Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Hey, in 2013, lets do something, anything. No seriously...

An article titled "6 Harsh Truths That Will Make You A Better Person" has been showing up on my news feed recently. Mostly around the music school folks, but hey, give a bunch of very opinionated musicians a chance to check their ego for a sec and they'll eat it up.

It opens with a pretty forward question.

"I want you to try something: Name five impressive things about yourself. Write them down or just shout them out loud to the room. But here's the catch -- you're not allowed to list anything you are (i.e., I'm a nice guy, I'm honest), but instead can only list things that you do (i.e., I just won a national chess tournament, I make the best chili in Massachusetts). If you found that difficult, well, this is for you, and you are going to fucking hate hearing it."

I certainly couldn't come up with five solid, concrete points in a quick fashion. I had to dig deep, and even the last couple were sort of copouts.

The piece continues on about personal reflection, self improvement, but ultimately ending with creativity and contribution. What do you actually do? What have you done? And why aren't you doing more?

I want to write more. I want to express more creatively. I want to do more. Hell, I want to do anything. At times I'm the very worst critic, especially to my own shit, and it's time to get over that and actually do something. I know all of you can relate.

So I ask of you fellow Cool Kids, beloved readers, lets all do more. Whether it's here on this blog, or your own myspace/tumblr/xanga, your kitchen, your studio, your football field nearest all you can eat KBBQ place, wherever it may be, just do something. Fuck the critics and the cynics, just do more. I know we're all very capable of doing so.