Friday Fun Flier XXXVI
36, I think. I've realized that I'm total crap at roman numerals. What can you do?
Quotes of the week (I can't stop thinking about fear):
"Laziness is just another word for fear"
"Fear can often be interpreted as 'don't do something.' Very cut and dry. But I think fear is necessary to figure out where the line is of what you can and cannot cross."
If you haven't heard of Kai Lenny, here's a video that shows why he's qualified to talk about fear.
My friends, hello! How is everyone today?
I’m wrapping up my time in Costa Rica (for now), and I’m about to fly out and see Puerto Escondido in Oaxaca, Mexico, a place that’s been recommended to me roughly 857,000 times in my last four months of travel.
I’m going to be deepening my surfing ability, learning Spanish, and hopefully finding a place to learn salsa.
If anyone has recommendations for that part of the world, please leave a comment below!
A story I’d wanted to hear for a long time that rocked my world:
Maya Gabeira is a Brazilian surfer who currently holds the women’s Guinness world record for the largest wave ever surfed.
What makes it so inspiring is that before she set that record, Gabeira suffered what should have been a career-ending injury in Indonesia in 2013.
She wasn’t sure she’d ever walk again, never mind come back and set the world record. In this interview, she tells that story, as well as opening up about what it was like to be a trailblazing woman in the male-dominated sport of 90’s/early 2000’s pro surfing.
The amount that she has overcome is staggering. And she’s funny, an absolute joy to listen to. This is one of the best interviews I’ve heard in months.
A no-frills happiness book I read this week:
“I've spent most of my life trying to think my way to happiness, and my failure to achieve that goal only proves, in my mind, that I am not a good enough thinker. It never occurred to me that the source of my unhappiness is not flawed thinking but thinking itself.”
Eric Weiner (pronounced “whiner”), is a grump. He’s lived his life as a grumpy NPR correspondent, covering war and peace alike in foreign countries.
Before he wrote this book, he was a self-help addict.
In The Geography of Bliss, Weiner decides to travel to nine of the happiest (and one of the most miserable) countries in the world, to see what effect place has on the attitude towards life.
There are some amazing insights in here. Weiner covers why Moldova is the most miserable country in the world, why The Swiss are happy without trying, and why happiness is not something you can think your way into.
It’s hilarious. Weiner writes like Bill Bryson, making us laugh at every inconvenient turn.
What I’ve been listening to:
This is a playlist I’ve cobbled together over the last month, of huge female voices that make me feel like I’m living with a movie soundtrack when I travel between cities.
If you’re into feeling like an epic action movie hero (which I certainly am) this is for you :)
That’s all this week folks!
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