These Guys Are Resilient AF

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Sup mate! Vincent here.

Today I wanted to give a quick shoutout to a brand that I’ve been following for a month or two. I subscribed to their mailing list to keep up with their news and upcoming kickstarter campaign (and yeah, also because they are shipping free skateboards for a few lucky winners). But more importantly, I wanted to make a post about them because they recently showed great sense of resilience, and that’s what we’re about on here.

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So basically, they had released their first kickstarter campaign a few days ago and, from my PoV – even though I have no clue about their business plan or any cost whatsoever for what they’re doing, OBVIOUSLY -, they received quite a decent amount of support plus their two showcased main products (the electric skateboards Serpent-C and Serpent-W) were appearing at a surprisingly affordable/cheap price in comparison to some other famous electric boards out there.

However, just before I could even consider placing a pledge and cherish the idea of acquiring one of these, I received this mail from them:

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How. Flipping. Great.

So basically, instead of just pursuing their initial strategy the stubborn way, they chose to shutdown the page, take the minimal risk of losing some support, start over to come back stronger and take the chance to reach their maximal results, how cool is that ?
There might be thousands of examples like them, of people choosing to change their plans to become better versions of themselves or put in work daily to deliver the best shape of an idea / project by facing the shit or the unexpected.

Sometimes we need to realize that the contingency of sacrifice can be wholly part of your process and that this ability to mutate into something more accurate regarding your potential and people’s feedback can be a key to success. Changing your mind is not a big deal, even if you have thousands of customers. It’s no big deal since you do it for the good and that’s precisely what I think these guys are doing.

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Beware, I’m not advising anyone to change their mind every time they want to please somebody. There’s no secret rule about that and this is not what resilience means. Actually you need to create some kind of distance when something unexpected occurs to clear your mind, analyse the situation and thusly grab the opportunity to alter, reorganize or keep going with your enterprise / whatever your thing is.

“When you are quiet, your mind shouldn’t be quiet; when you are moving fast, your mind shouldn’t at all be moving fast. Even when your mind is calm do not let your body relax, and when your body is relaxed do not let your mind slacken. Do not let your spirit be influenced by your body, nor your body be influenced by your spirit. Your mind should lack nothing while having no excess.” ―Miyamoto Musashi (The Book of Five Rings)

Why do we live among criticism, failure, hardships or imperfection? Why can’t we just be at peace 24/7? Why isn’t it just easier? We’re all riding the same path wondering why the fuck do we have to face such a regular dose of trouble in our lives. But if you look in your own past, you just wouldn’t be able to even list the number of solved problems that made you grow stronger, wiser and more resilient just by figuring out what the solution was. And we’re all capable of that.

In my opinion, resilience and/or adaptability come with the idea of using it (shitstorms, binary issues or just unexpected events) to your advantage. You don’t have the same level of consciousness as the 10 yo version of yourself. You don’t see the world in the same manner anymore and the more you try to solve problems, the more you’re getting good at this.

“The significant problems we have cannot be solved at the same level of thinking with which we created them.” ― Albert Einstein

There’s no victory if there’s no battle, you can’t success if you’re not challenged, there’s no muscle growth without the pain that will trigger its construction.

I will end this post with an attempt of witticism by telling your this short episode that’s been inspiring me everyday since I met the guy.

Years ago, somewhere in Germany, a little boy was being bullied by his classmates, they used to call him quite often ‘die fette Ratte’… Today TheFatRat weighs more than 1,6 million subs on Youtube and his channel has almost 300 million plays by the time I’m writing this article. Careful with who you tryna bash at school, kids. You might give them golden nuggets to make you feel even more stupid afterwards.

Peace out.
Stay resilient.

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Top 10 Healthy Food To Stay Focused

Sup mate! Vincent here.

In this topic we are still aiming to give the best out of ourselves on a day-to-day basis and, just like when you’re exercising your body needs clean fuel to function on full rate, you can not consider reaching the state of flow without incrementing quality meals / start thinking about nutritional stuff.

In a previous post we’ve seen how daily habits can be the game changer in the quest of becoming better versions of ourselves, so here is my top 10 foods that I would recommend you to consume regularly. Nothing very folkloric nor unreachable here, these are very common yet healthy aliments you can find pretty much everywhere.

 


  • FRUITS & VEGGIES

 

#10 – Broccoli

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Alright I know veggies are some serious boring shit. Only paladin elves can eat that while smiling, that’s for sure. But still you may want to add some to your diet because of central nervous system recovery, vitamins imbibition, lowering risks of heart disease and blah-blah-blah… or else you gonna die. WHATEVER.

Here comes the broccoli my friends. First, it has quite a decent amount of protein for a vegetable as well as antioxidants, it also plays a cholesterol-lowering role and last but not least, it is known to increase testosterone production for males (might be interesting in case you’d want to grow a full beard… fuck yeah!).

If you had to pick up only one veggie, this would be this guy. Otherwise you can also try out some green beans but LOL that’s even worse in my honest opinion.


 

#9 – Peanuts & Dried Fruits

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If you feel like you’re burning a lot more calories than the people around you and you want to gain a bit of weight (which was personally my case). Almonds, nuts,  raisins (water dipped), they are all designed to become your best snack / brunch / collation / whatever between meals.

1/4 cup of almonds already contains nearly 8 grams of protein, pistachios about 6 grams of protein, dried grapes provide about 250 calories per 100 grams. Plus, most of them are also excellent sources of monounsaturated fats and magnesium (which is highly involved in protein synthesis).


 

#8 – Banana

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It would be a tough work to summarize all the benefits of bananas in just few lines but here are the reasons why I personally eat bananas everyday – and more importantly before doing physically/mentally exhausting tasks:

Potassium, 110 calories, 29 grams of carbohydrates, 16% dietary fiber and a nice nutrients package meant to fill you with good energy.


  • CARBS & STARCHY FOODS

 

#7 – Olive

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Olive as well as its oil is known to be a great health partner. Among other benefits, olives eliminate excess cholesterol, controls blood pressure and are a good source of Vitamin E.

Likewise, diets rich in olive oil may reduce chances of cardiovascular disease (one of the numerous earnings of mono-unsaturated rich diets). I don’t want to bring back the elvish stuff but yeah, well mixed into a complex salad these guys are so friggin’ delish.


 

#6 – Oat

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Darn it😠 I’m sure this picture was taken by an Elf, or a hipster, idk. Anyway. Warning! Here’s some low glycemic index (slow burning carbohydrates), rich in vitamins and minerals, it will provide the body with a long and lasting stock of fuel.

As a value of proof, there is no decent sporty breakfast that excludes oat and you may even want to consider adding some to at least one of your meals.


 

#5 – Rice

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Brown rice and white rice have similar amounts of protein, calories, carbs and fat. About 3 grams of protein, 130 calories, 28 grams of carbohydrates and 0,3 grams of fat per 100 grams.

However their glycemic indexes kinda vary and as you may know it or not, GI are responsible for blood sugar levels and high GI are often associated with diabetes. There are several posts on the web that would tell you that the difference between brown and white rice isn’t that big… But I’ve come a long way examinating actual effects on my own body and so my choice is made. The only thing I can tell you is to make your own experiment and see what fits best your needs.

If our diet was simply starchy-centered (fortunately not the case) I would say eat rice everyday. But what we want is also a varied diet so I’d better say that: eat rice one day and quinoa or perhaps pastas the next day because, as far as carbohydrates are concerned, these three are godlike.


  • LEAN PROTEINS

 

#4 – Beef

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4th position in this high-protein foods top that will help us keeping our motivation high. 100 grams of this lean red meat contains 27 grams of protein stuffed with essential amino acids, B12-vitamin, and iron. The reason why beef is not at the top of this list is because it also contains 11 grams of fat and remember that we are looking for lean prots.

A maximum of 2-3 per week is tolerable and still provides good results in terms of performances. Now for some vegan fellows, a good alternative to beef is tofu (soy milk), one of the few plant sources that provides a complete protein package.


 

#3 – Eggs

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Assuming this might be one of the most overused (but not overrated) sorta-sporty meal, I guess pretty much everything has already been said about eggs. Quick and easy to cook, it is best served as boiled or fried eggs (solid albumen / liquid yolk) for a better assimilation. Yeah forget about Rocky’s training and eating raw eggs, this is flippin’ bullshit bruh. Plus the risk of developing salmonella infection with raw eggs is high.

For each egg you will get a solid 5-6 grams of protein and it also contains nothing less than 9 essential amino acids.

Eggs don’t deserve their bad reputation. Further research showed that higher consumption of eggs is not associated with increased risk of coronary heart diseases for most people. However other studies claimed of quite a different outcome regarding type 2 diabetes and more importantly the place of egg consumption into a diet. There are great chances that most of the time other dirty fat/sugary foods are the ones responsible for developing coronary heart disease in the general population. This is always a matter of balance.

Here are some sources for the zététiciens out there:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16340654

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23676423


 

#2 – Chicken/Turkey

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Now here is the demigod food. Providing 31 grams of protein per 100 grams, this white meat is undoubtedly to include in your diet if you want to absorb lean proteins.

Indeed, not only is chicken a strong protein supplier, but it’s also a very low-fat food (which is what you must be sharply looking for). Nuff’ said.


 

#1 – Fish

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Yo, I still don’t know whether or not I should keep it in 1st position because well, Fukushima and stuff. But yeah though pilchard is also quite good, salmon and tuna are the true winners. High quality protein as well as omega-3 fats make it the real champions’ food. It is also a famous source of Vitamin D, a substantial agent essential for bone strength, physical performance and other conditions such as cancer prevention.


 

I’d like to think about a vegan version of this article. How cool would it be? If some of you guys want to contribute to a potential next post on healthy vegan foods, feel free to comment down below!

Thanks for reading me, have an awesome day/week!

Stay resilient.

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(Rest in peace brotha)

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How To Focus / The « Flow » Concept

Sup mate? Vincent here!

Today I would like to introduce you a cool conceptual idea related to focusing and sticking at our goals,, especially when the motivation is extremely low. And more importantly why it is the best and very crucial moment to focus and why we should actually seek for more episodes like this.

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“To overcome the anxieties and depressions of contemporary life, individuals must become independent of the social environment to the degree that they no longer respond exclusively in terms of its rewards and punishments. To achieve such autonomy, a person has to learn to provide rewards to herself. She has to develop the ability to find enjoyment and purpose regardless of external circumstances.” ― Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience

1975: named by Mihály Csíkszentmihályi after studying the idea of happiness and numerous CEO interviews, he decided to write a book about this intricate state of « Flow ».

The basis of the « Flow » is supposed to be a perfect balance between skills, what you’re capable of, and challenge. It reveals some sort of clarity regarding your goals and you become capable of instant feedback while doing your thing, whether it’s sport practice, music or anything that involves such prerequisites. Like every action or decision that you make is being scanned in real time and you can instantly correct your process when it’s needed.

Here are the essential characteristics that I could find on the web when I was looking for some more informations about it, some of the most current symptoms of the Flow experience were:

  • -intense concentration with great focus on the present time,
  • -reduced consciousness of your environnement and even yourself (because you’re genuinely connected with your work/art/whatever),
  • -a feeling of control and power over the situation,
  • -some time distortion (hours can really become minutes)
  • -(and the best one imo) a massive satisfaction

“A joyful life is an individual creation that cannot be copied from a recipe.” ― Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

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Almost like creating a different reality for yourself (or perhaps being on ecstasy, yeah, according to Mihály’s analogy) I’m sure you guys already felt this at least once. If you’ve ever been practicing something challenging for hours/days and not feeling forced of doing it, you’ve probably experienced the Flow. I think the moment when I personally feel it is when I’m doing music or video. Sometimes it happens when I’m editing or mixing a musical project or when I’m improvising on the guitar. That’s why I also need to add that it doesn’t mean what you’re doing is great, haha. It’s just that you’re at your maximum potential regarding your skills and your target. Heh.

But yeah, at this point your mind is drowned into something more blurry and more finical at the same time. You don’t exist anymore besides the trip you’re living in your head – and probably creating with your hands.

From now on, I think that is what I tend to seek every day. It looks like this is one of the best ways for me to be happy. I’m not saying that it could apply to everyone, there’s no right or wrong, just things that work for me and maybe not for you. Yet this is what I feel is the most appealing thing to do with my life and that is what art and creation are about: giving a sense of reality to something that didn’t exist before / apart of your mind.

If you’re interested in reaching this level of concentration, fortunately there’s a path to do so. You’ll need to train yourself, just like muscles, to approach the exact spot where anxiety becomes awakening and where control becomes power. And because, in this moment, you’re using all your skills at their max efficiency, it’s just a matter of time before you push yourself out of your comfort zone and backward your limits. Advancement can quickly become an addiction as well, which is great!

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A cool way to be able to get closer to the Flow is by trying to add more skills to your current talents (dude, I sound like I’m talking about a friggin RPG!), you need to train yourself and learn on the subjects that matter for you or your long term goals. Because sometimes you’re just about to make it but you get hit by some ridiculous technical aspects of your process and so you can’t be fluid and so you get pissed off and so you may eventually give up. And that’s not what we want.

“Most enjoyable activities are not natural; they demand an effort that initially one is reluctant to make. But once the interaction starts to provide feedback to the person’s skills, it usually begins to be intrinsically rewarding.” ― Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience

That said, there is still an obverse, a price to pay to deal with the Flow. Indeed, precisely because this particular state of mind might be the answer to a lot of existential crises such as ‘’what am I made for’’ or ‘’what’s the meaning of (my) life’’ it also provides the accurate tribute in response to that. Just like the second law of thermodynamic, there’s no actual free energy and productivity costs energy. Focusing for so long and so intensively can really be exhausting for your body and also your mental state.

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I’d say it’s just like in sports, it depends on your central nervous system’s resilience. You’ll have to rest, take some breaks and have quality sleep to be able to regenerate. Some may even consider learning and practicing meditation to improve their condition and clarity.

In a future post I will talk about why you should get on trails right now, before getting your heroic armor and enchanted weapons. Because if you feel the urge to create and actually know how to do it, there are great chances you couldn’t do any better with a lot more stuff than you have now (unless you’re at Day 0 with absolutely nothing to produce, of course).

Stay resilient.

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Nutrition. (And why you should care about it)

Back in 2011 when I had started training myself, a lot of people used to criticize my way of living and enthusiasm in sports. They assumed my training and diet was a waste of time, that we’d rather enjoy life without restraining ourselves. What’s the point with eating healthy? « All men must die » (valar morghulis bruh) after all. Meh.

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Sup mate! Vincent here.

By now we’re living in a world that doesn’t really often allow people to rest and question themselves regarding their condition and/or daily habits. Everything goes extremely fast and we’re more and more used to believe that hardships are just the results of bad luck and we tend to avoid looking for bounds, causes and effects. Thereby we always have to deal with a huge amount of bullshit and in this post i’m gonna point out one fancy little hog that has been responsible for quite a bias regarding health, which is the idea of morphotypes.

Morphotype is a whimsy terminology used to describe your body type. From my PoV and experience, according to some people it suggests that you should accept yourself the way you are at this very moment. Forever.

Can you relate, Ser Gregor Clegane? (wow too much references to GoT already)

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I’m too skinny / fat / this is unfair.

Is it really unfair? Is that even true? Does this really define yourself?

Don’t get me wrong, I’m OK with the fact there are actual metabolisms, some slowers than others. But just because some people can gain weight more easily doesn’t mean skinny guys does not suffer from bad symptoms from the inside as well. Their body just doesn’t store fat as much as their antagonists and there’s something interesting about it. If you move your perspective, you can clearly see that this way: their body never send alert signals. Like you never know when it’s time to pay attention but deep inside you may still be doing it wrong. You can take 10 lbs of fat for every slice of pizza VS you friend may never but in the end you guys ate the same thing, didn’t you?

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In the Book of Five Rings from Miyamoto Musashi (some old Samurai ressources), it is said that at that time – don’t ask me which time, I haven’t got a clue – perfection and self accomplishment were not limited to only one discipline. Indeed, the notion of fulfilment consists in a constant learning, freed from discrimination, of any possible field/domain you can bump into. The way of the Samurai implies that in addition to this badass spiritual aspect of your life, martial trainings and sword mastery, you may want to attach as much importance to arts, cultures, politics, medicines or any form of expression which, from a global perspective, constitutes life.

Lemme try to transpose this to nowadays’ context. I’d say that if you want to keep aiming for a better version of yourself, acquiring some knowledge about diet (and I should probably say nutrition instead of diet) is also something to include in your ‘operating mode’. We have yet to understand that a large quantity of our daily meals are sharply bad for us, unhealthy as hell, full of sugar and saturated fat, persistently lacking more and more essential nutriments and vitamins due to awful agriculture decisions and even stock markets playing some frightful role in the deterioration of soil fertility. We may want to help our body and immune system if we want to maximize our life expectancy and by that I mean eating clean most of the time. This usually entails the emergency to understand some basics such as daily nutritional requirements VS caloric expenditure… and maybe also practicing physical activities every week.

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Plus, if you get a lifestyle that is one of health, your mental and physical state will be one of sheer awesomeness ! I can ensure you that when your body is healthy, your brain usually follow. That is because when you run your body on clean fuel and give it regular use, it runs efficiently and becomes a cheerful system as a whole. Again, from my PoV and feelings, I’ve been never this productive / running with clear mind before I started eating clean.

So yeah, I can’t agree with this statement of « accepting your body », even if sometimes for some particular cases one may have to do it occasionally for example if something irreversible happen(ed)s to you or that you’re born with. But other than that, indeed, your body is not an immutable condition. « You are what you eat », yes, this is the result of a one time period showcasing your efforts and/or weaknesses. I believe in everyone, we can truly become better versions of ourselves.

In my next post i’m gonna be covering a top 10 thing. About healthy foods for a lean body & sharp mind. How cool’s dat?

Thanks for reading me! Go big or go home!

Stay resilient.

PS: I’m too tired right now to explain why sex is even better with healthy/in-shape people but yeah, trust me. It is.

PS2 (no copyright infringement intended bruh): there’s something huge related to eating clean which is the days you’re allowed not to eat clean. Saturday cheat-meal dude. This little ‘derequisition’ of bad foods lasting all along the week makes you reconsider the taste of unhealthy – but so freaking toothsome – meals full of carbohydrates. Yeah because well fuck that, I couldn’t give up on burgs. Broccolis are cool but burgs and tacos are cooler. No offense brocs.

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Time VS Downlifters

Sup mate? Vincent here.

Years ago when I was still in my audio classes, one of my teachers said something that retained my attention. He was a hiphop producer and, even if I didn’t like all the courses he did, the guy really made his legate through music production and knows his stuff. He said: ‘’Time is your fucking enemy, no joke’’. When it comes to productivity and you get involved in multiples musical sessions/projects (+ training your main instrument), you can really feel the sense of such a statement. There are just so many things to do and so little time. That being said, I feel like it’s always the bottom line, you’re paying everything with your time and you’re losing it even when you’re not buying anything. Btw I wonder if there are some sort of mystic-yoga-stances that make you instantly more inspired/focus to achieve stuff. Do not seek human enemies, the final boss is right here, right NOW.
Let me know you guys, what are your golden nuggets to fight against time and get this shit done?

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“In time we hate that which we often fear.” ― William Shakespeare (Antony and Cleopatra)

There are great chances your personal hater or at least downlifter could also be your best secret admirer. It can be pretty much anyone around you, a relative, someone you’ve met some years ago or even a complete stranger that landed somewhere where you’re used to post public work/thoughts/whatever. It is a very common thing – that I did experience by the past – for insecure people to fear the empowerment of someone close to them. Sometimes you’re just scared of losing some special position among your friends and you think you’re paralysed because you can’t be (>INSERT COMPLETELY DUMB STATEMENT ABOUT YOURSELF<) or really whatever reason.
To be clear: I wasn’t the one who was awakening and ‘rising up to the stars’ (or whatever you can imagine when someone is a just a little more enterprising than you at a certain point of your life). I was his friend. And I was very envious. And totally uncomfortable about it. So I was basically always cloaking every single feeling of inclination towards those things he was doing and that I thought I couldn’t, acting weird and being passive-agressive. This shit gives you the opportunity to let grow real toxic intercourses. Very clever (not).

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This makes me draw a parallel with a book that a good friend of mine recommended me 2 or 3 years ago, which is « The Four Agreements » by Don Miguel Ruiz. Really this book is some serious spiritual relief and it saved me a lot of time when I was still struggling with clumsy social interactions and low self-esteem. It is composed of four chapters relating to unhealthy habits we have, that are constantly ruining our communication skills and global disclosure. This is well known as a fact, that we, humans, are fully biased and most of the time we’re screwing our arguments because of ego, because we can’t hold our feelings. This book showcases this type of situations and offers us accurate answers to manage our immediate responses to social triggers.

So yeah, back to it. Why am I talking about that already?
Ah yeah, because TIME’S YOUR FUCKEN ENEMY. Life is such a hasty tale, why would you be the person no one think about because every time you open your mouth you’re spreading hatred or being edgy? This is what I asked myself at a certain point of my life.

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“Never waste a minute thinking about people you don’t like.” ― Dwight D. Eisenhower

The more you become busy doing your own thing, the less you are likely to criticize other people’s business. Plus, something great I noticed is that if you tend to avoid bad tempers and learn to trust yourself, the same stuff eventually happen to you as people will look after you asking for advice or helping you achieve some of your goals/daily tasks/etc. Because you’re running on clean fuel and inspire people. Motivation can be extremely contagious. As soon as you’re spreading the good around you, minding your own projects with determination, everyone around you can see you change. You suddenly become weightless and your customary fights aren’t so appealing anymore. You’re not prone to vain arguments anymore.
On the other side, you quickly understand how getting shit done on a daily basis can make you happy. And it is quite a virtuous circle because, dude, yield. This is addictive.

Love, peace, metal.
Stay resilient.

● « The Four Agreements » by Don Miguel Ruiz (affiliate link):
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Thanks for reading me, have an awesome day/week!