I was writing some goal type emails to Chris earlier.
We’ve been sharing what we have in mind for the New Year, and I realized that I had no idea, so I wrote this out kind of on impulse. Maybe it’ll help you out.
BE MORE ARTISTIC – Before my life on the internet, I went to art school for a year to learn metal sculpture, then promptly dropped out. This was ten years ago. I took some bullshit computer job, which I guess I don’t regret since it led me to where I am now.
But I’m upset that I dropped out of art school, and I am upset that I never kept that part of my life going. I knew it’s what I wanted to do, but I totally quit based on expectations of short-term gains. Funny, isn’t it?
BE MORE DARING – I am so conservative sometimes. There are some kinds of risk I really don’t mind, but others that I totally avoid without even thinking about it. It’s like I’ve been programmed by fear… in fact, that’s exactly what it is.
So being more daring is about really considering the decision, rather than just deciding based on fear. I really need to get on that.
BE MORE ECLECTIC – Almost everything I do is based on commerce. That’s so sad. So much of the work I do is based on its value in the marketplace. I need to do stuff that’s totally useless, that I want to do just for me, and that doesn’t necessary benefit me except in how it makes me feel.
Along with that I need to expose myself to all these varying interests I have, like learning to juggle, just for the hell of it. There are a million things that I find fascinating but have never explored, but I have no idea why. So I should.
BE MORE COMPLETE – I just moved into my new place. The previous owner, a friend of mine, loved making food. So I have everything I need in this place to cook, except I can’t. It’s sad. I’m also just now learning how to drive. I don’t know how a car works, either, and I’d probably die in the woods if I were stuck there.
These are basic skills that I need to pick up that can make me a far more decent human being. There’s this tendency for us to specialize these days, so most people don’t ever learn how stuff really works. I want to know, though.