Designing a Life

I find it unfortunate that you don't get a blank slate when you become an adult. Well, while your legal records might get a soft reset once you turn 18, everything that you've lived through up to this point -- the poor habits, traumatic¬†experiences and negative emotions -- continue to bog you down later in… Continue reading Designing a Life

Relativity of Pain

Several years ago, a friend of mine crossed paths with a man who was paralyzed from the neck down, the result of an attempted suicide from a highway overpass. In their brief conversation, the man told his story about how and why he decided to end his life following an unfortunate breakup, one that had… Continue reading Relativity of Pain

Dear (Younger) Lawrence,

This is one of many letters I'm going to write to my high school self. This is a letter I wish I had gotten in the mail as I started my summer leading up to college. This is a letter I'm writing in hopes of helping someone else transition from being tucked under the protective… Continue reading Dear (Younger) Lawrence,

Dear Elijah,

Nothing in today's world beats the feeling of opening your mailbox and seeing it filled with colorful envelopes, addressed anywhere from California to Riga, the capital of Latvia. You can learn the experiences of people from all over the globe. All it takes is 49 cents to mail a letter to anywhere in the United States,… Continue reading Dear Elijah,

The Happy Pills

After seeing a seemingly endless number of therapists, I was convinced that I needed medications to feel good, to feel like a normal person again. Merely talking to someone about how I felt and my problems just didn't seem to be getting results, which led me to think, ‚Äúpeople smoked to get high and drank… Continue reading The Happy Pills

Hollow Shells

The average human brain weighs about 3 pounds; in North America, the average human weighs around 180 pounds. Take a moment to consider that an organ that makes up less than 2% of your body's mass has control over absolutely everything. Those trillions of neural connections communicating with each other that allows the human mind… Continue reading Hollow Shells