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The Tyranny of the Perfect Life

The 'Perfect Life'

Obsessing over the idea of having a perfect life where you compress yourself into a focused point, means that you will suffer from tunnel-vision. Tunnel-vision means that you will miss much of life.

The perfect life is always around the corner, but the decent life is right here already if you can stop for long enough to see it.

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