January 27, 2021

Halfway through James Clear’s Atomic Habits, it occurs to me that most, if not all, of the tips and tricks taught in his book — on changing, implementing, and stacking habits — are tips of narrative. They’re mostly ad lib sentences, which you fill in with habits and events from your own life.

Any kind of change, I’ve been told, has to have a narrative of some sort. Even the most technical invention needs to be framed in order to have its place in this world. Stories help us to: Launch a product, set up a family, leave a country, buy a car — or learn to drive one.

If all the world is made of stories, including our own interiorities, then I suppose what I am doing here is to try and figure out my own story and how to tell it.