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Words of Advice

Posted in Uncategorized by dagdha on September 7, 2012

Stolen from r/writing:

  • Remember to breathe.
  • Make small karma payments every now and then.
  • Read “Ishmael” by Daniel Quinn.
  • Listen to Pink Floyd while watching an old movie on mute.
  • Don’t own fish.
  • Watch Donnie Darko.
  • Understand how to use BitComet.
  • Go to a protest, even if you don’t agree with the protest.
  • Wear more yellow.
  • Smoke. Quit. Smoke again. And then quit and don’t smoke again.
  • Read Noam Chomsky and Howard Zinn, just not together or in one sitting.
  • Locate your parent’s music collection to help understand who they were and are now.
  • Realize you are not as fat, stupid, or unattractive as you think you are.
  • Realize there is a difference between love and lust.
  • Never date ex-significant others – trust me.
  • Realize that people will die even if you don’t want them to.
  • Think of yourself as red and your lover as blue and your relationship as a vibrant purple – and watch for color changes.
  • Try everything once, minus the bad things.
  • Realize your definitions of bad things will change over time.
  • Question authority, think for yourself and read up on the guy that coined that last phrase.
  • Read “Culture of Make Believe” by Derrick Jensen.
  • Listen to your parents but realize that though they are wise in their years and experiences they are not always right or know what to do.
  • Send a dollar bill in the mail to someone at random at least once a year.
  • Be cautious of anyone that uses terms like “truth” or “freedom” all of the time.
  • Read what you believe but don’t always believe what you read.
  • Locate more sources of information than just your TV.
  • Learn how to make yourself smile.
  • Realize you are more privileged than many other people in the world.
  • Ask small children what the meaning of life is and believe them when they tell you.
  • Pay attention to the details.
  • Watch “Mindwalk” until it clicks.
  • Have at least one best friend you are attracted to and never sleep with them.
  • Change your favorite color for a while and see how it goes.
  • Don’t close your eyes before suffering.
  • Realize the Ying-Yang is one symbol, not two.
  • Meditate.
  • Dance on purpose.
  • Realize there are always more than two sides to any issue.
  • Understand propaganda.
  • Read more.
  • Trust yourself.
  • Move to another country for a while or travel for a great length of time.
  • Realize when someone tells you they just want to be friends they mean something else.
  • Realize when you do the same.
  • Know that the odds are in your favor that you will find someone else.
  • Realize power roles in your family.
  • Look up more than you look down, forward more than back.
  • Go through your old photos and look at the people in the background.
  • Listen more than talk when you get the chance.
  • Ask why more than replying ‘because.’
  • Teach.
  • Look at yourself from outside of yourself.
  • Realize people suffer because they hang on to things.
  • Be honest with your friends until you weed out all of the acquaintances.
  • Argue for something you don’t agree with on occasion.
  • Look at other people looking at other people.
  • Realize life is bigger than you and your worlds.
  • Watch the moon for an hour.
  • Stumble.
  • Get a bowl of water, shake enough pepper on the water to coat the top, put a drop of dish soap on your finger and stick it into the water – and realize the reaction you get is the same reaction you will get if you always told the truth.
  • Get into an argument and lose it on purpose.
  • Read Bukowski.
  • Learn another language.
  • On occasion, be empathetic to a fault.
  • Give more than take.
  • Remember to breathe.
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