Interesting studies being done on urban areas and residential stress/anxiety. The associated image—of cars stuck in traffic behind a swarm of pedestrian traffic—is stress-inducing in and of itself.
However, the flipside of stress is serendipity. The city offers both in abundance. It is the moments of serendipity that make city-living worthwhile, despite the stress.
I like the idea of “performance physics.”
You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.
— Steve Jobs (1955-2011)