Almost Anything

I don’t like conferences and I don’t enjoy doing keynotes or talks or panels — I try to steer clear of as many of those as I can.

But…

… if I were to be ever interviewed, on-stage, about anything that I’m working on… it would have to be Kara Swisher, because she’s just fucking awesome and I look up to her.

Also, I’ve never worried about what people thought of me, and I think part of that had to do with being gay. My feeling at the time was, Well, if they don’t like me because I’m gay, what’s the difference? I think it frees you.

If people don’t like you for some inane reason, then why worry what they think? And if you don’t worry about what people think of you, you can do almost anything.

via Kara Swisher, The Cut

I can totally resonate with this as well:

My dad died when I was 5. I remember thinking, The worst thing ever happened to me and I’m still here. Being aware of death tends to clear out the brush. Anytime I’m having a minute, I remember, Oh, I’ll be dead in 50 years. Okay. And then I stand up. I’m not death-obsessed, but I’m death-aware. It keeps me focused.

When I was in freshman in college I decided that my life was meaningless and empty and void — so, I did what any reasonable person would do when they truly believe that those things were true: I tried to end my life.

I wasn’t very good at that (thankfully) but I did take away a deep and penetrating awareness of my own mortality, a preciousness of life that I don’t believe most have ever experienced.

It pushed me to move, with intention, towards my goals. I had 3 of them, at the time, and I’ve been able to accomplish 2 out of those 3 (I doubt I’ll ever get to the 3rd one, but, that’s fine).

I feel like I can do almost anything.

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