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Dear Krachel: I got laid off. Can I lie to my family about it?

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Welcome to another episode of Dear Krachel, a monthly advice segment where we answer audience questions about life, career, relationships, existential angst, and anything that helps you become a more whole, fulfilled version of yourself.

On this episode, we’re answering questions from:

Amy, a young woman in her late teens who’s ready to quit some childhood hobbies, but whose parents are reluctant to let her. How can she convince them that she’s serious and that it’s time to let go? Erica, who’s eager to quit her job in corporate America and start her own business, but has …

The danger of living a life that’s OK, but not great

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The following is a trick question:

Would you rather feel miserable, or would you rather feel neutral?

I get it. No one really wakes up in the morning wanting to feel miserable. If you had your choice between feeling misery — you know, the existential angst and the “I can’t do this for one more day” kind of stuff — and feeling indifferent, we all know which one of those sensations sucks less. Feeling neutral about your circumstances may not be fun, but it’s not awful.

And honestly … that’s exactly the danger of feeling …

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