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Welcome to the rollercoaster ride that is the inaugural episode of WTS Presents: All the Feelings, where we’re tackling the big, scary, exhilarating, and occasionally refrigerator-filled world of change. Today we’re serving up a cocktail of emotion, with a dash of humor, a sprinkle of sarcasm, and a generous dose of poetry.

First, we dive into the treacherous waters of domain names, where one wrong move can have you sharing an acronym with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms — talk about an unexpected change! We then wade through the murky depths of metathesiophobia, a fear of change that’s as tricky to navigate as the word is to pronounce. Tommy opens up about his personal journey of moving apartments in Los Angeles, a tale that involves an Indiana Jones fridge, a soundtrack of weekly car crashes, and a superintendent who’s a little too fond of mold. But fear not, this tale of change has a happy ending, complete with a new home, a life-changing freedom from metal plates, and the four-legged love of Tommy’s life, Foster. Who knew change could be so…furry?

From there, we set sail on a historical journey that takes us from the days when travel was all about the destination, to the birth of the SS Norway — the ship that flipped the cruise industry on its head. This rusty old relic transformed into a floating city, sparking a revolution that forever changed our perspective of big boats. It’s safe to say that journeying across the ocean has never been the same.

Pete’s fascinated by the Hedonic Treadmill. No, it’s not the latest fitness frenzy, but a psychological concept that explains why we always return to a baseline level of happiness. It’s like we’re all hamsters in a wheel, constantly running but never really getting anywhere. We debunk some common myths about happiness. According to Sonja Lyubomirsky, a renowned psychology professor, tying your happiness to specific events — like getting married or striking it rich — won’t make you permanently happy. 

Finally, we offer a sonnet by Rainer Maria Rilke, who reminds us to embrace change, even if it feels like we’re shattering into pieces.

So there you have it, folks! Change can be scary, exciting, and sometimes it even comes with a free fridge. But hey, if we can survive this episode, we can survive anything.

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Welcome to All The Feelings: A sometimes-funny podcast about being human.

Every week hosts Tommy Metz III and Pete Wright each drag one of their big feels into the light to share it, learn about it, and hopefully laugh about it with all of you.

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