We are all ridiculous

We are all ridiculous” was my misremembered sentence from the movie “What We Did on Our Holiday,” a cute film in which Gordie, played by Billy Connolly, explains this in a passage of sage advice to his grandchildren. That sentence resonated with me. Even though I’d not remembered it verbatim (it’s possible I’d had a whisky or “two”), I’ve heard the same point made in a great number of other ways, but his delivery of those words made everything clearer and gave me an epiphany that I hadn’t fully wrapped my head around. Despite my years.

“The truth is every human being on this planet is ridiculous, in their own way…so we shouldn’t judge and we shouldn’t fight because in the end, none of it matters. None of this stuff.” Reading those words won’t have the impact that watching the build up in the film or the delivery when Gordie tells his grandkids does. I’m not recommending the film as if it’s the best you’ll see, but it is heartwarming. In a lot of ways Billy Connolly reminded me of my Dad, not because he’s Scottish and in his early 70’s.

The reason why this resonated so thoroughly is that I’ve had many points in which I’ve resented friends and family’s actions, struggling through feelings of resentment or bitterness towards their behaviour without just outright accepting who they are. We are all flawed. We are all ridiculous. None of it does matter. If you can somehow resign your standards (within reason) and just outright accept someone’s behaviour, you can’t properly understand the forgiveness that should follow.

We are all ridiculous

My intention with this blog is to turn my life around by holding myself accountable to the content I put out and the words I write in the process. Looking over my piles of notes, plans in disarray and wealth of ideas, one thing is apparent. I can either concede that it was all for nothing, or I can quickly bring it to the light and change my position. We are all ridiculous, and in the immortal words of my long lost friend, Maya Washington, that you may know better as “Shameless Maya,” do you boo. You’re likely ridiculous too.

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Zero reason to care about judgement

Zero reason to care about judgement, there are much more stronger people than you! Be as tough or tougher. This is of course to be taken within reason.

“The struggle you’re in today is developing
the strength you need for tomorrow.”

“Change is the essence of life; be willing to surrender
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Perspective changing quotes when life gets you disillusioned


These were compiled over a year or two, but everytime I actually take the time to examine these perspective changing quotes of mine, I feel inspired. Hopefully you can gain something from them too. Reading them with “Immersion” by Jaffna playing in the background will likely also help you focus on the weight of these words.

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“What you allow is what will continue.”

“If you woke up without a goal go back to sleep.”

“Many people fear change. They fight it with all they are. One thing I have learned throughout my life is that change is the only constant. There is no such thing as staying the same. You are either striving to make yourself better, or allowing yourself to get worse.” Quote from Unknown.

“The less you respond to negative people, the more peaceful your life will become.”

“We are enriched not by what we possess, but by what we can do without.” Immanuel Kant

“Be happy, it drives people crazy.”

“Surround yourself with people who get it.”

“A lotta broke people have more ideas than millionaires. It’s not the idea, it’s the execution that matters.” Success Jae

“Every 10 years, you literally become a new person. Our desires, wants and needs change every ten years.”

“You have to have a passion for what you’re doing. Don’t let anyone push you away from that. Trust yourself.” The GZA

“If you find yourself pondering in a fair fight, you didn’t plan your mission properly.” Colonel David Hackworth

‘I don’t count my sit-ups. I only start counting when it starts hurting. That’s when I start counting, because that’s when it really counts. That’s what makes you a champion.” Ali

“No matter what level you’re at, take a look at your circle.” Success Jae

“You learn more in failure than you ever do in success.”

“Sometimes the best road is the one you make.”

“Things do not happen. Things are made to happen.”

“Write what disturbs you, what you fear, what you have not been willing to speak about. Be willing to be split open.” Natalie Goldberg

“You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.” Robin Williams

“A year from now what will I wish I had done today?”

“The person you will be in 5 years is based on the books you read and the people you surround yourself with today.” Success Jae

“Sometimes in life, our situation will keep repeating itself until you learn your lesson”

“One day you will wake up and there won’t be any more time to do the things you’ve always wanted to do. Do it now.” Paulo Coelho

“The showed you who they were the previous year, don’t get amnesia this year.”

“No matter how many mistakes you make or how slow you progress, you’re still ahead of everyone who isn’t trying.” Tony Robbins

“I didn’t forget where I came from. I just cant stay there.”

“Growth is painful. Change is painful. But nothing is as painful as staying stuck where you don’t belong.”

“A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone.” Henry David Thoreau

“You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do.” Carl Jung

“When you start seeing things a lot clearer, you start noticing people you never needed…”

“When you feel like quitting, think about why you stated.”

“A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself. What a man can be, he must be.” Abraham Maslow

“Journalism taught me how to write a sentence that would make someone want to read the next one.” Amy Hempel

“Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today.” James Dean

“Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action.” Benjamin Disraeli

“10 years from now, make sure you can say that you chose your life, you didn’t settle for it.”

“Give yourself permission to cut negative people from your life, and surround yourself with people who bring out the best in you.”

“The only safe thing is to take a chance.” Mike Nichols

“It’s amazing what doors can open if you reach out to people with a smile, friendly attitude and a desire to make a positive impact.” Richard Branson

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“When the wrong people leave your life, the right things start happening”

“There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it.” Alfred Hitchcock

“My philosophy has always been: focus”

“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work” Stephen King

“Work every day. No matter what has happened the day or night before, get up and bite on the nail.” Hemingway

“If you don’t turn your life into a story, you just become a part of someone else’s story.” Terry Pratchet

“Greatness is not this wonderful, esoteric, elusive, godlike feature that only the special among us will ever taste, it’s something that truly exists in all of us.” Will Smith

“Self confidence is the best outfit.”

“If people aren’t laughing at your dreams, your dreams aren’t big enough.”

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Above all else you need to understand your debt, your expenses and your strategies in order to get something working beneficially in place. Ramit Sethi not cutting corners approach etc.

You must change your habits, stop making plans and notes and develop a proper strategy with time lines and goals involved in order to get there. You’ve also got to live, and save for the future. Nice pressure I’m piling on you, isn’t it.

Write in present voice, friendly, easy to read and access for audio and video too.

Memento mori – remember that you will die.

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Sending cold emails and their benefit, breaking through spam filters etc. to reach someone. If you don’t ask, you don’t get and if you do try, you very well may get where you want to go.

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Positivity and calm helps out everything, so does perspective

Repetition and focus

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Change is forced

There is no magical source of wonder with regards to changing. You have to choose to. That grain of inspiration doesn’t somehow flower, you must be hard on yourself and make those relevant choices to behave the way you want to and look at a greater goal than the temporary fixes you’ve indulged in thus far.
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Everything does not happen for a reason

“Everything does not happen for a reason,” I keep protesting. Whenever someone states that, I can’t help but skeptically tell them it’s coincidence and not some sort of fate driven designed plan. But like many things, I am just using conjecture and my opinion. I don’t know this for a fact.

For the past few months I’ve successfully gotten stronger. I can lift more and do so with less effort, but now, after some nose surgery I’m left with a choice; ignore the healing process and risk rupturing everything and reverting back my progress there, or, revert back to square one on the ol’ exercise regime and plan away with other aspects of my life. Fate has forced my hand. At my age, I now understand the value of letting your body do its thing in repairing itself, so goodbye muscle mass and strength. We’ll have to get you to return at a later date.

The major benefit that I’m viewing from this particular predicament is that it allows me enough down-time to think through how I’m going to achieve my goals and get other areas moving in the right direction. This blog for example. For months, if not years, I’ve wanted to amalgamate my “always on” caffeine and ADD (not diagnosed, assumed) driven mind. This seems like a good situation to get me going. The purpose for this blog is to allow me to ramble and hopefully help change my perspective on things, as well as yours. From it, you should be able to get a few tips and “life hacks” as well as hopefully some inspiration to take shortcuts from things I’ve managed to tread the long way round within. Barring that, you’ve paid nothing and so you get no refunds. Accept it and move on. There is no customer feedback or complaint department for those that haven’t paid.

My cynicism will the “Everything happens for a reason” quote and my over-riding and more poignant “Everything does not happen for a reason” is based around the notion that this is not all yet written. Our lives, our actions and our reactions are all choices. I could easily ignore starting this blog and continue working out, I’m sure I’d maintain my gains and reach the goals I wanted physically, but it would cost me in other areas of my body as well as here in my writing and planning. So I’ll whine briefly and get on with things.

“The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” Alan Kay

Why do I keep watching the lists I write grow?

Why do I keep watching the lists I write grow? Especially because of the ease in writing digitally. It’s an endless growth.





RICHARD: Why did you tell me you were?
ELIZABETH: I was annoyed at you and wanted you to allow me to have some space, so I said it to get you to ease up and let me calm down. [beat] I didn’t want to say anything to offend you.
RICHARD: What had I done?
ELIZABETH: Nothing. Everything. Look, it doesn’t matter.
RICHARD: No, I’d like to know if I may…
ELIZABETH: You just follow such a strict routine and expect me to adhere to it. I make your breakfast, your dinner. Go with you wherever you want me to, and I don’t mind that.
Elizabeth grabs both of Richard’s hands and looks directly into his face.
ELIZABETH: But you get so upset when the routine slightly changes or I contest something. Like the other morning, you wanted me awake even though I didn’t need to be. You always want that. Even though I was tired. I just didn’t like that and it frustrates me.
RICHARD: I’m sorry, I’ll try not to do that anymore. I didn’t realize I was. But I guess I do. I’m so sorry darling. I won’t do that again.
Richard releases his hands from Elizabeth’s and strokes Elizabeth’s arms before trying to hug her. She pushes his arms away.
ELIZABETH: No, look, don’t worry. I don’t really mind. It’s, it’s more than that…
Elizabeth’s body tenses up. She takes in a very deep breath, looks away and begins intensely crying.
RICHARD: Well if that isn’t it, what is it then?
ELIZABETH: [fighting crying to speak] I didn’t just go out with Caroline last night and drink. [long pause – quick, stern speech] I met someone and I had sex with him.
Elizabeth stares directly at Richard, bawling her eyes out. Richard’s face drops. He sits rigidly still, stunned.
ELIZABETH: I’m so, so, so sorry Richard. I really am.
Elizabeth stares at Richard’s face and grabs his now limp hands, shaking them to emphasize feeling.
ELIZABETH: I love you so much, I… I didn’t mean for it to happen. I’m sorry. Please forgive me!
Richard’s face becomes cold, he doesn’t speak.
He continues remaining still.
ELIZABETH: Richard? Say something…
Richard looks away.
ELIZABETH: Say something! Please!
Richard, refusing to look at Elizabeth’s face, gently removes her hands and slowly walks out of the bathroom.
ELIZABETH: [desperate] Richard!
Richard drives around the countryside alone. No music is playing and aside from the sounds of the car and its engine, there’s complete silence.
RICHARD (V.O.): Fifty six now, nearly fifty seven. Look at me, scrawny little legs, no muscle. Grey hair. Back hair. Not much money. No wonder she cheated on me, no wonder. No woman in her right mind would want me. Why would they?
I have no time. I work too much, oh I work. Maybe that’s why she went for someone else. I’m never there. Maybe if I… No, it’ll still hurt. I should call her. We should talk. But why? What would it solve? I won’t forget, I can’t forget. She doesn’t love me anymore. She doesn’t want me at all anymore. She doesn’t want me so much that she found another.

No more reminders or notes

no more reminders or notes

No more reminders or notes. I repeat, Hugo, no more reminders or notes, I write as computers remind me they’re as imperfect as the humans using them.

The most beautiful slap in the face in 2018 is writing in a tab for 45 minutes to then try saving the document and having your browser state you were using a cached window and you weren’t logged in, now you’ve lost it all. My previous rambling, I feel, was extremely well put. In fact, ignore all that follows what I’m typing here, sigh with fulfillment and know that whatever I originally wrote that you haven’t read captured exactly what I’m trying to convey here.

This post stems from being finally looking in the mirror and attempting to correct myself. My biggest problem with progressing at the rate that I’ve wanted to is my incessant habit of stockpiling notes, thoughts and ideas and roughly planning how to begin. You too may be guilty of this, but I’ve been doing it for approximately fifteen years. So I may have you beaten.

For as long as I can remember during my adult life, I’ve had to take notes. Had to. When I first started doing so, my cellphone wasn’t as capable as they are now and I would feel naked if I didn’t have at least a few sheets or blank areas of a few sheets of folded up plain white paper in my back pocket and a working pen in my front right as I left the house. I’d need to write down whatever crossed my mind from behavioural improvements, to business ideas to story concepts or things I wished to learn. Whatever crossed this manic mind of mine needed an outlet. The problem was the outlet ended up being the page. Not action.

no more reminders or notes

As smartphones became more prevalent, my note taking left the handwritten page and moved to the notes section of the iphone, again spiralling into an ever expanding puzzle of disarray with abstract thoughts only I could understand and vague references toppling over each other. Cloud computing soon emerged afterwards and with its ubiquitous presence, I’m hoarding my thoughts on Evernote and Google. Always growing, only slightly attended to. I was also careful to censor myself whenever I read about leaks and hacking just in case my words found their way to the world and I was misconstrued.

The problem with all of these notes and this planning and the consistent indulgence of ideas is nobody can interact or benefit from them but you, temporarily. Keeping everything bottled up inside that bone casing of yours is unhealthy, but so is what I’ve done. Note takers and neurotics all boast about their lists and the amounts of ideas/aspirations they have, but if they’re not implemented, who gives a shit? If there’s nothing to show for your scrawling, it’s merely an outlet. An idea needs legs or it remains simply a fleeting thought.

Starting this blog will hopefully help me channel my overactive brain into a modicum of clarity and focus. I’ve got confidence in my works, and don’t get me wrong, I haven’t just been planning and taking notes. I’ve created a lot and implemented a good deal. But not enough for me to me to feel satisfied.

With any luck, you’ll read this, realize if you’ve done the same thing that you too are an idiot and you’ll implement what you seek to. Stay tuned to my journey though, if a tree falls in the woods etc… Here I go, like it or loathe it. Either way, it’s all meaningless, right?

Remember, no more reminders or notes. Simply breathe life into the ones you already have.

Lists are useless, action them.