I am an inherently lazy writer.
Given the choice between curling up with a good book or sitting down at my computer, I will almost always choose the former over the latter.
I'm also not very good at managing my free time. I've studied the habits of brilliantly successful people to see if there were some techniques that I might find helpful. Did you know that Buckminster Fuller averaged just two hours of sleep a night for two years and claimed he was more energetic and alert as a result? Or that Honore de Balzac ate dried coffee grounds to stimulate his imagination?
Word is that Socrates even laid out his toga the night before and pre-pinned it in order to save time.
(OK, I made that last one up.)
The only thing that seems to work for me is making daily to-do lists. As you can probably tell, I've always been a big fan of lists. Not only do I always make mental lists in my head, I'm also always annoying friends to give me their lists. ("Who are the 5 hottest sitcom characters of all-time?" "Give me 5 names for your imaginary band." "If you could only eat 5 foods for the rest of your life, what would they be?")
Hmm...now I'm starting to realize why nobody wants to sit in a car with me for more than 3 hours.
Anyway, in lieu of any real writing, here are a few lists I compiled tonight:
The 5 Best Books I've Read In The Past 5 Weeks
- Nick Hornby's "Juliet, Naked"
- Lorrie Moore's "A Gate at the Stairs"
- Stefanie Wilder-Taylor's "It's Not Me, It's You."
- Colston Whitehead's "Sag Harbor"
- Michael Lewis' "Home Game"
My 5 Favorite Nostalgic Childhood Foods
- PB & J sandwiches
- Chocolate eclairs
- Powdered iced tea
- TV dinners
The 5 Articles Of Clothing I'd Remove From Existence
- Crocs, Uggs & Birkenstocks
- Golf Visors
- Jean shorts (aka "jorts")
- Cardigan sweater vests
- Replica NFL jerseys
The 5 Things I'd Take To A Desert Island
- A Frette blanket
- James Joyces' "Ulysses"
- A case of Sriracha Hot Sauce
- The complete works of The Rolling Stones
5 Things That Always Bring Tears To My Eyes
- Parents outliving their children
- Jeff Buckley's "Hallelujah"
- The last scene in "Rudy"
- Seeing awkward kids being shunned by their peers
- The tears of a loved one
5 Things That Always Bring A Smile To My Face
- My daughter
- Jeans and sweater weather
- The NY Post
- Reading books by the fireplace
- Five Guys hamburgers
5 Things That Always Make Me Laugh
- Jimmy Fallon's "The Housewives of Late Night"
- People who wear pajamas outside the house
- Leashes on cats
- Fat people trying to get into rowboats
- People walking into glass doors.
5 Best Quotes I Have Recently Read
- "Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards." - Soren Kierkegaard
- "It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men." - Frederick Douglas
- "If you care about what others think of you, then you will always be their slave." - James Frey
- "Tina is my baby girl. She’s my sister from another mother of a different color. I’d do 25 to life for her. She is down like four flat tires."" - Tracy Morgan
- "Age is a very high price to pay for maturity." - Tom Stoppard
That last quote is certainly resonating with me these days. Why? Because in about one week, I will be turning 41. Holy crap! FORTY. ONE. I certainly don't feel 41. What is 41 supposed to feel like anyway? Honestly, I'm not quite sure anymore.
Sometimes it feels like it was just yesterday that I was 16 years old and my biggest worry was where I should sit in the cafeteria or which pair of acid-washed Girbauds I should wear that day.
Those were the good old days.