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Own Your Life

On Tynan

One of the great sacrifices of subjecting kids to school is that it trains them to ask for permission for everything, from turning in work late, to changing to a different class, to more mundane things like going to the bathroom. It's a tradeoff, of course: condition kids to seek permission for everything, and by doing so enable a system to exist where they receive an education.

Maybe that's a worthwhile tradeoff, and maybe it's not. But the real harm in it, in my opinion anyway, is that when we leave school, we're still in the habit of asking permission for everything. That's dangerous.

A manifestation of this that I come across with frequently is the questions that people send me by email. Here's a paraphrased template, which covers a good 60%+ of the emails I get from strangers:

What is my life about?

On Julien Campion (EN)

It's Tuesday evening and I still haven't written a post for this week. I thought about writing posts one week in advance but my brain doesn't seem to happily agree with that decision. What a surprise.

Anyway, as I was looking for a topic to write about I thought I'd share my perspective on life. Partly because, as this blog is in its infancy, I think I could introduce myself more, and also partly because I didn't find a good enough topic for a blog post yet. :)

So what I want to describe here is hard to define. I guess that could be defined as how I see my life in general.

I don't know when this habit started, but what I often do when I get a moment to spare, alone with my thoughts (like during my daily commute to school), is I look at the day that elapsed and my life in general.

What did I do today? What could I have done better? How can I move towards my goals, and how will I organize my actions tomorrow to do so?

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