Consider this a journal article. One that’s inevitable at this point in my life. Apparently, I chose a path for my life that many great thinkers also took. One that involves antifragility. A life consisting of a lot of stability and a bit of volatility. “The best philosophers were not academics, but had another job, so their philosophy was not corrupted by careerism.” says Nassim Taleb.
The stability is necessary for me not to worry about everyday things. I have a day job that isn’t too intellectually challenging, but I can learn and improve skills there. It provides financial security while not crippling my ability to undertake intellectual challenges with the rest of my life.
That’s the volatility part of my life, which allows me to play around with risky undertakings — side projects or adventures in thought — that might be rewarding (financially or intellectually). And if they fail, I’ve lost almost nothing. Without these volatile projects, my mind would wither and die pretty fast.
This construct — volatility on the shoulders of stability — makes my life rather robust against black swans as well. The skills I learn and cultivate are diverse, so whatever happens with society, I should be able to make a living — I’m not overly fragile. My next task: become even more antifragile.