Steven Ma

Anthony Bourdain & His Unknown Struggles

Anthony Bourdain & His Unknown Struggles

Anthony Bourdain embodied everything I wanted to become professionally.

He travelled to the most beautiful and unique places in the world. He had fascinating conversations about politics and society with the most interesting people in the world. He feasted on the most exotic and delicious foods in the world. And he got paid to do it all.

It seemed like the dream life that everyone wants, but tragically it wasn’t enough. Or it was too much.

The sad irony is that though his show “Parts Unknown” seemed to put his amazing travel life on display for millions, there were dark and desperate parts of his life that were unknown to everyone.

Organic Community is Intentional

Organic Community is Intentional

If you want to make acquaintances, live life as you normally would. But if you want to make meaningful friendships, you have to be intentional.

I’m a fairly shy person. In a crowded setting, I stand by myself wanting to talk to people, but not knowing how. In small groups or one-on-ones, I get awkward about long silences but don’t know what to say.

It’s not easy for me to make friendships. But I know I need them. I need to invest in people and I need people investing in me.

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