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You could argue that my daily life consists of a string of rituals, and you would be right. Ever since I was little I’ve attached value to doing certain things every day and as it shows in my Surprise of the Days, I believe that repetition is useful for something. Lately – besides my new getting-up ritual which includes, but is not limited to, showering, brushing teeth, flossing (new!), doing a sun-salutation, watering plants etc. – I’ve added a couple of new rituals. I call them my check-in and check-out.

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I think I must have been about 16 years old when I saw a girl, a bit younger than me, perform a theater act for a local art-like contest. She was very good. Her act was all about ‘being yourself’. I remember thinking: “I wonder how you do that?”

It was not much later that I heard all these friends of me¬†philosophize about how you should not let yourself be influenced too much by other people. That you should do whatever fits with who you are and that you shouldn’t care too much about what other people would think or say. Again, I was thinking: “I wonder how you know who you are?”. And, I remember not really getting the ‘influences from others is a bad thing’- vibe.

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