"...six?"
"SIX??!! oh my god."
"Six sons."
"... .... All sons??!? SIX?"
"I want to have my own mafia."
"Are you fucking kidding me."

Posted on November 21, 2012 at 3:22 pm 1