File: 1596427893202.jpg (305.21 KB, 1000x1413, book room.jpg)
It was after coming downstairs and accidentally slamming my mug into the doorknob of the kitchen door did I realize something. In my studies, I had encountered stress before—mechanical stress, mind you, though mental stress as well. In science, many things can be adequately explained through simpler analogies, and for me, I suddenly thought of those two being the same thing.
Tempered glass, for example, is only as strong as it is because it is internally stressed, and evenly too. Prince Rupert's drops are unevenly stressed glass droplets. While it may appear that these are extremely strong, the invisible forces holding it together are reliant on it being evenly distributed. And we need to be careful to keep our stresses evenly distributed as well, even if they seem transparent to us.
One day, without any apparent cause, a glass bowl may suddenly shatter, the result of the stresses inside suddenly bursting forth and turning what was once a strong vessel into a pile of shards. If we want to keep these kinds of incidents from happening, we must anneal ourselves, like glass. A long and slow process, where we bask in the heat of our own minds and let ourselves soften slowly, and reform into a tougher, stronger version of what we were before.
I hope my mug continues to live a long and productive life. I hope you all do, too.
Sorry that I had to split >>989
>>994 into six parts, didn't realize that the post limit size was what it was on here. It's been a while since I've been on here and thought I'd return once and a while. Another goal that I've been trying to achive is to communicate with others after a long period of isolation from any type of networking whatsoever. I'm trying to get the hang of honestly, just living again.