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  • Writer's pictureDillan Taylor


This morning, I cleared my laptop and rebooted it as though I had turned it on for the first time. I was able to log onto my Google Chrome account, and I still have all my old files on an external hard drive (I like using computer terms to make myself sound like I know shit). However, something came over me as I began building up my “new” laptop.

Refreshing something is the perfect word because it feels refreshing and satisfying. It’s as though I relieved my computer of toxins and began a new journey. This may or may not be true, but the feeling of clarity—albeit a possible placebo—is real.

We can often get caught up in pitfalls of desire. Upgrades. The newest this. The newest that. We buy books we don’t read just to buy more books later. Our closets are filled with garments we haven’t worn in months or years…

What if instead of buying or craving new things, we took what we already had and refreshed or explored them?

We could: • rearrange our room • pick up that book that’s been sitting on the shelf for years • ask a relative to tell us a story we’ve never heard • call someone who isn’t expecting a call from us • lay down, eyes closed, headphones in, and listen to our favorite album all the way through


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