Thursday, February 2, 2023

Amor Fati

Love your fate. 

This central tenant of Stoicism, the most useful Western philosophy in my opinion, is about embracing whatever life throws your way. 

External forces outside of your control don't dictate how you feel. Your thinking, how you interpret and respond to the the things outside of your control, does, which in turn shapes your reality. 

Accepting the "bad" with the "good" positively reframes your experiences. 

The only quote from Mark Manson's The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck that's stuck with me for several years after reading it is this:

"Wanting a positive experience is itself a negative experience."

To me, that's incredibly profound. 

Accepting your fate, no matter what it entails, will make you happier. 

Even if that fate is being trapped in Punxsutawney, PA by a blizzard to replay the same day over and over and over again...

Happy Groundhog Day!   


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