Failure doesn’t mean you have to live with unhappiness.
“This campus has a way of making us depraved.”
I don’t mean to overwhelm myself—it’s just how my brain works.
I tried to bypass sloppy firsts and skip straight to emotional maturity.
A live video premiere, plus a chat about perfectionism.
Embracing my mistakes.
I had to break up with the idealized life I made in my head.
I flaunt ’em.
My relationship with soccer is complicated.
“Full focus” meant more to me than just being able to see.
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