Knowing what to ignore

I just finished reading Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari and this is one of the closing lines. It really hit home for me, as I’ve been working to deliberately cultivate what I attend to and what I ignore. Part of the difficulty is that knowing is a dynamic process — sometimes it’s important to attend to the very things we should ignore other times and vice versa. Tonight, as I sit here finishing this caption to post first thing tomorrow, I’m going to use my power to ignore the last 100 or so words I feel like I should write and attend to some self care (see: take a shower, go to bed before midnight) because I think the truth is that is most important right now. ❤️⁣

having power means knowing what to ignore

Published by Emily P.G. Erickson

Emily P.G. Erickson is a freelance writer specializing in mental health and parenting. She has written for popular digital publications, including Everyday Health, Health, The New York Times, Parents, Romper, Verywell Mind, WIRED, and more. Emily is a professional member of the National Association of Science Writers (NASW), the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA), and the Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ). Previously, Emily researched PTSD for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and earned a master's in psychology. You can find the latest from Emily at

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