Midweek Nudge #54

“The next generation will always surpass the previous one. It’s one of the never-ending cycles in life.”

— Masashi Kishimoto

Hi there!

Here’s your gentle nudge to make your week more interesting, thoughtful and productive. You can always talk to me more about these ideas by replying to this email.

On Guilt-Free Breaks

Something I’ve always been terrible at is taking guilt-free breaks. The idea of cutting myself some slack has always been everyone’s peak recommendation. At the same time, it has always been super outlandish to me. I don’t know if it’s conditioning, my innate sense of responsibility or maybe a fear of falling back into my old self. Of course, the countless cliches about not pouring from an empty cup or whatnot don’t usually drive the point home for me. Most of my breaks are about finding the best way to get most of what I usually get done while life is not in its usual mode.

I’m learning that something to understand with breaks is that life is never the same, no matter how much we try. There’s always a break in sight. Usually, life pushes one on us in the form of unexpected issues, a burnout situation, etc. Then, eventually, we adapt and bounce back into our regular life. Instead of waiting for that to happen, it might be a good idea to give ourselves guilt-free breaks now and then.

When we change our lives temporarily in manageable ways, i.e. breaks that we take ourselves, it’s rather easy to get back to the normal context. This is the big realisation for this week.

What’s On My Mind?

About how each generation almost as a rule is meant to surpass the previous one. I saw a five-year-old kid learning German on Duolingo the other day. It blew my mind!

I hope this added some value to your week. Stay safe, stay inspired, and I’ll talk to you next week.


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