The List

Just came across this list I made two or three years ago. Not really rules, more like guidelines or something. Some might mean something to you, others won’t. I’m not going to explain any of it. Take from it what you will.

  1. All lives intersect
  2. Anybody is capable of doing anything to anyone
  3. Prepare for Wednesdays
  4. Whatever you’ve got to do, do it now
  5. Tomorrow isn’t promised
  6. Yesterday can be lost, wasted, and stolen
  7. Just because you saw the beginning, doesn’t mean you’ll catch the end
  8. If you wake up with the memory of a Dream, write it down
  9. If you wake up with a song in your head, it’s trying to tell you something
  10. Create as many new experiences as possible
  11. Touch the world around you
  12. Don’t fall asleep in front of the television
  13. If you’ve got somewhere to be, don’t turn on the computer
  14. Eat better
  15. Exercise more
  16. When loved ones tell you the truth, don’t be angry
  17. Don’t spend too long in front of the mirror
  18. Don’t be lazy
  19. If you release your intent, it will come back to you

Not quite alchemy…


When I was young, I wanted a chemistry set. I imagined myself performing wild experiments and stumbling upon remarkable discoveries. I pictured carefully measuring out substances into different beakers and containers, in an effort to reproduce one of my discoveries. I imagined surprise and satisfaction.


But I never owned a chemistry set. I owned very few things I didn’t truly need. My mother worked hard but didn’t earn much, so we got what we needed and only rarely what we didn’t. So, I never got to play chemist (other than occasionally in school), and never came close to any kind of alchemy.


Now, as an adult with a mild baking obsession, I realise I had all I needed in order to get what I thought a chemistry set would give me. I get to measure out and combine different ingredients, discover how they affect each other, and see results, both expected and unexpected. And I get to repeat and refine the process.

It’s not quite alchemy, but it is chemistry, and it is incredibly satisfying.