Every headache is a potential brain tumor and each new freckle might be malignant melanoma -- this is how my brain works. I don't run to the doctor over every ache and bump but I'm quick to climb the crazy tree with my good friend 'what-if.'
It started with my own painful wakeup call. On the morning of April 6, 2007, I was lying on the floor of my home office in a pool of blood. On my way down, my head had hit the corner of my desk, cutting my eye and breaking my cheekbone.
I was having a bit of a quarter-life crisis recently, and just needed to take a step back and travel across the US. The plan was to meet as many interesting people as I could along the way, to interview them, and hopefully figure out my own life by learning about theirs.
The more I've listened to 25, the more I've uncovered gems. Hidden in these 11 new songs are crucial, no BS life lessons, or pieces of tough love, I believe everyone needs to hear and have reinforced from time to time.
At 80 years of age, my dad's had his share of hard knocks, from losing a son after a long battle with mental illness to supporting another adapt to life in a wheelchair. Yet while I'm clearly biased, I believe he's one of the most loving and lovable men you'd ever meet.
"Beauty is far more than what's on the outside. Beauty is what's inside of you. It's your values. It's your morals. Those are things that actually carry you through life, not the outward appearance or the pretty hair or the pretty skin. ... Work and master what's on the inside of you."
You've got to accept that you are a woman in a man's world. And then, you've got to work harder and longer hours and dedicate yourself to being the best at what you're doing. You can't look back; you can't look forward. You've got to live every day and plan for tomorrow.
When it comes to bettering yourself in some way, your overall success can ultimately be attributed to a series of small initiatives. Breaking your plan down into gradual steps -- rather than jumping in head first -- can allow you to perceive the goal as more realistic or achievable.