Category: Thoughts

Gender, to me

Gender, to me

The notion of gender is confusing to me. Of course, there are biological differences between men and women. I am sure that if I had been born a man (in the strict sense of the word), my personality wouldn’t be the same as it is now. My appearance, obviously, wouldn’t either. But, I often forget […]

Alice De Schutter, blog post on mental models.

Broadening my set of mental models

Last month, my dad showed me an interesting article about mental models. Mental models can be seen as “the mind’s toolbox for making decisions”. The article highlights the benefits of having as many as possible. According to the author, this leads to clearer thinking. As I read the article, I realised that one of the reasons I […]

blog post on silence

On Silence and Chocolate mousse

Today I spent the day without earphones. Not because I intentionally wanted to but because I couldn’t find them in my room and didn’t have time to look more thoroughly as I happened to be late for my bus. As I left, I remember thinking that my day was doomed. I was going to be away […]

Local currencies

Benefits of local currencies

What I like about the French documentary “Demain” (or “Tomorrow” in English) is that it doesn’t only focus on the social/environmental problems of our century. Instead, concrete and creative examples on how to solve them are also offered. “Demain” is actually the first documentary that I have seen on this topic that has left me […]

“The Growth Mindset”

Today, I watched a video that talked about “the growth and the fixed mindset”. The growth mindset is one in which you understand that growth and ability is developed through hard work. On the other hand, the fixed mindset is one in which you believe that you are born a certain way – with fixed […]

The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took the other, as just as fair, And having perhaps the better claim, Because it was grassy […]

Money/ Spending less

Money/ spending less

Recently, I have found myself wondering about money and specifically about the way that I am spending it. Is it necessary for me to spend this much? Am I spending money on things that I need and that will enrich my life? How do I know when it’s enough – when the excess doesn’t lead […]