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Cheryl Strayed on Self-Pity

Cheryl Strayed on Self-Pity

Welcome to Make Daily! This episode contains an idea, reflection, and a simple action you can take on your creative project today.

The world is noisy and your dreams deserve attention. Use this minute to shift your focus back to what you want to get done today.

Idea 💡

“Self-pity is a dead-end road. You make the choice to drive down it. It's up to you to decide to stay parked there or to turn around and drive out.”

— Cheryl Strayed

Reflection 🤔

Self-pity fools you into feeling good about not taking action.

This feeling often comes from a real place. Maybe you’ve had to overcome obstacles, experiences, or pain that others haven’t had to deal with. In my experience, self-pity is a cocktail of feeling misunderstood, lonely, and entitled all at the same time.

But sitting in it only makes things worse. The best remedy i’ve found is taking action.

Action ✅

Where in your life do you feel a sense of self-pity? Take an action instead of sitting in it today.

Deeper Dive 🌊

Here’s the complete quote by Strayed from her book Tiny Beautiful Things:

"Nobody's going to do your life for you. You have to do it yourself, whether you're rich or poor, out of money or raking it in, the beneficiary of ridiculous fortune or terrible injustice. And you have to do it no matter what is true. No matter what is hard. No matter what unjust, sad, sucky things befall you. Self-pity is a dead-end road. You make the choice to drive down it. It's up to you to decide to stay parked there or to turn around and drive out.”

About the creator 👤

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Cheryl Strayed is an American writer and podcast host. She has written four books: the novel Torch (2006) and the nonfiction books Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (2012), Tiny Beautiful Things (2012) and Brave Enough (2015). Wild, which told the story of a long hike that Strayed took in 1995, was an international bestseller, and was adapted as the 2014 film Wild. (Via Wikipedia)

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Alex