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I’ve lived my entire life with a compulsion toward positivity. It’s been a superpower. I’ve become a source of laughter and encouragement for many friends. I’ve taken risks, assuming the pieces will fall in my favor. I’ve walked through most days with a belief in a better future.

But over the past few years, I realized this bent toward positivity has also become a prison. Turns out, there’s a downside to always seeing the upside.

When I speak of positivity, I’m referring to three specific…


Austin Beals

Writer. Improvisor. Human in process. Learning to say, “Yes, thank you,” to the curveballs of life.