July 2011 | Hard Digestives

(Cliché alert!)
Oh how time flies!

Now that half of the year is over, would you consider having spent the first half as productive as you would have liked?

I have met a lot of people in their early 20s and one of the many things that concern them is if they have done something significant and or important in their lives. I think it’s a question that can either be easy or hard to answer (depending on your personal ideals).

I’m 21 years old (close to that) and I would like to think that I have done something relevant to the world (or society, or community, whatever). I think we all need some kind of affirmation that we are not useless beings and that somehow we have done something profound that can be attached to our names before we perish. They say people in their early 20s experience quarter life crisis and that it can be the reason why they feel like they have to prove something to the world.

Whether it really is that quarter life crisis thing or whether you’re really concerned with your contributions to the world, we are hoping that the literature pieces and films we have mentioned in this month’s Slate will help us figure a few things out (or at least get us thinking).

Check out the heavy stuff we mentioned in the July section of Slate:

Literature

It doesn’t interest me what planets are squaring your moon…
I want to know if you have touched the centre of your own sorrow
if you have been opened by life’s betrayals
or have become shrivelled and closed from fear of further pain. 

The Invitation
by Oriah Mountain Dreamer

Life is an endless battle and conflict, and you cannot fight effectively unless you can identify your enemies.

33 Strategies of War
by Robert Greene

Film

Ending this post with lines from Everybody’s Free to Wear Sunscreen.

Sometimes you’re ahead, sometimes you’re behind…
the race is long, and in the end, it’s only with yourself.

Don’t feel guilty if you don’t know what you want to do with your life…
the most interesting people I know didn’t know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives,
some of the most interesting 40 year olds I know still don’t.

What ever you do, don’t congratulate yourself too much or berate yourself either –
your choices are half chance, so are everybody else’s.

Watch the video here.

LIVE CREATIVELY | Plan, push, play!
Captain Slate

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