Tuesday, March 30, 2010
WORDS WORDS CLICHE
keri smith's wish jar is one of my ultimate favorite blogs. when i feel uninspired and aimlessly looking for something to hold on to, i read her blog. she's an artist who has a knack for writing about things that resonates into my being. she writes about life, nature, art, mundane things and lots of LISTS. i love lists and i love her. this rebel manifesto she recently posted is a pleasant reminder about fearlessness and experimentation. it applies not only to making art but life in general. and if you know me, i love conversations like this. it's along the lines of "what doesn't kill you will make you stronger " and "this too shall pass." the reason i love quotes like this is because i'm always in constant fear of losing what's truly important in life. i end up caring too much and almost always sweating the small stuff. this constant battle with myself has me looking for in-my-face kind of inspiration. (yeah i know i'm nuts ---and uptight).
i've collected a few words from random readings online and here's what i've gathered so far...
1. let it go. aka loosen up. don't worry about the things that are not controllable. move on to the next challenge.
2. words of lulu, it's never too late to change things. if you want to dress better, then do it. dress better.
3. time wasted in pleasure is not time wasted. i forgot who said this, but oh so true. (edit:bertrand russell?)
4. stay hungry and stay foolish. i heard this from steve jobs' commencement speech in princeton. which made me cry. i know he's a genius. but the best thing i got from his speech is to work really really hard for what you want. never settling for anything less.
5. learn the fringe benefits of failure (and imagination). as j.k. rowling said, "You might never fail on the scale I did, but some failure in life is inevitable. It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default."
i know some of them are shocking, shockingly familiar. but this post is entitled cliche for a reason. it's not a cliche if it doesn't amount to some form of truth one way or another. i believe it doesn't hurt to live by these words, does it?