“All is a procession, the universe is a procession with measured and perfect motion.”
— Walt Whitman
Here’s your midweek newsletter — a gentle nudge to make your week more interesting, thoughtful and productive.
A 20/20 Vision for The End of 2020
Apologies for the pun. I wanted to begin this thought with a joke that was rampant for years until 2020 arrived. All that feels long ago after this year. This entire year was a shock to most of us. Words would be a waste in describing how this year, our visions for our respective futures were thwarted for a bit. In any case, since this is the last newsletter for this year, I wanted to share just one idea.
To put into context, when this year began, I was working two jobs: one part-time and another full-time. I had also just begun working on Nudge, and I was living a rather fast life. Fast forward to now, I’m in my hometown. I quit one of those jobs, and another ended on its own. I’m still creating content on Nudge, though. Life is much slower now, especially in the dead of winter in a city where nothing ever happens.
Coming back to the meat of the matter, I want to leave you with some perspective for what will happen in the next week or so. In the next week, you’ll see two sides of a spectrum for this very wild year. You’ll see people revelling in how this year changed their lives for the better. You’ll also see people being incredibly sad because it’s been an entire year since their plans for their future were thwarted. So many people have lost so much this year. So many have gained so much this year. Some are in the middle.
The point is: all of those experiences are valid. When you see someone posting how their life changed, and feel a cocktail of negativity, take a deep breath, and be glad that someone had it going for them still. When you judge someone for celebrating just existing, take a deep breath, and be glad that they could still manage to see something positive among their hardships.
If anything makes you uncomfortable, instead of leaving a hateful comment or a sarcastic remark, decide to mute the person for the time being. Don’t signal anything to other people. Don’t tell them “if I could do it, you could do it too”. Don’t tell them they shouldn’t be as happy.
Every human on this planet who is alive right now is living a much different life than you. Yet, there will always be similarities. In this last week, please find the patience to find those similarities. Avoid bundling yourself with either side of the spectrum mentioned above. That’s all I’ll try to do. This year was a good one for me. Yet, I understand that it was abysmal for a lot of people.
Both can exist; both are valid.
To Read: Greatest Poetry Ever Written by Grapevine
“The woods are lovely, dark and deep, But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep.”
Grapevine Publications’ compilation of world-renowned poetry is a book filled with classic poems. You can find almost all the poems you probably read for school too in this too good to be true compilation, in my opinion. I found it to be relaxing to go through this book after reading through much of philosophy, psychology and economics throughout the year. If you’re looking for a light-hearted holiday read, this should be your pick.
What’s On My Mind?
The ever-increasing possibility of what can happen in the near future, all things good and bad, and the ramifications they could have on my life as an individual and those I hold dear. All of that along with the excitement of the unknown!
Quick Update On Nudge › How
Last Sunday on the blog, I touched upon the idea of expertise. I talked about how expertise is a process. By extension, there are no experts. I also talked about how internalising that thought affected my life and my process for creating and learning in two major ways.
Also, as a holiday present for sticking with Nudge in any form, be it social media or this newsletter, I’ll be compiling all the newsletters posted till now with both of their key thoughts into a neat ebook and giving it away for free on the 31st of December. It will be a Gumroad listing listed for free with a pay-if-you-want box. If at any point, you found value in Nudge and want to support it, you can choose to pay anything you feel like for it.
P.S. Nudge will be on break for the first week of next year. The next Midweek Nudge will drop on the 6th of January. That makes this the last newsletter for the year! It’s been a ride, to say the least!
I hope this added some value to your week. Stay safe, stay inspired, happy holidays!