To Do List

Things to do:

  1. Take time to be a kid.
  2. Explore nature.
  3. Give a compliment.
  4. Give a gift.
  5. Build something out of wood.
  6. Meditate by the light of a fire.
  7. Make your bed.
  8. Go to church / temple.
  9. Cultivate a garden.
  10. Decorate your space.
  11. Go to a concert.
  12. Go to a museum.
  13. Step away from work.
  14. Laugh.
  15. Swim.
  16. Run.
  17. Ride a bike.
  18. Hang this list on someone else’s fridge.
  19. Write a song.
  20. Write a screenplay.
  21. Visit your family.
  22. Volunteer.
  23. Excite / educate a child’s mind.
  24. Do a puzzle (jigsaw, crossword, sudoku).
  25. Call an old friend.
  26. Sit in the sun.
  27. Stretch like a cat.
  28. Watch the clouds.
  29. Be grateful.
  30. Write a poem.
  31. Go on a road trip.
  32. Take a nap.
  33. Take a bath.
  34. Take a hike.
  35. Bake a treat for someone.
  36. Write a love letter on a sticky note.
  37. Speak kind words.
  38. Give a massage (ask permission).
  39. Watch a sunset.
  40. Learn something new.
  41. Forgive yourself.
  42. Unplug for an hour.
  43. Read a book.
  44. Put a sticky-note in an inconspicuous place.
  45. Lose track of time.
  46. Pay attention to your pet(s).
  47. Get excited over little things.
  48. Find the secrets of the universe.
  49. Create some origami.
  50. Fix a societal ill.
  51. Plant a tree.
  52. Write a computer program.
  53. Use your imagination.
  54. Invent something useful.
  55. Set up a practical joke for someone.
  56. Clean out the bottom of your toaster.
  57. Draw a comic.
  58. Practice a stand-up routine.
  59. Ask a lot of questions.
  60. Sing in your car.
  61. Find a new friend.
  62. Watch a black-and-white movie.
  63. Build a treehouse.
  64. Build a birdhouse.
  65. Run for President.
  66. Learn what Zen means.
  67. Practice archery.
  68. Pay for someone else’s groceries.
  69. Dance like Michael Jackson.
  70. Play basketball like Michael Jordan.
  71. Hope.
  72. Study a conspiracy theory.
  73. Eat a fortune cookie.
  74. Make balloon animals.
  75. Play Dungeons and Dragons.
  76. Start a collection.
  77. Learn where your family name originated.
  78. Juggle oranges.
  79. Fly a kite.
  80. Fly a paper airplane.
  81. Grab marbles with your toes.
  82. Make a trash can basketball hoop.
  83. Knit yourself a sweater.
  84. Learn a new language.
  85. Get an ant farm.
  86. See a stage play.
  87. Be in a stage play.
  88. Sing a solo.
  89. Ask your parents about their childhood.
  90. Learn how paper is recycled.
  91. Give someone a second chance.
  92. Give everyone you know a nickname.
  93. Consider another person’s point of view.
  94. Jump on a trampoline.
  95. Swing on a swing.
  96. Wear socks that don’t match.
  97. Make animal sounds.
  98. Hang ten.
  99. Sell lemonade.
  100. _______________________________.

Opposites

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“Opposition in all things,” says Sammy B Lee of the railroad gang.

Or maybe it was some other dude. I don’t remember. Maybe it was that dude I read about in the Bible. What was his name? Luke? Harry? Bilbo? Socrates? One of those.

What are some opposites? Blue and red are opposites… probably. Black and white, or maybe it’s black and yellow. That’s why Batman’s color scheme is black and yellow. So blue and grey were opposites, during the sixties.

English and food are opposites, but it’s a lot easier to choke when you’re reading a poem than when you’re narfing down a glazed donut.

Wood and metal are opposites, but both will technically burn if you get a big enough fire going. What’s opposite of fire? Not water, because I’ve seen water when it’s set on fire. That was a long day.

Lots of things are opposites. Pianos and harpsichords are opposites, and my proof is that my music teacher disagrees with me. Him and I are opposites too.

Ugly and uglier. Bees and spiders. Spaceships and steam-powered dune buggies. Zombies and politicians (or was it zombies and non-politicians?)

My favorite opposite is words and

Rocks and brains are opposites, though that’s hard to prove with all the teenagers that have rocks bouncing around in their skulls. Skulls are opposites with what exactly? Toes. Because it hurts to hit your toe on the ground, and to hit your skull in the air is heavenly. Ground and air are opposites.

There’re so many opposites they’re hard to count. After all, there is “opposition in all things”. According to Sammy Bilbo Lee anyway.

Enough hyperbole, though it does accentuate the point, which is this: not everything has an opposite.

For instance, ask yourself: “What is the opposite of today?”

Some might be tempted to say tomorrow, but then they would probably realize there’s also a yesterday. Can they both be opposites of today? How many opposites can one thing have?

Spiders, as mentioned above, don’t necessarily have an opposite. You can think of a lot more things without opposites, I’m sure.

This is where people sometimes get confused. “Opposition in all things,” doesn’t mean, “Everything has an opposite.”

It does mean, “Life is hard.”

It does mean, “Obstacles or forces will get in your way.”

Opposition is when someone or some thing works against someone else or some thing else. Consider getting out of bed and gravity.

Not opposites, but definitely opposition.

Earworms

If you’ve never heard the term “earworm”, chances are still high that you’ve encountered an earworm.

The word earworm comes from the Germans, who have a good sense of the difference between pleasant music and noise. Just listen to Einsturzende Neubauten if you don’t believe me. Alright I’m joking, but the Germans do have that national treasure Nena, and of course a friendly band known as the Scorpions. None of these three show up with songs on the list of the world’s worst earworms. Even though Einsturzende Neubauten doesn’t have the most radio-playable music you’ve ever heard, they don’t have anything that stays in your head unwanted either.

One of the qualifications of an earworm is that it refuses to leave your head. You’ve heard the song once, maybe twice, and it keeps replaying through your memory like some kind of cursed echo. Even worse, it’s a personal cursed echo. No one else can hear it. Only you.

Another attribute of an earworm is that it’s unwanted. There are songs in the universe, in the world, and especially in your memory, for which you have no hate-filled aversion. You don’t want to build a time machine, travel back in time, and convince the parents of the songwriter to get an abortion. Why? Because those other songs have pleasant, endearing qualities. In fact, they have quality. You’ll know it when you hear it. Lyrics and melody send you soaring with a pleasant song—they may even set your imagination roaming, inventing, adventuring. With an earworm though, the lyrics probably make you cringe. You certainly don’t want to repeat them, and yet, because of the musical accompaniment, you do repeat them, seemingly endlessly.

Some of you readers, while reading about earworms, possibly thought of a couple of songs you would rather avoid. If you heard these songs playing anywhere, you would remove yourself.

Here, be warned, is a list of songs known widely as the most insidious earworms:

  1. Sweet Child of Mine—Guns and Roses
  2. Ice Ice Baby—Vanilla Ice
  3. Achy Breaky Heart—Billy Ray Cyrus
  4. Barbie Girl—Aqua
  5. Who Let The Dogs Out—Baha Men
  6. Baby—Justin Bieber
  7. Miracles—Insane Clown Posse
  8. Big Yellow Taxi—Counting Crows, Joni Mitchell
  9. Bennie and the Jets—Elton John
  10. Blinded by the Light—Manfred Mann’s Earth Band
  11. Lose Yourself—Eminem
  12. Just Can’t Get Enough—Depeche Mode
  13. Stop!—Erasure
  14. We Built This City—Starship
  15. Low—Flo Rida

Now, if only there was a song proven to cleanse the brain of any earworm, whoever wrote that song would be Doctor, Hero, and Artist of the Century.

Post-Goth

Emerging from the catacombs, it takes a great deal of self-constraint to not screech as if full of the power of the undead.

The time for nightly rounds is over. Now, the time to roam with owls and cats, mice and bats, has ended. It’s a new day, enjoy the light. Take joy in the sun.

Get up and run with legs gone weak from disuse. Being buried as if dead, there was no reason nor room to stretch and flex the limbs. Only the mouth was stretched in the motions of consumption.

Get out of the dark and cease the wasteful carnality.

Yes!

No longer does the beast within make commands. True freedom has been renewed as an essential drive of one’s nature.

Even the image will change eventually. The core of light will overcome the cinder-tinted shroud. The heart of darkness has broken free of the chains of night. The heart now glows with the greater power—the power to make choices beyond the code of substandards, undertones, netherworlds.

The power of the undead has no weapon nor defense to counter the power of choice. Choice to wear a white shirt, for instance, is beyond the comprehension of the denizens of the night.

Certain choices, once made, lead to other grand freedoms. Choosing to enjoy the sun, daylight, even daytime activities, may be difficult at first to previous night-wanderers, but it becomes easier the more often it is chosen. Freedom here, is seen in the ability to move about in both day- and night-time hours. Converting to diurnal modes does not create limits toward the nocturnal, though the reverse often does.

So, now, it is time to emerge from the dungeons, rise up from the grave, shoot forth from the catacombs like a beam of light—quick, powerful, and lively.

Head On

At some point in your life you may realize it’s best for you to meet life head-on. Waiting for things to happen can be a sure way to let someone else decide all the important things for you.

If you’re concerned about your own best case scenarios, you’ll make the important decisions yourself.

One interesting fact of life is that the greatest challenges also generate the most difficult decisions—and the most rewarding outcomes. This is not to say if you encourage challenges in your life you’ll have better rewards. For instance, someone who chops their own leg off may have made a difficult decision, but they maybe didn’t necessarily make the best decision.

Meeting life head-on doesn’t mean making idiotic (or psychotic) decisions, though it may mean being a bit bull-headed; “stubborn”, if you prefer the word.

To do this, you charge forward, hesitate less, make decisions within a few seconds, and seldom look back.

Determined is another word we might attach to someone who meets life head-on, because they act with determination. “Determined” is what we would call the person who exercises their ability to break through the stalling moments which might trip up or ensnare someone who is less than determined.

Course corrections are frequent when you make quick decisions and plow through life. Then again, who’s to say there are more or less requirements to change direction when you meet life head-on than when you don’t? The only thing that’s sure is that the person who meets life head-on will make the corrections faster. If life promises the same amount of learning for everyone, then the person who corrects their course faster will also get there faster.

Where is “there”?

It’s different for us all. It’s our goal. It’s our purpose. Why we make any decision at all, ever, will be because of what our goal is. If your goal is to find adventure, you’ll make decisions to take you toward adventure. If your goal is to only find adventure on the weekends, you’ll find something else to do on the weekdays. However, if you’re determined to find adventure on the weekends, you’ll be steering yourself toward it during the weekdays.

If your purpose is to make life better for others, but you’re not available most of the time, you’ll show your determination to help others when you free up some time.

Waiting for someone else to free up your time would be like expecting the bull to respect your personal space.

Don’t let it happen. Take life

Head

On.