Happy Monday! ALSO: 19 Brutal Truths About Life That No One Will Tell You

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I’ve recently discovered the site, Thought Catalog, and digging through their archives brought up this post from June that I thought was pretty solid: 19 Brutal Truths About Life That No One Will Tell You.

15. At least two of your “friends” don’t actually like you.

Ouch, but so true in a lot of respects. Do you have a few people in your life that you’re hanging out with now and again, but frankly, you don’t like them all that much? Yeah, happens to me now and again. Lately I’ve had to examine a lot of who I’m “friends” with and what for, and I’m seeing a pattern slowly emerge that the definition of “friend” is seemingly very one-sided with some people and many that I’d like to be closer with truly treat me as though I’m an acquaintance (at best). It’s a certain reality that I’ve learned to accept and acceptance allows us all to move past things, and my goal is to move past spending time with people that may fit the description of #15 above.

Seems basic but it serves as a good reminder for me when I start my week and work on spending my time more wisely.

New poster art for some of your favorite movies

© Olaf Cuadras Ferré

Olaf Cuadras Ferré creates his own versions of movie posters in a signature style that I enjoy quite much. With new versions of movie posters from The Big Lebowski, Die Hard, The Royal Tenenbaums, Zoolander and Terminator 2, it’s as if I’m seeing the art collection perfectly matched to my personal movie collection. There’s even a poster for The Warriors.

Check out his Tumblr here.

Read more: Paste Magazine

Another article about Millennials being unhappy? Sure.

I related to this article strongly, but it’s likely just where my head is at these days.

Sink or Swim: Why Are Millennials So Damn Unhappy? [Chad Hensley on Medium]

As a millennial, we must embrace empathy and vulnerability. Be honest with others, and yourself, about your fears, challenges, and concerns. And finally, as Abraham Lincoln famously said, “Things come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.” Shift your focus, surrender your ego, remember the greater picture; roll up your sleeves, and work harder.

Gone to Burning Man…

The closest I've gotten to Burning Man was my local brunch spot...

I know I said it before, but this time I really mean it — I’m going to Burning Man this year. In about an hour or so, I’ll be shutting down the computer and putting my lids on my plastic bins and hopping in the car with my band NVO to play a barrage of shows up at the festival. Friends have called our schedule “crazy,” “ambitious,” and “smart.” Some combination of those words represents the actual truth of the matter, and no matter how openheartedly I can look ahead to my journey to Gerlach, I’m a bit scared of the road that lies ahead.

With a heavy heart and a deep sadness that I hope to leave behind me, I really want to thank my friends for helping me get this far and finally get the courage together to go to the Playa for the first time. People that know me keep pointing towards some unspoken truth that my life needs a change, and while none of them have said it exactly, everyone that I’d call “important” in my life in the past two years — my lovers, roommates, blog mates, band mates, co-workers — all seem to give me the puppy-dog-oh-you-poor-kid look every once in a while opposite the requisite suck-it-up-you-little-bitch look and it’s becoming hard for me to miss either. I’m over it. Time for a change.

And so my first Burning Man awaits. Maybe learning to survive out there will finally help me survive the real world a bit better.

See you on the other side…

Happy Birthday, Justin

It’s my birthday today and I feel special. It’s amazing the little neurons that fire in your brain once all your social networks start exploding with good cheer aimed solely at you. Well, and other people, too, but mostly at you me. I wish I could bottle this up into an app and just make someone have an “instant birthday” on their social networks if they’re having a bad day. Like, rally people around them…

“U mad, bro?”

“No, everyone just told me I’m cool online via this new app.”