Lately, as we try to sever our ties and create new ones, I find myself thinking, “What the hell are we doing?” So at the risk of veering toward the Pollyanna, this post is my attempt at remembering some of the things I’ve learned in the last year, which is quite possibly the most surprising and remarkable year of my life.
1. Love your family. Tell them so. Often.
2. No (wo)man is an island. Only sometimes the bridges are hard to see.
3. Mercy is all that you need and much more than you deserve.
4. Sometimes the hardest thing is also the rightest thing.
5. When you put your mind to it, you can surprise even yourself.
6. The world is a miraculous place.
7. You are blessed beyond measure. Even when you think the world is coming to an end. Even when the world is coming to an end.
8. Nothing is closer to the Apocalypse than New York City. This is, surprisingly, both a good and a bad thing.
9. You need to make music every day, not just think about it and write about it.
10. Nature is beautiful. Cities are beautiful.
11. It’s not over yet.
12. WFUV is psychic. And possibly has access to your record collection.
13. When you find a song that moves you, listen to it as often as possible and send it to your friends.
14. Magic is everywhere. You just need to know what to look for.
15. So are stories. Or maybe they are the same thing.
15. You are never too old to learn new things
16. Learning new things keeps you from getting old.
17. More and more, it is a balance between memory and mystery.
18. Friends are all the armor you need. And all the fuel. And all the cushioning.
19. Make sure you are giving as good or better than you get.
20. What matters is what you do for others. What matters is what you do for you. What matters is what you do.
21. A long walk cures many things. Even if you’re being chased by zombies.
22. Say thank you as often as possible.
23. Figure out what is important with you. Think about this often.
24. Read good books.
What about you? What have you learned? What advice do you give yourself?