Weekly I/O #5
We live in a pixel, Being free, Being strange, Quit coffee
“Weekly I/O” is inspired by Shane Parrish’s and Tim Ferris’s weekly newsletter. Haven’t figured out the exact form and purpose of this weekly, so let’s just take it as a writing practice first and we’ll see how it goes.
Here are some thoughts and notes I have this week:
1. Life is a picture, but we live in a pixel.
(From Podcast Not Overthinking #32 Being Weird)
It is easy to look at someone’s life like Mark Zuckerberg and say “Look, you are CEO of Facebook, you must have a great life” because the overseeing is a broad brushstroke picture.
However, on a given day, we actually live in a single pixel and don’t realize when we do theses daydreamings or we compare our lives with others, it is just about the day-to-day experience.
Therefore it’s all about optimizing your pixels rather than optimizing the whole brushstroke picture.
2. The less you need, the freer you are.
(From the concept of Minimalism)
Not sure where I found this quote. Recently, I feel what the concept is not only about something material, but something spiritual. When you have an attachment to other people, you are less free. Similarly, when you feel a need to get to a coffee shop since the vibe there can help you get things done, you are also less free.
This concept can be further extended to the topic of “Free to / Free from”, but I haven’t had a clear point of it.
3. Heuristic: do your friends at school think your path is a bit strange? If not, maybe it’s too normal.
(From Article: Advice written by Patrick Collison
5. I quit coffee for a month. To be honest, nothing has changed. Though a month is not a very long timespan, I probably can conclude that I have no addiction to it 🤗