Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Note to self

1/ Spend less time on fb.
2/ Read more. 
3/ Produce, produce! 
4/ Walk more, go out more. 
5/ Connect with people. 
6/ Don't demand too much from others, but you should learn to trust people. 
7/ Stop thinking of yourself as a victim. 
8/ Stop overthinking. 
9/ Remember: this too shall pass. 
10/ Whenever feeling down, think of Harvie Krumpet. 
11/ Life isn't fair, accept it. 
12/ It's OK to be scared and vulnerable. 
13/ It's OK to be different.
14/ Whenever angry, sit down for 15 minutes, drink some water, don't act right away. 
15/ In relationships, before doing something, think if Jane Austen would have laughed at it. 
16/ Everybody has something to learn from. 
17/ It's OK to let go and lose some self-control now and then. 
18/ Don't think in terms of being chosen or not being chosen. It doesn't determine your worth. 
19/ There's a first time for everything.
20/ Get rid of bad habits. 
21/ Keep your laughter. 
22/ Embrace everything. 
23/ Do your best and stop worrying about being mediocre. 
24/ If something doesn't work, try something else. 
25/ Keep your sense of wonder. 


  1. 26/ stop judging yourself
    27/ preserve a sense of humor: it's like gold when dealing with 95% of the human race
    28/ do something fun
    29/ meditate a bit
    30/ look on the bright side of life (life of brian)

    hope the above isn't offensive; just meant in a interested and helpful way...

    1. Oh no it isn't offensive. Thank you very much.
      Your no.27 is a bit similar to my no.21, which is both about the ability to laugh (have a sense of humour) and the way I laugh- I have a very loud, stupid laugh that lots of people have commented on, hahaha.
      Your no.30 is similar to my no.10. Have you seen the short film "Harvie Krumpet"?

  2. haven't seen HK, no... i should have read the list a bit more carefully, tx... i wanted to share this quote i ran across from iain pears newest book, Arcadia; it surprised me it was so accurate; you might tell me what you think: generally speaking, our minds impose an entirely artificial order on the world. it is the only way that such an inadequate instrument as our brain can function. it cannot deal with the complexity of reality, so simplifies everything until it can, putting events into an artificial order so they can be dealt with one at a time, rather than all at once as they should be. such a way of interpreting existence is learnt, rather in the way that our brain has to turn the images which hit our retinas upside down in order to make sense of them.
    children have little sense of time; nor do the very old. they live in an ever-present now, which stretches into the past and off into the future. effect triggers cause, and both happen at the same moment, be that yesterday or tomorrow.

    1. You can watch "Harvie Krumpet" here:
      That's interesting. I have to think more about it.

    2. just did. i liked it, i think; but i felt about two generations early. it reminded me of Candide; kind of derivative in that way... i liked the Pachelbel and resphigi - two favorite composers. i have trouble with the philosophy that instructs one to cram as much as you can into a short life. reviewing my life, i've seen that people who do that seem to miss most of the real joys; they are so busy scooting about that they can't get the juice out of what's there... i like the expression, where ever you go, there you are. i think about the times that have been really good for me, and almost all of them have been when i've been alone or with someone i loved, not doing much, maybe hiking, but trying to understand and perceive beauty - trees, butterflies, rocks, etc. - using my senses in an immediate way to glom onto what is around me... i was a classical musician when young, a car mechanic for a long time, a geologist, and i studied zen rather intensely at one time. i believe the latter gave me more happiness, and the understanding thereof, than anything else... so i guess i'd say, whatever path one chooses, maximizing the opportunities to sense the world around in an immediate way would be the first consideration... i don't know why i'm going on like this, other than you seem to be interested in what i have to say. let me know if it's annoying...

    3. Oh no, don't worry, I'd like you to continue. That'd be nice.
      I think I know what you mean. I keep telling myself that too- to live in the moment, to live life to the fullest, to be aware, really aware of everything going on around me... but I'm not so good at it. Short attention spans. Take reading. Whilst reading a book I often think of other books I shall read next or can be reading at the moment if I read more quickly (of course, you see that it doesn't hurry me up, but still). It probably has to do with the internet? Just 1 click, 1 thing leads to another, and another, and another... and I just can't focus. And whilst doing something I do something else at the same time, or think of something else...

    4. they do say ladies are better at multi-tasking... rereading what i wrote above, i realized it was mostly intellectual stuff and that nobody really acts like that; i certainly don't. what i mostly got out of zen was the elimination of unfocused worry. it's actually a relief not to have to fret about religion or what i should be doing instead of what i am doing at the moment... because the main gist is that what ever you are is fine... regardless of the human craziness surrounding us. geology helps a lot, too, plus reading a lot of sci fi... and measuring things, which is called science: it's comforting to measure something and have it bear up under every test one can imagine; not that that proves what is "real", but it at least creates a workable way of living... and permits a clearer view of existence... i do ramble on; i don't know why it's so difficult to say certain things; words don't seem to work too well, sometimes. Bertrand Russell said: "time that you enjoy wasting is not wasted time". i like that...

    5. reading what i just wrote, i see i didn't address what you said. sorry. get carried away sometimes, yess... i can rarely concentrate on one thing now and i don't believe i ever could very well; there's a whole lot that is not understood about how the brain works; existing theories tend to categorize and compartmentalize acquired data in order to make sense of observed behavior/activity. and then tend to make judgmental analyses of the results. the truth i think is that all brains are different and that each is exemplary in its own way and there's no way to opine that one brain type is better than another. they're all unique. so each is precious and unduplicated; the amazing thing is that such a thing as language can even exist... so however one is, that's the best way to be and the most satisfactory for the person under consideration. other ways of looking at it tend to be accusatory or unfeeling or as i said, judgmental, and have more to do with the individual expressing those thoughts then anyone or thing else... so the one you are is the idealist there is...