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How a Sudden Moment of Inspiration at a Coffee Shop Fundamentally Changed My Appreciation For Life

How lucky we are, after all, to be alive.

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My back hurts from sitting on a bench with no backrest. The aftertaste of ice coffee lingers in my mouth. I’m sitting outside. It is chilly, so I am wearing my favorite neon-green hoodie and a beanie. But I am in the sun, and it…



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Sam Padilla

Crypto @ Google Cloud — I write about philosophy, tech, self-development, and the future of humanity.