Ep 126 The Plague Of Should

October 20, 2023

Good morning from Mexico City. What’s on my mind this morning is self trust and what I sometimes refer to as the plague of the shoulds. Here I find myself in Mexico City, one of the most vibrant places in North America right now. There are articles written about it absolutely everywhere, and so many people you’ve talked to have either been to Mexico City or they have it on their list of places they want to go. Between the museums, the art galleries, the food scene, the parks, the markets the juxtaposition of the history and culture, and this vibrant sense of emergence that you see in every corner of the city. As my friend Eric said, it’s like five cities in one, so of course it’s easy to fall under the spell of the shoulds. And quite frankly, it’s exhausting..

It’s funny I think I’m talking about this because I had a lovely lunch yesterday with someone I met for the first time who was introduced to me through a friend in New York. I brought up the name of a museum to ask him how best to get tickets and if I should get a tour. The first thing out of his mouth was I hate that museum. I was like wow – that completely took me off guard. I was kind of shocked. I said say more, and I let him expound on his reasons. It was really interesting.

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