I strive to be as authentic as possible with myself and with others. Dishonesty makes me uncomfortable, even when it is for the sake of protecting someone’s feelings. While I try my best to communicate with compassion, I believe that it is necessary to be clear and direct in order to demonstrate respect. At the end of the day, I would much rather be disliked for who I am than to be liked for pretending to be someone who I am not.
My most treasured memories all involve developing bonds with others through shared experiences. I find immense joy in getting to know people deeply - understanding what motivates them, what scares them, what fulfills them. When it comes to social relationships, I value quality over quantity. I am intentionally selective about who I spend time with, but I am extremely loyal to those in my inner circle and fully invested in their well-being.
I have high self-efficacy when I am at my best. I aim to have full control of my decisions and take full responsibility for their outcomes. In general, I think it is important to protect everyone’s right to individual liberty. Personally, I want to live my life in peace without being coerced by someone else’s agenda. In turn, I refrain from imposing my own morals onto others. I believe that people who have different moral systems can coexist and find common ground when they practice mutual respect.
Growth is achieved by developing discipline to lean into hard things consistently. By showing up for myself, hard things eventually become easier, and effortful things eventually become automatic habits. I believe that people are antifragile and the only way to be prepared for the chaos of life is to continually find new ways to challenge the mind and body. I add tasks to my routine that make me uncomfortable, but from which I am able to adapt and recover.