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Matthew Cody Raschella

And give those big questions room to roam

I had a decision to make. A big one. The kind of decision that fills you will dread. I can’t remember what it was because that is the arc of all big decisions — they’re so large they eclipse themselves.

The weather was warm, I remember that much. Cars on the street were sparse as if people understood I needed a wide berth; I had things to work out. The season was winter, but this was California, so it was warm. I went out in a T-shirt and shorts.

The present moment chased me down the street, but I was…


How I texted my mom instead of my boyfriend

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In my defense, I was high….

Not on marijuana. On love. When you’re eighteen, they’re practically the same thing.

It all started in second grade. The day I told a friend I had a crush on Chris Fedun from Jump5, a Christian teen pop group. She gasped, bolted for the blacktop, and immediately told another second-grader. They giggled and pointed at me. I was humiliated. I’ll never forget that day.

It was the day I found out liking boys was wrong.

From that point on my childhood was a conglomeration of covert attempts to avoid the spotlight. After all, the…


Conquer sadness and live the life of your dreams

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As with any goal, there is an exact science to achieving “Annoyingly Positive” status. A blueprint laid out for you here, in a step by step guide. In order to achieve this goal, you must closely follow the rules listed below. And quickly decide how you can begin incorporating them into your day-to-day life.

Rules, I might add, that if skipped, can completely interfere with your desired outcome.

Without further ado, here is a 5 step guide to annoying the crap out of your friends and family, becoming unrelatable, and living the inauthentic (but positive!) life of your dreams.**

Rule #1 — Deny That You’re Sad

The…


And it only takes 30 seconds

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A rock changed my life.

Six years ago I was in New York City feeling depressed and alone. I happened to look down at my feet, where I saw a rock.

It was an unassuming little thing, cradled among other unassuming rocks. We were on an unassuming street. And it was an unassuming day.

I’m holding the rock now, as I write this. I take it with me when I leave the house, which isn’t often anymore because of the global pandemic. But there was a point when it never left my pocket. …


And What Every Writer Should Expect

One day, in an attempt to block out the world, I retreated to my balcony with my laptop. At the time, I had just finished a string of short stories and, feeling a tad burned out from the world and creativity, decided to give myself a break. A break of “no writing.”

As any writer knows, trying not to write is like trying not to pee after a gallon of Gatorade. It’s all fun and games until it isn’t.

I didn’t set out to write a novel. In fact, I remember thinking “gosh, I…


Hint: You only need to do one thing.

You’ve been there. I’ve been there. We’ve all been there.

It’s not a fun place to be.

It starts like this: One minute you’re doing fine. Great actually. Then out of nowhere everything changes.

Matthew Cody Raschella

Writer | Storylover | Gratitude Thinker | Kindness Beliver | No such thing as too many books | Los Angeles, CA | matthewcodyraschella.com

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