21 Privileges You Probably Don’t Realize You Have

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1. If this morning you woke up and sat through a day of work that you hate, because you have a job, and you’re not numb yet. Becoming indifferent is what you have to worry about.

2. If you are upset by something, because it means that it means something to you, and what more can you ask for in life aside from something you give a damn about?

3. If you are lucky enough to have all of your arms and legs. Seriously think about what your life would be like if you were missing a limb.

4. The fact that you’re reading this right now… it means that a) you can read and b) you have an internet connection which makes you richer and luckier than many, many people in the world.

5. If you ate something today. Just take a minute to think of all the people…

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Snapshots Of Being In Love With You

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When you got up from the brunch table to use the bathroom and made a joke about how you were never coming back and as I watched you move away I thought about how some day you might get cancer or bad depression that makes you push me away and how I will love you just as much through whatever befalls you.

When you rolled over in the night and put a comforting hand on my back like you often do as though you’re trying to subconsciously show me that you’re there, and your fingers were twitching rhythmically and I wondered if you were playing the piano or typing something in your dreams. I wanted to know which song you were playing or who was receiving your furious email.

When you had a fantastic day at work and told me in earnest you wanted to celebrate by putting on your…

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FAQs For Figuring Yourself Out In Your 20s

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Read FAQs Re: Friendship In Your 20s here.

Q: Will I ever figure myself out?

A: “Figuring yourself out” is a cliche notion that you probably haven’t thought very hard about. Think for a second and try to define what “figuring yourself out” would look like. Does it look like enlightenment? Does it look like endless unmitigated joy? Does it look like no mistakes, no anger, no discontent, no conflict? These are not realistic scenarios. What realization could you possibly have that will solve the riddle of your confusion? What golden nugget of wisdom could you possibly construct that will consolidate your emotions into manageable sources of information? What could you possibly do so that you will have a handle on everything, so that you will know everything? It’s tempting to believe that there is an answer, a key to the whole disorganized mess of how you view your…

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10 Bizarre Wikipedia Pages That Will Make You Quit The Internet Today

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I should not use Wikipedia while drinking.

We all know that drunken Wikipedia always starts innocently enough, with an innocuous question like Did the ‘89 Mets make the playoffs? (no) or What’s the freaking deal with woodpeckers, anyway? (they’re just dicks). Unfortunately, what should be a quick search for a little bit of informationrapidly descends into an unabated journey through a series of increasingly interesting, unreliable, and obscure Wikipedia pages.

You get sucked in.

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Eventually, what started off with you checking if one of the brothers in The Jackson 5 was named Frank has turned into three hours of researching dinosaurs and leper colonies. In other words, you have entered what I like to think of as a Wikipedia Black Hole.

The other night, what began as a slightly intoxicated perusal of Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s Wikipedia page wound up robbing me of an entire night. Unsurprisingly, the more I…

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This Is Your Brain On Adventure

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They gave me this drug once. It was called “adventure”. It was injected, a bite, into my brain and filled every cortex, every lobe, every bit of matter. It choked me. It changed me.

This is your brain on adventure. This is your brain when you’re lost in the world.

There’s no seeing the sunrise.

You smell the sunrise. It brings you back to life like a blade of grass woken by the morning dew. Your insides are stroked by the gentle graze of air when you open your arms wide to hug the world’s intangible breath. And you do hold it, the Earth’s elusive exhale, when you close your eyes on top of a peak and let the wind blow you away. Whether an old relic becomes shiny and new again because you see it for the first time or whether your mind is lost in the sunset playing…

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10 Things That Will Change How You Handle Your Quarter Life Crisis

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1. At one point or another, we’re all treading water. We’d rather exhaust ourselves to death than sink. But what’s funny about that fear is that after you sink, you naturally float to the surface again. And that’s what happens with the things that we are most affected by, the things that haunt us for the longest time.

2. There is not as much mystery in life as we like to think. We often predict things long before they happen, and pieces of who we will become are always showing themselves to us. Feeling lost is only a matter of not looking around. We’re never too far gone, no matter how much it may seem that way.

3. Pain does not last very long at all– no matter how profound an event is in your life. It is the implications that we assume the event will create that affect us…

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I’ve Known You For So Long

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I took an individually wrapped toothpick from the stack as we walked out of the restaurant onto Hudson Street. I knew you would want it.

“How did you know I’d want this?”

“Well, don’t you?”

“A toothpick, you kidding me?”

I knew you would want it, because I’ve known you for so long.

I know I can wash my feet at your apartment without having to explain myself. On separate occasions, I have sent you a bouquet of freshly sharpened pencils, a scene from Black Swan as written by Nora Ephron, and a pair of red adult-sized footy pajamas. I didn’t worry you’d think it was weird. I never worry you will think I’m weird, because I’ve known you for so long.

I know you will fall asleep with a book on your chest every night. I know you need to put on your glasses to hear me better. I…

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