thoughts

When a cat has done more with it’s life than you ever will

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First thought: let me check the facts. Wikipedia supported this statement, but it’s not always a reliable source – you must go deeper.

In 1975, Jack Hetherington and F.D.C. Willard published a paper together in Physical Review Letters. The paper is an influential view into atomic behavior and has been cited multiple times, but only one of its authors is human—F.D.C. Willard is a cat, Atlas Obscura writes. His owner, Hetherington, added the feline (not pictured) as a co-author when he realized that although he was the sole author, he used the plural “we” and “our.” Instead of retyping his entire paper, he simply tacked on his cat Chester, sneakily calling him “F.D.C. Willard” after his species name, Felix domesticus, his actual name, Chester, and the name of the cat’s father, Willard.

Source: http://www.sciencemag.org/news/sifter/cat-co-authored-influential-physics-paper 

Apparently this cat is not spending it’s time watching YouTube or browsing 9GAG. He’s making useful connections. And that’s what makes me think.

Me, like any other human on Earth, have million things to do every day. You don’t have time for all of them, so what counts as good use of your limited amount of time? Is it useful to spend it washing the dishes? Cleaning your apartment? Reading this book? Or maybe that book? Fiction or non-fiction? Movie or a restaurant? Meeting a friend or reading a book? When we are presented with such array of options we become frozen, unable to choose. And humans are famous for having no idea how to choose or even know what they want or need. How come we grow up and live and still can’t figure out what we want? Or that’s just me?

But one conclusion came to my head. The pleasures in this life are mainly brought by people, relationships, adventures together. Even my experiences are colored mainly because of people I met during my adventures. Doing something alone rarely ever brings something excited. You walked, you ate, you took pictures. That’s what you’d bring from your adventures if you haven’t had any contact with another human being.

Your job: came to work, made some coffee, spend my day doing spreadsheets, came back home to a silent and empty apartment, slept. Something’s really missing from this picture to make it interesting. What? People.

So, if you ever struggle to figure out what’s the next useful thing to do, it’s best to opt for seeing someone, taking someone for a coffee, making a connection, saying hi to a stranger, asking someone what’s up. That’s how you build a life of stories. That’s how you make your pictures matter and bring you the warmest memories. It’s not that instagrammed selfie alone in your room. Or alone somewhere else – doesn’t matter. It’s all about people: business, work, life, adventures, love, friendships. People are the core of everything, whether you like alone time, whether you seek constant interaction. Look back at your best memories: who were they with? Were you alone?

What brought you the most satisfaction in life? Was that something you did completely alone? Was there a person who showed you/told you/kept your company?

Without people you’re not really living.

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