⛅9️⃣ You don't need a reason to celebrate

Also, this week in stocks, "nobody cares", and a bit of wizardry

Dear reader and subscriber,

Another week bites the dust and yet another is upon us. Enjoy your weekly dose of thrills, snuggles, and happiness.

Let’s do it, yo.

1. I used to think celebrating birthdays and other stupid things was...stupid. Sometime after my 21st birthday, except for my 25th when I got a discount on car insurance, I stopped giving a shit about celebrating the event. My thoughts were, “today isn’t any different than any other day, so it’s not really worth celebrating.” But that was me being hopelessly pessimistic and rather short-sighted. I’ve since grown and have done a full 180 on my celebrating birthdays (and other stupid things) stance. Now, I don’t care whether it’s my birthday, National Peanut Butter Lovers’ Day, or some other random holiday, I say celebrate it! Honestly, you don’t even need a holiday or some other reason to celebrate. You’re alive, which is as good a reason as any to live it up.

2. “Nobody cares” is probably the best advice you’ve ever heard in your entire life. Never thought about it much until this person on Reddit put it into perspective. Usually, when someone says, “nobody cares” they’re offering a snarky comment meant to make you feel as if no one gives a damn about you and your problems. But what if instead, you started viewing, “nobody cares” as a statement of freedom from all those random, toxic thoughts in your head worrying about what other people think? Because honestly, most people don’t care. It’s just your monkey-mind blowing things way out of proportion. So next time somebody tells you, “nobody cares” you can smile and say back to them, “Hey thanks, man. I appreciate that!”

3. This week in the stock market. Looking at my investment accounts in the morning like: 

I try not to double-down on reddit links in a given week, but this one really hit home and was too funny not to share.

4. Ray Dalio, Principles. “It’s more important to do big things well than to do the small things perfectly.”

5. Weekly Book Recommendation. If you’re looking for a fun fiction book with a captivating story, Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones was surprisingly enjoyable. There are a couple of other books in the series too, all relatively cheap, for quite a few hours of entertainment. There’s a movie out too, apparently, which I just found out was on HBO Max. Haven’t seen it yet though, so TBD on that.

That’s all for this week’s newsletter. Hope you enjoyed it!

Best,

Jason Gutierrez