Every day’s full of randomness. Sometimes we get so focused on the task at hand or caught up with the situations around us that we don’t notice it, but it’s there.
I don’t know if they do this in every city worldwide, but after we finish our days of work, there’re numerous people in downtown Toronto cleverly positioned near office spaces, offering free newspapers for the commute home. We have a few options, but one that I’d really like to talk about is t.o.night newspaper.
It’s hard to write after an especially long day. Heck, it’s hard to do just about anything after a particularly long day! So instead, I curled up, watched several episodes of Community, and tried to wrack my brain as to how to solve the conundrum of an overly-busy schedule.
- Stop playing Mafia Wars
- Get through my sewing class as quickly and painlessly as possible (I’m really not enjoying it as much as I thought I would)
- Watch everything I’ve wanted to watch and read everything I’ve wanted to read so I stop obsessively spending all my time reading and watching shows I hear so much about
- Write like a fiend when I feel like writing so I don’t have to try and force it when I don’t
- Get back to drawing — slowly
- Move at my own pace whenever possible
It’s easy to condemn the world. We look at a world full of war, crime and injustice, and we shake our heads at the horrors we inflict upon one another. We see friends, family and acquaintances perform acts that are morally wrong and we look down on them while trying to sweep their indiscretions under the rug. But we all have a dark side; it’s just that when it comes to ourselves, we absolve ourselves whenever we do something we know we shouldn’t be doing. We justify why we knowingly do things that may not be the best for us or for others, because there has to be a good reason for it, right?
In 1998, Robert Fulgnum wrote a book called “All I Really Need to Know, I Learned in Kindergarten”. Its premise is that we overcomplicate life and that if we all simply follow a short list of rules, we’ll be okay and the world will be a far better place for it. They’re simple, they’re catchy, and they’re things we usually forget as we get older and we make our lives more and more complex. The book simplified into its core lessons as listed in the credo at the front of the book is show in the excerpt below:
Riding the train into work faced with a detour as one of the station in my path had been hit by a power outage. The trio of teenage girls behind me that kept bumping into me as they couldn’t seem to keep their balance in the sardine can. And the guy I had to move away (as far away) from (as possible) because he reeked of urine — at least I think it was urine…
There’s gotta be an easier way than this…