What’s your dream? Imagine never realising it. What’s your goal? Imagine never achieving it. Who do you love? Imagine they left you (or died). What are you grateful for? Imagine you lost it all. – If the worst came to the worst… (& The Philosophy of: The School of Life)

It may not be useful, or a life worth living, if you go about your usual day imagining the worst is going to happen. That sounds like a bullshit kind of life. But imagining tragedy–the things you most don’t want to– can lead to you being prepared for (and happy …

The Stoicism of: The Onion – On Trials, challenges, life, death, good times and bad (and hot and cold showers).

Though at first this article seems like The Onion are taking the piss out of (and they might be) Stoic approaches to misfortune, trials, life, death, gratitude, nature and the indifference of the universe, and good and bad times (and even taking cold showers) reveals itself as you peel the layers, much like …

The Philosophy of: Little Miss Sunshine (& Marcel Proust) – The meaning of life lies in the tough times, the trials and the suffering (& acting like a kid)

Though the fun times in life can be cruisy and comfortable, it’s the challenges that make you who you are. And they make you enjoy the good times (and be able to create joy in any situation) because you don’t need them, you don’t rely on them always being there, you …

If something shitty happens to you, is it possible to stop yourself and think: ‘Maybe this’ll turn out to be the best thing that ever happened to me’?

It’s the most challenging and trying times that change us in the most positive ways (if dealt with head on). They make us stronger, and more capable to deal with future shitty things that happen. Greatness can be experienced in the good things, and Growth and improvement come from shit things. …

The philosophy of: The 1975-The Sound (& Kanye West) – Facing your flaws, weaknesses and faults builds strength. Distracting and deluding yourself makes you vulnerable and fragile (+ my experiment doing the opposite of Kanye).

Kanye has this picture on his living room wall: And it’s there because as he says, ‘Well, I gotta cheer for me before anyone else can cheer for me.’ But isn’t that relying on something else, something out of your control, to give you self worth? Say the picture gets …

The philosophy of: Gang of Youths ‘Go Farther in Lightness’ pt.1 – Persevere (also pt.1)

You are unfortunate in my judgement, if you have not been unfortunate. – Seneca, from On Providence I don’t know how to describe how flippin’ brilliant Gang of Youths are and how bloody excellent their latest album is. So I’ll just demonstrate with a real life story, written in a way …