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.
- All lives intersect
- Anybody is capable of doing anything to anyone
- Prepare for Wednesdays
- Whatever you’ve got to do, do it now
- Tomorrow isn’t promised
- Yesterday can be lost, wasted, and stolen
- Just because you saw the beginning, doesn’t mean you’ll catch the end
- If you wake up with the memory of a Dream, write it down
- If you wake up with a song in your head, it’s trying to tell you something
- Create as many new experiences as possible
- Touch the world around you
- Don’t fall asleep in front of the television
- If you’ve got somewhere to be, don’t turn on the computer
- Eat better
- Exercise more
- When loved ones tell you the truth, don’t be angry
- Don’t spend too long in front of the mirror
- Don’t be lazy
- If you release your intent, it will come back to you
Some things upset me. The above is one of those things. Although they taste quite delicious, they’re not what was intended. These volcanic monstrosities were meant be, well, this.
There’s only one thing to do (besides eat them): try again.
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.