It takes the whole of life to learn how to live, and—what will perhaps make you wonder more—it takes the whole of life to learn how to die.
—Seneca, On the Shortness of Life

All things are difficult before they are easy.

Events, like money, compound. And the central feature of compounding is that it’s never intuitive how big something can grow from a small beginning.

 Morgan Housel · 

“Is it so shocking that a caste-based society that exalts individualism and prioritizes profit above wellness — one of the only industrialized nations without universal health care — would fail to rise to the challenges of a collective health crisis?

Sarah Smarsh is the author of “Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke In the Richest Country on Earth.”

The first thing to do—don’t get worked up. For everything happens according to the nature of all things, and in a short time you will be nobody and nowhere.

The next thing to do—consider carefully the task at hand for what it is, while remembering that your purpose is to be a good human being.

—Marcus Aurelius,
Meditations, 8.5

Viruses do not eat or burn oxygen for energy. They do not engage in any process that could be considered metabolic. They do not produce waste. They do not have sex.They make no side products, by accident or design. They do not even reproduce independently. They are less than a fully living organism but more than an inert collection of chemicals.

… a virus has only one function: to replicate itself. But unlike other life forms (if a virus is considered a life form), a virus does not even do that itself. It invades cells that have energy and then, like some alien puppet master, it subverts them, takes them over, forces them to make thousands, and in some cases hundreds of thousands, of new viruses.

from The Great Influenza, by John M. Barry

Life makes no sense until it’s over.

Most human suffering is self-inflicted. And they’re all masochists.

Him: What did she say?

Her: She said you were a B-hole.

Him: A B-hole?

Her: Not even good enough to be an A-hole.

Him: What did you say?

Her: Oh, I disagreed.

A father told me how he observed that his 9-year-old skateboarding son would always pause for several seconds before going over the edge and down the highest drops.

He asked his son, “Why do you pause?”

“I’m waiting for my stomach to get warm.”

Not long after, the father noticed his son’s pauses at the top of the drop were much shorter, not much longer than taking a slow breath. He asked the boy, why?

“I don’t have to wait now. I know how to make my stomach warm.”

The father asked, “How did you learn to do that?”

“I don’t know.”

According to the International Listening Association, humans listen at 125-250 words per minute, and think at 1,000-3,000 words per minute.

Humans forget that every age they’ve been is still inside them.

Colonoscopy is one of those words that when spoken aloud will be heard in the loudest of parties.

Needless to say.

Here goes nothing.

You must be present to win.

Humans often forget who they were before they became who they are.

Life only makes sense in obituaries and novels. While alive, it’s just one thing leads to another. Then you’re dead. Which, like a period, makes it a sentence.