Life and Times in Graphs

Have you run into Jessica Hagy‘s work before? This intelligent lady is a steady contributor over at Forbes and uses “visuals to tell stories, jokes, and truths.” Her recent list of 40 Things to Say Before You Die is a wonderful collection of little truisms that we can all strive to check off of our bucket lists.

I can do better

As soon as you say it, you’re that much closer to making it true.

You’re amazing

Let yourself be in awe of another person, and you’ll feel strong and weak simultaneously.

I’m sorry

But you can’t just say it; you have to mean it. Really mean it.

I want that

Ask for it: that’s you get what you covet—from others and for yourself.

Tell me more

Really getting to know someone (or some topic) will help you better triangulate your own place in the world.

I understand

More important than being right, or being important, is being truly aware.

I don’t know how to do this

It’s better to admit it and learn than to fake it and embarrass yourself.

I earned this

There’s a layer of proud ownership over everything you possess that wasn’t merely given to you.

Damn, I look good

You come from a long line of people who convinced others to sleep with them. Remember that.

This is who I am

The nervous energy spent pretending to be something you’re not is better spent on practically anything else.

(Content: Jessica Hagy, jump here for the full list)

The Most Surprising Most Wanted List You May Ever Read

While we have plenty to be afraid of in our daily lives, these seven killers may have never crossed your mind. Mostly because these ones don’t have a face, or even a name. But they are dangerous all the same. Husband and wife team Andrew and Gaia Grant have dubbed them the “creativity killers.”

Our generation has seen a steep drop off in creativity despite access to better resources, quicker communication, and a host of other perks. Meaning that these menacing criminals have already been stalking their prey and getting away with it for far too long. Thanks to the Grants’ book, Who Killed Creativity, we now have a forensic gameplan for how to spot these killers in action and prevent them from committing future crimes.

The best way to stay safe from them out on those mean streets? Use failure as an opportunity to learn, pick a new hobby and don’t give it up until you’ve perfected it, trust your gut, seek out new options, ask for help, take a breath and believe that what you want out of life isn’t as impossible as you may think.

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