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Are you still the same person?

Are you still the same person?
By Elizabeth Filips • Issue #22 • View online
How often do you check with yourself to see if you’re the same person? How much of your outdated behavioural patterns, defence mechanisms, routines and beliefs do you carry with you? Even beyond their expiry date, more damaging than healthy?
I’ve been doing some mental spring cleaning. And I’ve realised, I’m really not the same person.
I never before appreciated the importance of values - but really, they are the backbone of my behaviour. They help me decide what I like and don’t like, what I spend my time on, what to panic and hyperventilate about when threatened.
And although they change slowly, values do change. While mentally spring cleaning, I realised my main source of anxiety and panic in life was over things I really didn’t care about, but I was automatically freaking out over, just because I always had.
I’ve never been financially comfortable. So a stable and secure life is what I’d always craved. Taking a break from that path was terrifying. But I’m not that stability craving girl anymore. I now want life to challenge me, and I appreciate it when it does rather than panicking.
This made my anxiety over this break from university disappear in a second. And the list of reliefs just goes on and on.
If you’d like to try this exercise out for yourself, I’ve put together a Notion page with instructions here:
Wishing you an amazing week!
Elizabeth xx

🪄 Quote of the week
“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming ‘Wow! What a Ride!’" 
— Hunter S. Thompson, The Proud Highway: Saga of a Desperate Southern Gentleman, 1955–1967 
🖤 My Favourite Things This Week
Podcast - I STARTED MY PODCAST!!! The full journey belongs in the not-so-great section, but it’s definitely a win and a HUGE childhood dream come true for me. Here’s the first episode on YouTube and here’s it is on Spotify (with much better audio quality, sorry still figuring this out).
Espree - This incredible woman, host of the Women in Tech podcast reached out to me and offered me over an hour of her time and endless insight and advice on how to host a podcast. I just LOVE people so much and am so grateful to her!
Tip - I feel like everyone should know this:
Andrew D. Huberman, Ph.D.
Here is a fun (& useful) one:
That side cramp you feel running etc.?
It’s not a cramp. It’s a collateral branch of the phrenic nerve innervating your diaphragm. Do 2 inhales followed by a lung-emptying exhale, 1-3X. It should resolve right away.
🎙Podcast Episode this week:
🎥 YouTube Videos this week
Reading 1,000 books changed my brain
Reading 1,000 books changed my brain
Regrets, Phobias and Jealousy - let's get closer
Regrets, Phobias and Jealousy - let's get closer
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Elizabeth Filips

Hiya, I'm Elizabeth, a medical student and artist in London. Every Sunday I write about exploring meaning, productivity, little pleasures and just navigating life. And some of my favourite things that week.

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