In high school, we used to study the concept of freedom in Literature class and that one random course that mixed Philosophy and Psychology.
Bulgarian literature is the other side of Bulgarian history. Arguably, it tells you more about Bulgaria than history could. Five centuries of Ottoman rule spanned hundreds of poems, short stories, essays, memoirs, and novels about the life and feelings of my people. In class, we discussed those pieces of our heritage with somber awareness of the psychological and emotional torment, created by the lack of freedom. Those classes always ended with a sigh of relief that…
Every skill is learned through practice — repetition of an action with the goal of improvement. Practice allows us to perform the skill with more ease, confidence, speed, and attention to detail.
As we practice, we notice the improvement in our abilities. What we cannot notice is that our bodies are changing on a cellular level the more we practice. Those changes are the physical representation of getting better at things. Proper practice triggers those changes.
There are two kinds of neural tissue in the brain — grey matter on the outside and white matter on the inside. Grey matter…
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Today is my 25th birthday and I can’t help the contemplative mood mixed in with my intense need to party. Since partying to my fullest abilities is not an option, I'm spending the evening vibing to my favorite music, dancing in my seat, drinking, and writing about some of the things I've learned in my life so far, and a few I haven't yet. Seems like a good enough way to celebrate my birthday.
Just like most teenagers and young adults, I experience these kinds of pressure. There is an urgency to perform, to be more like my peers. It’s…
I’m the type of person that feeds off of progress and the moment I feel like I'm not making any progress, my motivation drains away. I’m also the type of person to get ahead of myself and take on so many things at once that making progress is impossible. In other words, I self-sabotage by default. You'd think realizing that would make me stop cramming tasks into my daily schedule like there’s no tomorrow, but it doesn't. That’s why I catch myself doing little things that stilt not just palpable progress but also my mental health, in some ways.
I’ve started drawing and painting over the past couple of months and it’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. It’s freeing, stimulating, and relaxing at the same time. I’ve started seeing the world around me differently, noticing details I usually don’t such as the value of shadows and how vary as the day progresses and the light changes or the basic shapes and slopes of people and objects.
I like to think I’ve made good progress with art. Holding a pencil feels natural and I’m reaching for the eraser a lot less often. Drawing from reference is easier…
The sand dipped beneath her bare feet caressing her ankles. The wind was darting past her face and entwined her stands in a fiery dance, but he was cold. Absent was the warm gentle breeze her thin dress anticipated. Instead of giving tenderness he blew the flimsy fabric against her legs and whipped at her pale skin until it tinged with pink. He made her tremble. He compelled her to go back, to shelter herself from him, to be safe. She had no desire to be safe — that was the reason she had gone to the coast.
Anxiety is a widespread debilitating mental illness that most of us are familiar with. As of 2017, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, 40 million people worldwide suffer from anxiety but only 37% seek help. Anxiety disorders are highly treatable, either through medication or lifestyle changes. Anxiety disorders commonly revolve around a fear related to the future and make people avoid activities that can bring them closer to specific events that cause the anxiety and anything else that could trigger a stress response.
Anxiety is prominent in our daily lives and can even constitute itself in habits that…
My mind wanders ‘round a forest of questions. Scary things live there.
Uncertainty. Doubt. Guilt. Unfading memories.
They can be terrifying in the darkness that unanswered questions brings. Turn. Try to run. But it‘s too dark. The veil is too thick. One simply bumps into those apparitions. Or smashes into them. They gain completion.
I find those creatures uglier in luminescence. They stare into your eyes and all mistakes surround your senses.
Event. Mischance. Emotions. Reasons.
They greet me on the street. They pass me by. I just keep walking. They appear in a song and…
I don‘t want to be your knight in shining armor;
I don‘t want to be the one to save your life.
I don‘t want to listen to your laughter
As you run back to your lover.
I don‘t want the praise, the gratitude, the glamour
Because I gave you to your lover.
Come to aid you? — I did not
And though the beast is dead by now
More monstrous you are
With that sun-bright smile
And those lovely eyes.
You are stomping on my heart
But to hate you I cannot.
For that, I‘d rather let you die,
But then I wouldn‘t bear walk the earth
And that is why I err…