You can change what you want about yourself at any time. You see yourself as someone who can’t write or play an instrument, who gives in to temptation or makes bad decisions, but that’s really not you. It’s not ingrained. It’s not your personality. Your personality is something else, something deeper than just preferences, and these details on the surface, you can change anytime you like.
If it is useful to do so, you must abandon your identity and start again. Sometimes, it’s the only way.
Set fire to your old self. It’s not needed here. It’s too busy shopping, gossiping about others, and watching days go by and asking why you haven’t gotten as far as you’d like. This old self will die and be forgotten by all but family, and replaced by someone who makes a difference.
Your new self is not like that. Your new self is the Great Chicago Fire—overwhelming, overpowering, and destroying everything that isn’t necessary."
Julien Smith, The Flinch (via evad-e)
I’m in the middle of this process. Sometimes I feel like I’m dragged back to the comfort of the familiar, but more and more I’m realizing that I don’t really want that.
Also “Set fire to your old self. It’s not needed here.” is an absolutely amazing line. That’s so dead on right now. Love it.
I blocked a handful of sites in order to be more productive, and I thought I put tumblr in the “20 minutes every 24hrs” section…but apparently I didn’t, so it’s totally blocked. So I went in to try to edit my list and I had to type some crazy long code and it told me I did it wrong, so I just gave up. Then I realized I could just open it in Firefox (I’m only locked out on Chrome)- so I’ll probably do that every now and then.
…so I guess I’ll only get on Tumblr like once a week now and end up missing lots of cool stuff. …oops?
— Mark Boyle (via awelltraveledwoman)