Microcosmographia by William Van Hecke

Litany of the Long Self

Microcosmographia lxxi: Litany of the Long Self

Microcosmographia is a newsletter thing about honestly trying to understand design and humanity.

If you’re anything like me, your brain does not summon up reasons to be proud without some delicate coaxing. It helps to keep a “done list” to complement your “to-do” list for the day, to acknowledge how much you’ve accomplished. This can change the character of a day from “what a bust” to “what an achievement”. But you also need it on a larger scale. When you genuinely reflect on the overwhelming torrent of the long and fractally detailed history of your life so far, you find there is so much to give yourself credit for, so much evidence that you’ve been through a lot and you can surely get through a lot more. Here’s a list that I recite to myself on days when I am uncertain about whether I’ll be able to handle whatever comes next.