The typical association with parasocial relationships, where let’s say you as the reader don’t personally know me as the writer but assume we have a special sort of relationship because you’ve read my writings and have peered into what I’ve told you about myself, is negative. I think there are positives. The primary positive is figuring out your own values as applied to others. The primary negative, then, would be projecting yourself onto other people.
One month into taking the high blood pressure beta-blocker Propranolol, I’m finally seeing the long-term benefits. I’ve always felt anxious. It’s not that those feelings have gone away like when I’ve taken benzodiazepines. It’s just the biggest spikes have calmed down. Unlike the anti-depressants I’ve taken that have given me severe depression, here, I’m just not controlled by the largest spikes of anxiety or depression that always used to inhibit my thoughts toward progressing forward.
I think, secretly, we worry too much about what we think others think of us. What if we accepted ourselves for ourselves, what we look like, and our flaws? This would undermine many organizations – materialism, pharmaceuticals, fashion – and help us feel better. What if you like wearing a shirt that has a hole in it and no one cared about that hole? You wouldn’t need to buy a new shirt. Why not try that lifestyle?
How do you balance your professional work with your personal work? Do you shelve your personal work when things get professionally hectic? Do you take a “personal day” off from your professional work to catch up on your personal work? For me, writing is my one true goal, so I must do it daily. There are no compromises. Writing for other people used to count toward my goals. Not anymore! I work for myself daily.
What’s the best gift you can give someone? Something that captures the essence of your relationship in a single object, experience, or meal? Shouldn’t it be a hand-made object that conveys a certain degree of effort and time, which fully expresses the value they’ve brought to your life? Anything else would be rude, right? Considering how often the gifts we give or even receive become common or discarded, shouldn’t we find gifts with more meaning?
To open one door, you must usually close another door. We often want to cheat the system and keep both doors open as long as possible, maybe because we can’t fully accept choosing one path, but what does that accomplish but ensure we can’t pass through either door? John and Trishna conclude their week-long vacation visiting family in Sindia before starting the College Arc of “The Story” not wanting to pass through those “farewell” doors.
I get the most anxious when I strive to achieve something but have no room for intolerable failure. It’s fine when there’s an acceptable tolerance for failure; things just break. However, when it seems like there is no tolerance for failure, that’s when my pulse weakens and my senses overextend. John [left] and Trishna [right] will face plenty of anxieties in “The Story,” but how they handle certain conflicts will be interesting and perhaps helpful.
Spoilers?: Minor (minor character musings)
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