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Hey <<First Name>>.

I woke up once with a funny thought. 

First off, it wasn’t just me who woke up. It was a flabby, pale, broke version of myself. At least that’s who I saw gazing back at me through the mirror.

I thought about a Steven Pressfield quote:

"The Daily Show reported recently that scientists in Japan had invented a robot that is capable of recognizing its own reflection in a mirror. 'When the robot learns to hate what it sees,' said Jon Stewart, 'it will have achieved full humanity.'"

Hate is a strong word. Disappointment might be more accurate.

Another more optimistic and compassionate voice entered my head, bringing with it the funny thought: What if today was the first day of my life?

What would I do if I woke up today – with all my flab and none of my cash — and it quite literally was my first day on Earth? What if I was born today under these exact circumstances – this brain, this body, this location, with this knowledge and with whatever possessions I have. What would I do?

First off, here’s what I wouldn’t do: I wouldn’t be disappointed. I wouldn’t “hate what I saw.” How could I possibly? I was born today.

Next, I might thank (or more likely, question) whatever force brought me into this world. And if I knew any better, I'd give thanks for the one thing I wasn’t born with that everyone else around me possesses: A history.

A history is the difference between us and the person born today. A history to beat ourselves with. A history of failures to count. A history of opportunities lost and relationships messed up. A history of not treating ourselves well. A history of not respecting or loving ourselves. A history of remembering.

The person born today has no past – only a future and a present moment.

If today I was born flabby, I could start working out today.

If I was born pale, I could find the sun.

If I was broke, I could find ways to add value to the world and pitch myself as the one who could add that value.

What happened before this day is irrelevant. Today was the day I was dealt.

So I started going back to the gym. I've just spent the last week in Nicaragua to reunite with the sun. I pitched and applied for more work.

I remembered my agency. I temporarily forgot my history.

Isn't this our opportunity every day?

According to science, it is – our bodies and our personalities are born anew many times over across our lifetime.

When I think of today like the first day of my life, the disappointment disappears and the day has a new, magical quality to it. Full of possibility, with none of the baggage. It’s not just another day. It’s the first day. My first day. I've got a brand new shot at this.

Today, like everyday, is the first day of my life.
 
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     What's On My Mind...      


My goal is to make this newsletter both incredibly valuable for you and sustainable for me to deliver regularly. Over the last couple months I've tried compiling 3 useful tips for working, living and traveling. I think they were useful, and I certainly enjoyed putting them together. But I worried that I, Matt, was missing from the tips.

So this week, I tried a more personal thought (above), coupled with 3 shorter, deliberate tips (below). If you have any opinions on how this is for you – what you like, what you don't – please do reply to let me know!

P.S. A special welcome to new subscribers Max, Kathleen, Kei, Amandeep, Jessie, Jennifer, Patrick, Kayna, Nacy, Audrey, Jasmine, Gary, Daniel, Anette, and Anshul! Thanks so much for being here.
 
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    WORK    Pay Yourself First


If you're struggling to make progress on a personal project outside of your day job, try "paying yourself first." This was point #5 on my list How To Be Happier in 2018, and one of the points that seemed to resonate most. If you missed it, check it out.
 
 

   LIFE    How a Book Club Can Change Your Life


After a 6 year hiatus, a couple friends and I decided to relaunch our book club. More important that the books themselves, it's a chance to stay connected to people I love and talk about big life questions and concerns. I wrote about this a few years back, and I stand by it: starting a book club can change your life.
 
 

   TRAVEL    Explore Nicaragua


I'm in Nicaragua with my brother right now. Nothing specific to report, other than this place is wonderful and beautiful. I'll probably write about it soon, but in the meantime you can check out some of our photos here.
 
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