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The Love Of Denim

A pair of denim jeans are a favourite choice of attire for millions. This popular indigo-coloured piece of clothing was born in 1873, courtesy a tailor named Jacob Davis, and Levi Strauss, owner of a fabric house.

Crafted for cowboys and miners, it became a choice for mail workers in the US looking for sturdy wear, something that can stand the constant wear and tear of a coal mine, for example. These were uncomfortable at that time, and no one wore them on the street.

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Jeans are now a staple of our wardrobe, and are the go-to garment when we don’t know what to wear.

However, producing a pair of denim takes a toll on pollution levels, as it takes about ten thousand liters of water to make one.

The 50’s saw the humble pair of jeans entering the highly influential movie industry when heartthrob James Dean wore them in Rebel Without A Cause in 1955.

Denim attire was also worn by Marlon Brando, leading to blue jeans being banned in public schools.

The 60’s saw the casual blue jeans being embraced by the hippie culture of freelove and youth, with customized jeans becoming popular. Blue Jeans also became a way to illustrate gender equity.

The fashion industry took notice of the denim phenomenon in the late 70’s, with Calvin Klien pioneering blue jeans on the fashion runway. It ran provocative advertising to attain mindshare, and catapulted denim to become much more than casualwear, desirable by both men and women.

The Hero Archetype mobilizes the boy’s latent energy, breaking the cocoon of family and security. It enables the person to grow and learn by placing him in uncomfortable, often difficult situations. It is ultimately a test that leads to emotional and spiritual growth.

The challenges lead to a big push that results in self-realization, as without such obstacles the boy would not procure the courage that is required.

A hero isn’t just what pop culture has shown us, the typical ‘real man’ who is noble and masculine. A hero can also be a person who is a child (psychologically) and moves into adulthood or gains maturity due to a series of circumstances, events and situations.

We tend to glorify the hero, but overlook the shadow, which is the hidden motives and behavioural patterns that lie in one’s subconscious mind.

  • The Grandstander Bully: The main driving purpose of a Bully is to impress people around him by being superior and dominating. A Bully is almost always filled with insecurity and cowardice
  • The Coward: In any physical, emotional and intellectual confrontation, the Coward finds it extremely difficult to cope up.

Both the shadows create the ‘backend drive’ that influences human behaviour. The Hero archetype has the risk of a downfall as he may be under the power of one of the two shadows or does not acknowledge his own limits.

Many of us admire heroes on the big screen, and in books, but envy them in real life. If we come across a hero archetype in our professional or personal circle, we tend to pull them back down.

In the corporate world, heroes come across as egocentric managers or celebrity CEOs. They have a flashy lifestyle akin to Tony Stark, but that does not necessarily translate into a successful company.

True leaders possess two main qualities: indomitable will and humility, which ensure that they are respected and maintain their success.

Carl Jung

“The hero’s main feat is to overcome the monster of darkness: it is the long-hoped-for and expected triumph of consciousness over the unconscious.”

The Hero

The concept of a hero is spellbinding, and this archetype has been in the human psyche since time immemorial, whether through verbal stories, or the earliest written epics.

The lifecycle of a hero is to overcome several obstacles to survive or to achieve specific goals. Heroes and superheroes are celebrated in all kinds of media. The most popular stories of epic adventures have the hero, who often fails, coming back spiritually richer in the end.

The Existence of Round Planets

The life cycle of a planet usually begins when the gravity of the star attracts clouds of rocks and dust until it forms into a blob that attracts more matter towards its center.

Since gravity works in all directions equally, this is the reason why planets are round-shaped instead of any other form.

The Shape of Moons and Asteroid

The idea of a cube-shaped moon is not entirely impossible. However, for it to happen, it will take a much longer time before we are able to see one.

Asteroids and moons are generally smaller than planets therefore it goes to show that they both have lesser gravity thus they are less round than planets.

Imperfectly Perfect-Sphered Planets

Although the roundness of the planets is not perfect, every planet belongs in its own spherical category, like the Earth is an "oblate spheroid."

Due to the differences in the planet's sizes, bigger planets such as Saturn may gather extra mass around its middle area and get thicker.

Stoics preferred to control fears and desires, rather than being their prisoners.

That led them to visualize worst-case scenarios in detail, in order to control them.

We are risk-averse by nature, and we're also imaginative. That gives us the capacity to overthink our fears until they become way worse than truth.

The act of defining fears gets the worst-case scenario on the page. And in most cases, it’s not as bad as we thought, or as likely.

Fear-setting

It is a decision-making tool for risky situations. The main point is that visualizing the worst-case scenarios lets you manage them rationally.

There are 3 stages in fear-setting for any decision:

  • Defining fears
  • Predicting the benefits of attempting an action
  • Calculating the costs of doing nothing.
  • We like to keep things the same. And keeping things the same usually seems like the safest play. But that's not true.
  • Every choice comes with costs. So when you choose to keep things just as they are, you give up the benefits of everything else.
  • You have to count the costs of doing nothing.
  • Fear-setting is for any decision that’s causing you stress.
  • It’s a way to stop fears from preventing success and spiraling out of control. 
  • Fear-setting doesn’t work if you’re not honest.

For the new year, focus on good quality sleep as the foundation of good health and longevity.

We are in control of having a regular bedtime and wake-up time and establishing good sleep habits. Once these are set, you'll be in a better place to tackle other goals, such as a regular exercise routine and nutrition.

Keep your resolutions manageable

One of the most important things when planning your new year is not trying to change too many things at once.

Focus on achieving one change that can then be turned into a habit, because once something is a habit you are likely to do it every day.

So much of the internal problems we have start from beating ourselves up.

Pay attention to how you speak to yourself and try to come to an internal conversation that is not about being hard on yourself.

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