When I was in the second grade, I reported a boy named Adrian to the bully box. I grabbed a piece of paper, wrote down the problem, and then slipped it into the box while staring him in the eye.
What was the problem? He wasn’t actually bullying me. He was just really annoying. He kept singing the Itsy-Bitsy Spider, and my seven-year-old self was losing her mind.
Even at seven I’d heard the joke too many times: “Your name’s Itxy? Like the Itsy-Bitsy-Spider?”
“Yes,” I’d say through gritted teeth. “Just like that.”
Sadly, the X in my name throws…
Let’s be real. You’re going to forget you read this article in a few hours. But. If you clicked it’s because you want to know how you can start improving your life. So let’s make an agreement:
Ten habits are actually a lot of changes to take on at once. All of these took me multiple months and tries to cement into my life, but it’s worth the work and worth starting now. You’re going to fail and screw up before you finally succeed, but…
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My grandpa had a stroke ten years ago. He spent days in the hospital, and one of my tias (aunt, in Spanish) visited him every day.
My tia is one of the funniest people I know — she pulls jokes out of thin air and pulls pranks that always end, “Ay, tia.” She gets along with everyone, from the employees at the grocery store to my cousin’s twelve-year-old friends.
It didn’t take long before she became a light in my grandpa’s shared hospital room. She started talking to the other patients and made them laugh every night. Eventually, word started…
The peak of the mountain. The edge of the world. It’s what lots of dreamers and creators strive for. We want the thousands of dollars in our bank account, the house with the pool and six rooms, the marquee with our names on the front.
Many people want these milestones so much that we accidentally attach everything to them: our self-worth, our happiness, even our eyes. We become so focused on the prize we can’t see what’s right in front of us — and that’s a problem.
I talk to people who can’t wait to “reach their goals” or “live…
I opened my eyes and the first thing I thought was: Oh, God. What time is it? I vaguely remembered having already turned off my alarm, but clearly, I’d fallen back asleep.
When I checked the clock — 8:30, an hour later than my usual wake-up time — I groaned and threw my head back on the pillow. I reached for my phone, immediately reasoning that I’d check it quickly. I texted my friends back, scrolled through social media, and checked my email. “Quickly” had turned into fifteen minutes. …
Hello, my name is Desiree Peralta, I am 23 years old and I am a software developer. I live in the Dominican Republic, and my first language is Spanish.
The following is an interview with Desiree Peralta
I joined Medium in April 2020 because of a YouTube video of Shelby Church. The lockdown was recently and I was looking for ways to keep my mind busy, and when I saw that video, I was surprised that people can actually make money by writing online. …
My mind can untangle and spiral like a yo-yo if I let it. One thought can easily lead to morbid or anxious thoughts, especially in the middle of the night (which, thanks to my bladder, happens often).
I used to let it happen because I didn’t realize it was a problem. Daily, my thoughts would messily unravel like a cassette tape. My showers — the place with no distractions — became a place where my dark thoughts could come out and play in the water.
A bad writing day would lead to insecure thoughts that made me want to curl…
Books that make my heart ache in good and bad ways, that give me all the feelings, are what I consider great books. Because that’s why we all read, right? To feel deeply. Love, joy, anger, melancholy. It doesn’t matter what the feeling is as long as it’s different from what we feel now.
The following four books made me feel all of those emotions, and more.
Emily is a writer. In a parallel universe, she imagines herself to be a caricaturist or a botanist or somewhere asleep on the moon. But here, she is a writer. Armed with an astrophysics degree, a Paperchase pen and a box of Leibniz biscuits. She can often be found roaming any supermarket biscuit aisle or, alternatively, avoiding the book she’s writing to overshare on Twitter at @emwilcoxwrites. You can sign up to the newsletter that she hasn’t even made yet (with her business boy Loudt Darrow) here.
The following is an interview with Emily Wilcox.
In terms of regular people…