Optimizer, Optimist, and Humble Observer of Humans
Yo yo — pleasure to introduce myself to you. My name is Carter and I’m 22 years old, about 35 at heart, and I’m obsessed with the human condition. There’s nothing more fascinating to me than being alive, and I’ve spent much of my time thus far trying to figure out how to do that in the best way. I’ve learned a lot along the way and realized I have a gift in my willingness to experiment on myself and communicate that with others.
Wow has it really been 2 months since I last wrote? That’s too long. Shame on me.
Anyway, I’m back! I’ve been peen pressing myself to write lately and had been disappointed every Sunday night when I realized I let another weekend go by without putting pen to paper (or finger to key). Ironically, it took some thinking on my lack of creative inspiration at a bar last weekend to figure out what I wanted to write about next — inspiration. I know, genius.
In my late-night, beer aided scribblings, I began toying with a concept I’d heard from one…
Anyone who knows me even remotely well knows that I like to talk about meditation. It was a huge part of my self-discovery journey in college and something I tried to get anyone I talked to to try out. For context, I started meditating the Fall of my Sophomore Year (which now feels like 2 lifetimes ago), a habit which I built and built over nearly 2 years of committment and dedication. I meditated every weekday and most weekends, always at my college’s meditation center, either as a participant or leader of a session, straight from that Fall in 2017…
“Being alone for a while is dangerous. It’s addicting. Once you see how peaceful it is, you don’t want to deal with people anymore.”
~ Tom Hardy
Flash back to August 2020.
Within the growing uncertainty around the world regarding where we were in the pandemic timeline, I knew one thing for sure: I was sick of being at home.
Obviously no knock to my family here, but after 5 months of quarantining together, I needed a break. Luckily, with my work start date right around the corner, I had a good excuse to get some space. …
Why You Need to Trick Yourself Into Living Well
It’s always someone else’s fault. No, seriously.
Something I’ve been wrestling with lately is the extent to which our own biology shapes how we build societies.
I moved to New York City in November and have been doing a lot of walking around, exploring the various neighborhoods and trying to get as much of a glimpse of the culture as I can (albeit through a mask). Just today, I was out in shorts for a while in Central Park, and began to turn back as I got cold.
On my walk…
For those of you who have spoken to me for more than 5 minutes, you’ll know I consider myself an avid minimalist and a shameless plugger of the lifestyle. As expected, I’ve been trying to figure out how to craft a post around minimalism for a while. I’ve dabbled in pieces regarding the practice in the digital sphere quite a few times, but never fully ventured into a real-life centered post yet. Well, just as the year’s changed, so has my willingness to really think on why minimalism appeals to me so much.
I inadvertently discovered minimalism as a survival…
I’ll keep this short — for anyone looking for something to pass the time with this holiday season, here’s a list of what I’ve been into lately.
The only time I almost got into a fight was in 2nd/3rd grade with a friend of mine named Devon — we were running around playing tag, and I mocked Devon for stopping to catch his breath (he had asthma). Super shitty of me, I know. Even worse was that Devon was one of my best friends at the time and moved the year after; Devon, if you’re reading this, I’m sorry.
Anyway, after my taunt, he got up into me and we started pushing and shoving, and teachers had to separate us to prevent things from going any further…
As a Georgetown graduate, I’m well-versed in acronyms. EVERYTHING on campus had one, from the buildings you had classes in to the clubs you were a part of. It honestly seemed at times like the school was just trying to make new acronyms up to challenge themselves (@GUASFCU). I thought leaving the Hilltop was the end of acronyms in my life.
I was wrong.
I originally wrote this in early September after 3 weeks on the job, and now 4 months in, I that I have to say is even more relevant. …
I used to hate supermarket shopping.
I could never get around why people liked it so much. I get easily overwhelmed by excess options (which explains my love of minimalism), so every time I walked in between those aisles, I felt ten million different things calling to me at once. In a weird way, I routinely left disappointed in myself for ending up with more than I came in to buy.
Funny how a pandemic changes your opinion on things.
Now, I look forward to supermarket shopping more than about anything else. Beyond the relief I get from leaving the…