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I sometimes wonder how many cool people I’ve deprived myself of meeting by erecting a cold impenetrable veneer, how many important friendships and contacts and girlfriends I’ve avoided over the years, but mostly I just think about cute cats, Spider-Man, and cake, and then I take a nap.
My phone alarm woke us at 6AM. She drifted in and out of sleep while I played with her hair and face. Her body was warm and comforting and I felt another mild stitch of regret for deciding to move. At 6:30 she got out of bed and put on an oversized plaid shirt and we walked to my car, silently.
In New York, as David Cross likes to say, “You are constantly faced with this very urgent decision that you have to make about every 20 minutes. You have to decide immediately, ‘Oh my god, do I look at the most beautiful woman in the world or the craziest guy in the world?'” There are more than eight million other people bookended by those two superlatives, and while some, like your boss, might contribute to your stress, many of them reduce it.