As of this past Wednesday, I am one year older. I dread it every year because I hate birthdays. I hate it because I don’t like the attention nor do I like getting one year older. 

I don’t have any problems with getting older, but it’s just another day like New Year’s where it forces me to reflect on the past 365 days.

Did I do anything good with my life this past year?

Did I contribute anything useful to society?

How are my relationships with my friends and family?

And it bums me out if there are things I wasn’t happy about. 

I know I should use these negative things and find ways to turn them around but one of my flaws is focusing on the negative a little too much.

I know this isn’t anything new and it’s something I've been struggling with for a long time now.

I just need to focus on the positive and the long road ahead instead of the shitty things that bring me down.

Side note: I just launched my very own Patreon! There are a few different tiers to choose from and you can get things like an extra podcast episode a month, pre-order my next book, and even get a quarterly zine. Please check it out and support if you have a few extra dollars. Every cent goes back into the podcast and this newsletter. 


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