most of what i know

i’m 24 and this is most of what i know


– buy yourself flowers

– don’t avoid talking about things you don’t know about. don’t be afraid to sound dumb

– write (or type it into your iPhone notes) everything down — thoughts, ideas, heard things, words you want to start using, things you want to learn about, grocery lists, goals — everything. don’t be embarrassed to say “Hold on, I gotta write that down”

– tell people you appreciate them, they’ll appreciate it

– go for a drive/ bike ride/ walk — focus only on what you’re seeing/ smelling/ feeling/ etc, nothing else

– call off from work (but don’t make it a habit !!) — experiences and well-being are sometimes more important

– record the process of things

– find and connect with people who are amazed by the same things you are

– find and connect with people who are amazed by different things you are

– share secrets with strangers/ people you’ve just met

– as corny as it sounds, put yourself in other people’s shoes

– close that window with 27 tabs open

– collect things

– embrace technology/ social media, even though it might suck and make you feel bad. you can MAKE it not suck and NOT make you feel bad

– run as fast as you can then immediately lay in the grass

– tell people how you feel. be open with your thoughts and feelings

– sit in a coffeeshop by yourself and listen to people’s conversations

– ask questions. be eager to learn. knowing more than you knew before feels so good.

– know your limit (work, projects, drinking/ drugs, emotions, relationships). it’s okay to be selfish and treat yourself well

– don’t feel bad about not being as good/ successful (whatever that means) as other people. there’s still time

– understand that sometimes people are going through things — their actions towards you are sometimes more reflective of that and have nothing to do with your worth or you !

– lend somebody a book and never get it back. buy that book again and reread it to underline the parts you underlined before

– learn from mistakes. own up to them and improve

– sometimes you just can’t describe what you experience. go with your initial reaction. if the ocean looks “so blue!” then describe it as “so blue!” (shoutout Durga Chew-Bose)

– pay attention to your actions and how things make you truly feel, then act accordingly

– experience, experience, experience, even if it’s sometimes bad

– print this out and make it a living object

– remember that everyone is just a Person


suggested readings/viewings:

Pina (2011)
The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis, Lydia Davis (2009)
Sometimes Making Something Leads to Nothing, Francis Alys (Mexico City, 1997) https://vimeo.com/130838361
Diagrammatic Writing, Johanna Drucker (2013) https://will-luers.com/DTC/dtc354/diagrammatic_writing.pdf
Too Much and Not the Mood, Durga Chew-Bose (2017)
Cutaways, Taryn Simon (2012) http://tarynsimon.com/works/cutaways/#2

a syllabus by Diego Rodriguez