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One of the most valuable things I ever learned was this: The smallest details can fundamentally change what something is.
The best example is with food. Adding curry to your stew immediately makes the diner think about Indian spices, even if all the other ingredients suggest it’s beef bourguignon. The same goes for designing a webpage or arranging furniture in your room.
I struggle with the idea of permanence — the idea that something could be forever. There are three distinct ideas that occupy me.
1. Desire: The desire for permanence, juxtaposed with the possibility that it does not exist, yields no comfort.
I was locked out, so I sat on the steps. I played with the mulch. I occasionally pulled at the door, hoping it would magically unlock. It never magically unlocked.
I should’ve worn a coat, like my mother always told me, but I didn’t. I was cold.
As a young journalist, I did a lot of tedious, unglamorous work and I was OK with it. Because it was all part of the journey — part of the climb to the peak — and this was to be expected. And that hard work paid off, because I got closer to the peak, and each step felt so satisfying.
When I was young my parents owned a dry cleaning business, and in the back there were dozens of large boxes full of hangers. The boxes were stored two-deep, so I would split the boxes and create a small room in which to play. I didn’t pretend it was a house, but rather an office. And in that office, I had a colleague named Mr. Hong who I distinctly remember as being Asian.