Louis CK on Pressure

I like pressure. Pressure doesn’t make me crack. It’s enabling. I eat pressure, and there might be times when I get a bad feeling in my gut that this might be too much, but you feel pressure when you’re not doing something, you know? When you’re getting ready for something, you feel pressure—when you’re anticipating. But when you’re constantly in activity, there’s no time for pressure to just sit there and make you crack.

I like the idea that pressure, when responded to properly, doesn’t make you crack. It helps you anticipate, to keep working, to remain active. Instead of letting pressure swallow you, you “eat” the pressure. Stomach it down and let it fuel you instead of draining you.

Some might say that treating pressure like it’s not dangerous is a silly thing to do, and eventually everyone runs the risk of cracking under pressure. Louis kind of addresses this in another part of the same interview…

I had to put some time and effort into figuring out how to manage energy and time and brain effort and all that stuff. I’ve got a bunch of different things I do. I learned that sharks sleep parts of their brain, like rolling blackouts; they can’t fall asleep because they can’t stop moving or they’ll suffocate. So they sleep sections of their brain at a time. So I do kind of a version of that, where I shut down brain centers. I literally tell myself, “Don’t logistically problem-solve for the next three hours, but you can talk to folks. Driving my kid home from school—don’t think about all the professional things you have to do.”



Finding Peace


What is your world? Is the world subjective? Does everyone’s world look different? What color are your tinted glasses?

Sometimes I wonder about the amount of decisions that “need” to be made on a daily basis. This is probably why minimalism is so attractive to me. Life is simplified, and the amount of work you have to do, cognitively, is reduced.
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