The Art of Making Connections: 4 Lessons from a 5-Hour Plane Ride

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It was just past 2pm on a Tuesday in late summer, and the crowd walking onto the Southwest flight from Baltimore to LAX was a mix of majorly White-American families and middle-aged singles. I had forgotten to check-in for my flight 24 hours prior, as recommended, so my C-36 position self had the high-esteemed luxury of taking my pick of the remaining middle seats that no one ever wants on the mostly full plane.

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On Overcoming Comparison

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“Managing everyone’s expectations is exhausting.”

This sentiment came to me at a random point yesterday while in my room. I can’t even pinpoint what happened that led to this thought but I guess it’s just a thought that tends to linger silently in the background. Like when the air conditioner is on but you don’t notice that it was making a sound until it turns off.

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Leaving the door cracked

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“If I’m not the one for you, you gotta stop holding me the way you do.”
– Adele,Β Water under the bridge

Love is an amazing thing. It’s said to have the ability to change our brain chemistry. We get hooked on love like a drug addict and latch on to our lover for dear life. Like we need them more than food, water, and air. They become our source of happiness and meaning.

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Stop This Train

I’ve been listening to John Mayer’s Pandora station for the past couple of weeks and it is like the perfect mellow vibe that I’m going for right now. One of the John Mayer songs that I’ve been listening to pretty much on a daily basis is “Stop This Train.” If you haven’t heard it, definitely give it a listen. I love its message and it’s got the signature Mayer catchiness that is to be expected.

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Our Gift

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Each of us is guaranteed to be better than anyone else when it comes to AT LEAST one thing. We are all born with this guarantee. This skill or trade, some may say. This skill is innate to us. We don’t really have to try at it, or so we are told. It comes naturally and it is unique to all of us.

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Perfection

“Perfect is just another way of saying ‘not finished.'”

That’s what my cousin said to me last night as she was giving me a dose of tough love when I told her I was drained and decided to bow out of completing an application for a fellowship program which was due today at noon and was an AMAZING opportunity.

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Focus

I’m convinced that all you need to succeed in life is a little ambition, some education, and A LOT of focus. Not just regular focus either. Laser-sharp focus on what it is you’re trying to accomplish. Once you’ve got the focus, everything else seems to fall into place in due time.

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