Today I’m going to write about art, and my newfound appreciation for it. I should clarify that I am referring to static visual arts – paintings, sculpture, photography, etc. And I have been consuming it recently in the form of coffee table books. Fairly recently I started to dedicate a slot in my calendar towards paging through a coffee table book each day. For no real reason other than to expose myself to new and different things, to see if anything triggered any inspiration. And it kind of worked! I inevitably learned about the specific artists I was viewing, different regions of the world, historical events, technological advancements, and that type of stuff. But it also shifted my perspective slightly, or maybe to put it another way it gave me a new filter through which I could look at everything else. And that was really the key. I don’t want to say I have the perspective of an artist. I am staunchly in the left brain camp for better or worse. But when I see the world around it’s much easier for me to take inspiration, and think about creative possibilities. I would classify that last sentence as dribble. Just throwing some words together and hoping that no one thinks too much about what they mean. Sorry.
I’m not sure how to tackle this one, it could go anywhere. Consider that your fair-warning. Today’s topic is things I hate. No, I think a better description is “an analysis on why I hate certain things”. There must be some categories. But I want to focus on the category of things I hate that I suspect might have some attraction to me deep down. Or maybe I see them in myself and I don’t like it, which is why I can openly hate it in others? Those two answers are not the same. Oh boy, not off to a good start. This could go anywhere.
Can’t think of a pun to use for the title of today’s entry, ominous sign (Edit – came up with one!). In the interest of full-disclosure, and in the interest of artificially inflating my word count, I need to confess that I’m not in a very good mood right now. Just a general feeling of annoyance, primarily from the fact that I’ve been running behind all day, lost my temper a couple of times already, and generally feel like I’ve squandered the day. Ironically this comes a day after I wrote a piece about how impactful scheduling has been on my life. Well I didn’t write a schedule today, and look what happened! Maybe I’m just proving my point. Actually, thinking back now, I woke up, because I went to bed a little late since I was talking on the phone with a friend. Maybe I can and should attribute the poor first half of my day to that phone call. Does anyone care? I’m sorry you had to read that.
Today’s topic is routine and maintaining a schedule. Maybe you should get a cup of coffee or a red bull before we dive in.
Before I jump in to today’s topic, wanted to wish all of my readers in the US a very Happy 4th of July. I don’t think there’s much doubt that we (America) are a nation in deep decline, but that doesn’t mean we’re still not pretty good, and better than all the other available living options. Yikes, what a dangerous and dumb statement without providing any selection criteria. I will leave it up since it’s a teachable moment. Happy 4th of July everyone!
I had to try and interpret what I meant by today’s prompt, which was listed as ‘why not be a nihilist?’. I can clarify a little bit. Probably very similar to most other people who are getting older I’ve realized that I am not the center of the universe. One of seven (or eight now?) billion people. Even if I were to achieve my wildest dreams, fame, fortune, professional success, I am confident nobody would miss a beat half a day after I’m gone. This is evidenced by the constant stream of En Memoriams you see on Awards shows, the nightly news, etc. People who have accomplished far more than I could ever dream of get 30 seconds of life highlights and then they’re done. Gone from public consciousness, maybe remembered again on a few months later, then filled away. Of course the family and friends of the deceased will be affected for longer, and carry on the legacy of the deceased in certain cases, but even for them life will go on. So maybe what I’m trying to say is that we talk about legacy as something that’s worthy, but it’s value might be a little overblown. You see every street in any given downtown named after someone, but you probably never think twice about what that person did to warrant the honor. Same with buildings, parks, etc. Nobody is going to remember you.
Today’s topic is my favorite places. What a nice change of pace after that string of introspective, sad pieces. I’m sure I’ll be able to find a way to bring down the mood though, don’t despair. Maybe I will start by covering the places where I’ve spent time in my life so far, and give my impressions of them. Then I will get into “special places” that I may have visited that left a lasting impression. And I will finish by listing out a few places that I want to go in the future, and my criteria for places I would want to spend extended time, or maybe live in the future too. That’s a lot to tackle, let’s get into it!
Today’s topic is insecurities. And for those of you who are reading these posts daily (why?), I want to circle back on an action I had from yesterday. I did check the prompts list to make sure they still make sense, and was happy with it for at least the next few days. So I’m sticking with it.
The last three entries have been a little redundant – my apologies. I hope you somehow end up reading one out of three, or at most two. But here we are, another work themed entry coming your way. I am taking a note to review my prompts tomorrow afternoon and will make any edits as needed. It’s unlikely that I will actually do it, but I will take a mental note.
Today’s topic is business. Again, a little too vague with a lot of crossover with tomorrow’s topic which is work. Maybe for today we cover types of businesses I’m interested in and why. Try to see if there are any threads that tie them together. This I’m sure will spill into my current opinions on work and what I want to do next, but I will try to save most of that for tomorrow. Ok, I have a couple ideas, let’s see how this goes.