ANNA PENG

Standing Out, Making Things You Like, And Also Things That Want To Be Seen

Seen by everybody, or seen by people who actually care?

Do vanity metrics hold any weight when only a fraction of those people matter?

Everybody wants to stand out, make stuff they like, and have it be accepted by others. That’s a lot to ask for.

Everybody wants to stand out, but in the chase of that we can lose sight of what we originally placed our bets on, which is: if I make this, then I can contribute to more of the thing I want to see in this world.


When There’s Nothing to Make

When we’re overwhelmed by choice, it gets hard to face a blank page. There’s so much to say, so much to do, and we’re limited by our means (like our two hands and time).

One way around having nothing to make is to create limits, like saying, “I have to make.”

I have to make a jingle about Thai food and Toronto.

I have to paint a painting that captures my feelings about my childhood.

I have to write a chapter about how to make a good cup of coffee.

Going forward with definition helps, especially when the blank page is present.



Simple Recipes

For a good milk tea, the two simple ingredients needed are milk and tea. Combining those two together creates a completely different beverage that’s different in taste and texture.

Of course, this isn’t really about milk tea. What I’m trying to say is that sometimes what we require is rather simple.

Healthy foods and exercise.

Sleep and meditation.

A single day off and good company.

Time to ourselves and kindness.

None of these are unobtainable, but sometimes we make it seem like what we need isn’t so simple even when it really is.


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