Ask Andrew W.K.: Feeling Overwhelmed Counts as Partying

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Dear Andrew,

I'm writing because I can't seem to get past this feeling of being too overwhelmed to do anything with my life. I'm lucky because I have a lot of opportunities to realize my dreams, and I know the things I really want to do in life, but when I start to actually think about what it will take to make them a reality, I get completely exhausted and overloaded from just thinking about all the work required. It makes me feel lazy and then I get discouraged. It's like a vicious cycle. You seem to do so much in your life. I get drained just thinking about your schedule. How do you pull it off? How do you not feel overwhelmed?

Thanks,
Too Much Work


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Ask Andrew W.K.: Embrace the Awkwardness of Hugging

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Andrew,

Today is National Hugging Day. Would you please hug me?

Thanks,
HJ


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Ask Andrew W.K.: Headbanging Is an Art

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Allow your head to bang you.
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Dear Andrew,

While you've touched on some more serious issues, there's one issue that's been on my mind for some time. Sometimes when I'm partying, I feel the need to headbang. I must do it! The release I get from headbanging brings me a lot of joy, but there's one major problem...I always end up getting a sore neck afterwards! Am I headbanging wrong, or am I just partying too hard?

Yours truly,
The Wolf


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Ask Andrew W.K.: I'm a Shoplifter

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Dear Andrew,

I've never really shoplifted before, but yesterday I accidentally stole a T-shirt from a big retail chain. Basically, I was paying for a bunch of clothing at the checkout, and noticed the cashier didn't ring up a T-shirt at the bottom of my basket. She rang up everything else and put the stuff in a shopping bag on top of the unpaid-for T-shirt. I sort of noticed what had happened, but instead of saying anything I just walked out and went home. Now I have this T-shirt that I feel like I accidentally stole, but I also feel like it was kind of the store's fault for not noticing it. It's a huge chain store, so it's not like this one shirt is going to hurt them too much. Is it fine to just keep it? I feel weird about it.

Thanks,
Accidental Shoplifter


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Ask Andrew W.K.: How Do I Keep My New Year's Resolution, for Real This Time?

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Hi, Andrew!

I really want to make some big changes in my life, and I want to use my New Year's resolution this year to get my life on track in a major way. I've been feeling a lot of negativity with people trying to hold me back, and really want to make a huge improvement for personal success in 2015. I've had a hard time living up to promises I've made myself in the past, but this year I'm going for it. Do you have any advice on how to make my resolutions stick?

Thanks,
Big Life Changer


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Ask Andrew W.K.: Are You Santa Claus?

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Dear Andrew,

You are my inspiration, and all I wanted for Christmas this year was you and your party attitude all wrapped up and put under the tree. But you weren't there! Are you Santa Claus?

With love,
Be My Gift


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Ask Andrew W.K.: What's Better? Nachos or Tacos?

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Hey, Andrew!

I could really use your help answering this question...

What's better: nachos or tacos?

Thanks,
Your Party Disciple


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Ask Andrew W.K.: My Holier-Than-Thou Girlfriend Is Demonic

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Dear Andrew,

About a year ago, I discovered that my self righteous, astrological, new age spiritual pseudo-artistic progressive, fake, socialist, feminist girlfriend cheated on me. Actually, she had been cheating on me with a bunch of random dudes for many months. In fact, it seems that I was the last to know, and all her idiotic politically correct piece-of-sh*t friends had been aware of this the whole time and didn't bother to tell me, which just made me look like an even bigger idiot. Obviously, I broke up with her immediately and tried to explain to her what an awful person she is. She was oblivious to this fact then and still is now. What really angers me is that she is constantly being praised and awarded for being such an "important and sophisticated and artistic" person. For some insane reason, she is successful in crappy independent art and film circles and is considered an "important artistic voice for women"; I guess some sort of feminist role model. The thing is, it's all complete bullsh*t. She is a horrible and talentless person who doesn't even live up to the standards she sets for everyone else. She's basically always been a loser whose career is based on her overcompensating for not having anything genuine in her soul, and I'm constantly trying to get people to call her on it. I just hate all these morons and their stupid art movements and political causes and holier-than-thou feminist messages. My question is, how can I convince all these idiots to stop worshipping this woman who doesn't deserve their praise and wake up to their own hypocrisy?

Thank you,
My Ex Is Evil


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Ask Andrew W.K.: Your Hippy-Dippy Love Message Is Naive

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Hey, Andrew.

I dig your music and what you stand for, but I'm kind of getting sick of all the hippy-dippy love stuff lately. Please don't take this the wrong way, I just think your whole message has kinda gotten corny. Maybe I'm out of line, but I don't see how all this cheesy lovey-dovey stuff makes sense in the real world. You're naive. Sometimes love just doesn't work. Sometimes people need to experience a bunch of bad shit in order to wake them up and see the truth. You have to admit that sometimes violence is the only way to make real change and get people's attention. Love isn't always the answer, man.

Sorry for the harsh newsflash. But hopefully this helps you.

Sincerely,
No Peace


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Ask Andrew W.K.: How Do I Stop Worrying and Just Go for It?

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Dear Andrew,

For many years, I've been trying to find the courage follow my dreams. I gave myself until the end of this year to finally make a move, but as my self-imposed deadline gets closer, I'm feeling more and more anxiety. The idea of changing my life literally hurts sometimes, even though I really do want to follow my passion. Without going into too much detail, I've basically always had the same dream. And in my heart, I know what I want to do, but I've always had too many doubts to move forward. I end up talking myself out of following through and instead just play it safe for another year. How do I stop holding myself back? How do I follow my heart when I keep talking myself out of it? How do I do what I love when it seems too terrifying to try?

Thanks for your help!
Stuck In Stability


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