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I hesitate to get caught up in the drudgery of over-hyped superstitions. It seems there is always a countdown to a party that no one wants to throw. We all waited for Y2K to happen as the final seconds of 1999 drew to a close. In the end, mass blackouts and worldwide electrical breakdowns were replaced by the usual walk-of-shames and full-day hangovers. January 1st, 2000 was no different than any other first day of the year. However, let’s imagine for a moment that the Mayans were onto something and December 21st of this year will be the end of everything. No more processed foods. No more fantasy football. No more Maxim magazine. If this is the case, we might as well live the year 2012 as best as we can. I have some friendly suggestions on how to complete this task.
  1. Stop telling us how much you love The Jersey Shore. Sure, you may find this train wreck form of entertainment so intoxicating that you do not blink during an entire episode, but nobody really wants to hear about it.
  2. Visit the library more often. Somebody is offering you all the knowledge of the world for nothing in return. This concept is so beautiful, it makes my head spin.
  3. Just because Ryan Gosling is in it, doesn't mean it’s going to be a good movie. There are hundreds of brilliant movies released each year that do not have the budget for A-list actors or nationwide advertising. These flicks are usually thought-provoking and worth seeing.
  4. Take more pictures of everything. We all have cell phones that can accomplish this, so there is no excuse not to. Life is a moving canvas of beautiful images. Document them.
  5. Spend at least one evening a week working on something you love. It doesn’t matter if this time is spent working on writing a sequel to The Labyrinth or making animals out of pipe cleaners. If it is something you love to do, you will feel fulfilled at the end of the day. Take your dreams out of your bed and put them into action.
Food for thought.



Dedicated to the memory of Seann Flynn.