– loved this commencement speech by Atul Gawande, surgeon, New Yorker writer and bestselling author. My favourite part is below , but I suggest you read the whole thing :
“Developing a skill is painful, though. It is difficult. And that’s part of the satisfaction. You will only find meaning in what you struggle with. What you struggle to get good at next may not seem the exact right thing for you at first. With time and effort, however, you will discover new possibilities in yourself—an ability to solve problems, for instance, or to communicate, or to create beauty. I never imagined I’d find beauty in surgery. But with time I discovered there could be beauty in the way that I put things together under the skin, beauty no one might ever see, but still strangely satisfying nonetheless.
I said there are at least two kinds of satisfaction, however, and the other has nothing to do with skill. It comes from human connection. It comes from making others happy, understanding them, loving them. The relationships you’ve made are what you will miss most about college. I suspect you did not find forging them nearly as difficult as your classes. Most of you are more worried about the skills and work you will have in your future than the relationships. But neither will you find easy.” (Gawande.com)
– in the same vein, the American Psychological Association finds freedom and personal autonomy are more important to people’s well-being than money;
– this will make you smile. A list of famous opening lines from novels updated for the modern age:
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of an internet startup to call his own. (McSweeney’s)
– The Guardian has a list of a different kind: the 100 greatest non-fiction books
So get reading and have a good weekend.