Growing older is the only thing we keep getting better at without trying. Cause no matter the screams or accomplishments or ice cream cone Sundays we happen to accumulate, the time of things happens even faster than that.
New Year’s Wishes? Forget that, here’s some advice instead.
–Swim like a honey bee. With love and care in each gallivanted stretch
–Dream like a child, and pass it on. It’s a much needed commodity in these crazy times
-Meditate in a mall. If security hassles you about it, inform them that meditation hasn’t been outlawed just yet
–Be curious. Ask questions. Be vulnerable. Try . . . If you answered all of the above, consider yourself smarter than most everyone you know
-Believe. And when it makes no sense to do so, heap it on
-Do something really crazy, so long as it doesn’t involve an infomercial purchase
–Write something. Anything. Not for someone,or anyone else. But for you
–Paint something. See above
-Think about getting a tattoo, even if you never got one. Think about it
-If you’ve never been to New Orleans, Go
-If you’ve never been to Detroit, Don’t
-Never let someone piss you off without pissing them off right back (Hey, life ain’t no picnic, so don’t be letting the ants take all the cake)
-Volunteer. Anywhere. Any time. For any thing
–Sing in the shower. Or in public. Same difference. Take it from someone who knows of what he speaks
-Think on a random bit of poetry
-Eat desert for dinner
-Never, ever park in a handicapped parking space. But never, ever think that you can’t wait there
-Chew on a blade of grass
-Sleep naked. Unless kids are in the house, in which case, kick the kids out of the house so’s you can sleep naked
-Read “Life of Pi” at least twice. After which, read it again
-And if you haven’t seen the movie yet, what are you waiting for?
-Curse in Italian. If you don’t know Italian, all the better
-Stop smoking for you, not for anyone else. But keep a pack handy, in the event of a zombie apocalypse
-Argue with an umpire
-Grill in winter
-Have a whipped cream fight
-Catch a butterfly and whisper it a name before releasing it
-Don’t eat a Baconator. That shit will kill you
–Kiss someone on the lips, firmly and with great vigor
–Say “I love you”, not for any reciprocal benefit, but for the peace those words may afford you in the doing
-Play Dan Fogelberg sober. I learned this many years ago. Hey, I’m hopped up on Diet Pepsi at the moment, and he’s still making me cry like a little girl
And last of the not least, have good thoughts always. Take the days ahead as you would a good and trusted friend- with a hug and a smile. Take them that way, and have them well. Each and every one of them.
Love and peace, peeps. Big helpings of it.