Dear Daniel,

What a tremendous article! You write terrifically well, thank you for sharing.

I, who is overweight & middle class, can totally relate to the constant desire for instant self-improvement. Even though I am aware that I am completely whole as I am & that the only path to change is through hard work, I still search (though usually half-heartedly now) for shortcuts on the web. It is actually much more tiring — exhausting, honestly, than the actual work it would take to reach my goals. It’s tough to let go of the ego long enough to admit that I am NOT special — or rather I am as special as everyone else. I am not more talented, more motivated, more intelligent than most other folks. I am unique, but hardly more extraordinary. Sigh.

Addiction to social media (as all addictions) is difficult to overcome. I am going to keep the end in mind — I, too, will die. How do I want to live until I die?

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