Thursday, August 30, 2012

Skip The Light Fandango

I don't care.

Sounds reckless, irresponsible and oblivious to consequences.

On the contrary, it is the only way to get through the maze of life.

When you don't care about outcomes, you don't worry. When you don't worry, you don't stress. When you don't stress, you live a happier and longer life. You have confidence in yourself, your actions, your footprint.You stand tall, you smile, you are fun to be around and you appreciate, then devour all that life has to offer.

You skip the light fandango.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Baker Street

Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.
-Steve Jobs

Sunday, August 19, 2012

L'art pour l'art

As a second year student at the University of Michigan, I took a course on cinematography taught by Professor George Manupelli. Rather than sit in a big lecture hall, Dr. Manupelli taught us film sitting is a cramped colorless classroom filled with 19 year-old aspiring filmmakers.

On the first night, (most of his classes were held at night), Dr. Manupelli sat on the edge of a desk and asked us why we were there. Eventually, someone got it right, we were there for art.

"Why art?"

What seemed like a thousand answers later (it was only 40 minutes), he told us:

"Art for art's sake."

Saturday, August 04, 2012

These are the days

These are the days of the endless summer
These are the days, the time is now
There is no past, there's only future
There's only here, there's only now
I looked for this video on YouTube, it found me instead.
A portrait of earth's wonder, of stillness by design.
It will touch your soul in breathtaking silence.
It will change your life, as it did mine.

These are the days of the endless dancing and the
Long walks on the summer night
These are the days of the true romancing
When I'm holding you oh, so tight
Play this for someone,
before it is too late.
Before being taken from each other
into another life.

These are the days now that we must savor
And we must enjoy as we can
These are the days that will last forever
You've got to hold them in your heart