“Consistency is the playground of dull minds.” I’ve been really feeling this line from Sapiens: A brief history of humankind by Yuval Noah Harari. My entire foray into Insta is one big leap toward shaking things up to keep my mind sharp. I notice I keep craving structure and familiarity in my life, but too much of it makes me feel like an out-of-date robot. How do you balance those competing urges? One small thing I’m doing today is posting here (consistency) and trying a new-to-me font inspired by @thegraytergood (shaking things up).⁣

"Consistency is the playground of dull minds.”

Published by Emily P.G. Erickson

Emily P.G. Erickson is a writer with a master's degree in psychology. Her service journalism and personal essays about mental health, mindfulness, and motherhood have appeared in The New York Times, WIRED, Romper, Elemental, and elsewhere. You can find the latest from Emily at

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