What is all this about?
It’s strange to be a human sometimes.
Dumbbells fall on your face. Or you find yourself penning a rage-fueled handwritten letter canceling your gym membership. Or you choose the wrong path and spend years spiraling before it occurs to you that you might be better off living a life that actually suits you. Our time on this spinning rock is full of surprises.
But in this whirlwind of surprises, there's beauty. It can be found by delving into the absurdity of human existence, by asking questions and seeking a deeper understanding of ourselves and the world we inhabit.
My aim with these essays is to help us examine the eccentricity of existence together, bridging our collective understanding of this bizarre human journey. Perhaps you'll find something relatable, or something that sparks contemplation about your own existence. Or maybe just a laugh and an eye roll—I’ll take that, too.
While I can't promise answers, I guarantee plenty of questions. After all, isn't that what it's all about? Asking the right questions, living them out, and maybe, just maybe, sketching something resembling an answer along the way.
Don’t take it from me, though. Take it from Rainer Maria Rilke, who put it much more eloquently
when he was interviewed about my Substack in a letter to an aspiring poet:
“You are so young, all beginnings so far in front of you, and I should like to beg you earnestly to have patience with all unsolved problems in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves like locked rooms, or books that are written in a foreign tongue. Do not search for the answers, which cannot be given to you, because you could not live them. That is the point, to live everything. Now you must love your problems. And perhaps gradually, without noticing it, you will live your way into the answer some distant day.”
Because it will make me feel good.
Also, because you can expect:
Candid Reflection: A dive into the quirks and quandaries of being human, with personal stories of the aspirational and the absurd.
Self-Discovery, or Something Like It: Thoughts on what I believe is our most important quest: to clear away all the externally-imposed shit in order to get to the heart of who we really are; then, to direct all of our energy and agency toward building a life that is uniquely our own.
The Human Experience: An authentic, unfiltered look at what it means to be alive, from the marvelous to the mundane.
Exploring Resilience: Reflections on weathering the storms we encounter. Because, to paraphrase Three 6 Mafia, it’s hard out here for a blogger (and other people, too).
Armchair Philosophy: Philosophical musings that ponder the mysteries of existence through the lens of someone who is not particularly well-read.
Oh, and I have a dream of getting paid to write, so if you decide to sign up for a paid subscription you will be casting a vote for my dream to become reality while also earning my eternal love. No pressure, though.
Ok cool but like who are you?
My bad. Hi! I’m Alex, and the handsome old man in the middle there is Duke.
We recently moved out to Richmond, VA after having lived in Texas our whole lives. We used to be miserable corporate drones, but then we bought a business and started living on our own terms.
Well, I do. Duke guards the apartment and makes friends with the neighbors.