My Sources

The glasses that I wear when I look out at the world have been moulded and shaped by so many incredibly horrible and wonderful experiences. I would like to give credit to some of these resources. I really suggest you look some of them up as they have been life changing for me!

Books:

For writing style and general inspiration:

 – The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, by J.R.R. Tolkein

-The Complete Poems and Plays 1909-1950, T.S. Elliot

-The Duino Elegies, Rainer Maria Rilke

For optimism and encouragement:

The Book of Awesome, Neil Pasricha

For the big soul things (suicide, who are you? etc):

-The Myth of Sisyphus, Albert Camus

-The Wisdom of the Enneagram, Don Richard Riso and Russ Hudson

-Siddhartha (of course), Herman Hesse

-A Path With Heart, Jack Kornfield

For behaviour and change:

-Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, Daniel H. Pink

-The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg

-Beast and Man: The Roots of Human Nature, Mary Midgley

-Sex at Dawn, Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jetha

Videos, Audio and other blogs:

The Mental Illness Happy Hour Podcast

Brene Brown (Ted Talks on vulnerability, critics, and shame)

The Survival Podcast

-Terrence McKenna videos

-Baraka (documentary)

On Being (Podcast)

Waking Up With Sam Harris (Podcast)

Pictures:

All of the pictures from my blog are ones that either I have taken, or my friends have taken. Or they are from my step dad Ian’s photography portfolio.

Sometimes I will post artwork, this is stuff that I have made.

People:

This list is truly endless. I don’t know how I got to be so lucky, but I have somehow been able to live a life filled up with incredibly interesting people. My friends are dear and diverse, they teach me more than any other resource I have encountered. Really and truly I have met some amazing and genius people!

My family is eccentric and non conventional in the wonderful ways of open mindedness and acceptance. All generations are inspiring and play a massive role in my mental development and my courage.

I have had the privilege of being loved and loving deeply. I have grown up and discovered life in non-blood families and partnerships. I have learned impossibly difficult and yet absolutely necessary lessons from these created families.

It is to all those who have allowed me to listen to their lives and understand their joys and fears that I truly owe any sort of knowledge that I possess. I am so grateful for the community and connection that people are willing to share! It has truly made me wealthy.

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