Editors note: this post was originally featured in 2014, new blog posts on The C2C return September 11th, 2017. Right now, before you, there is a blank page. I know, the first thing you think of is the page before it: the one you wrote all over. The one with all the mistakes and the awkward moments. That last page isn’t as perfect as you would wish it. It’s got all these scraggily lines and missing parts and strange tangents. The first thing you want to make with your new, blank page is something better in relation to that last page. But don’t do that. Because then the blank page you write today will be reacting to the page before it. And, remember, this is a new page. It’s meant to be new. It can’t be a reaction to what came before it, it has to stand on its own. What To Write On That Blank Page The second cold instinct is to write something […]
It’s Time To Call On Your Ancestors
Editors note: this post was originally featured in 2014, new blog posts on The C2C return September 11th, 2017. In the wonderful documentary Cave of Forgotten Dreams, directed by Werner Hezog, an anthropologist tells the story of when he met a member of an indigenous tribe who would draw over the ancient paintings left behind by his ancient ancestors. The anthropologist, whose main concern was the preservation of these ancient paintings, asked the indigenous tribe member why he was drawing over these ancient paintings. (In the anthropologist’s opinion, such behavior was ruining a precious artifact for the annals of humanity.) The indigenous tribe member simply shrugged his shoulders and explained that his ancient ancestors where actually working through him at that moment, helping him preserve the painting for future generations. The response shocked the anthropologist and made him question the traditional Western view of our relation to our past, our ancestry, and artifacts that echo our human tradition. Becoming A Living Artifact […]
How To Be A Rebel
Editors note: this post was originally featured in 2014, new blog posts on The C2C return September 11th, 2017. You look around. You see everyone doing the same thing. The expected thing. All the same stories, the same clothes, the same ideas. Tired, old, worn-out. You feel trapped, suffocated. You wanna dance, but you’re in a middle of a business meeting. You wanna laugh, but you’re in a courtroom. You wanna smile, but the teacher is speaking. Life is boring. Life is trying. Life is predictable. The status quo. The machine. The system. The adults in the room. You don’t belong, but you pretend. Put on a tie, but you wanna wear a black shirt splashed with paint. Comb your hair, but you want it to be wily. Sleep, when you want to stay up all night. Walk, when all you want to do is run. They write the things that have been said–you crave to shout something new. You’re stuck. […]
Are You Seizing The Day?
Editors note: this post was originally featured in 2014, new blog posts on The C2C return September 11th, 2017. I know. Things are pretty crazy right? There seems to be no end to the drama and tragedies of this world, right? You can’t help but think: what is it all for? But you know what I do when the drama of living overwhelms me? I try to change my perspective. I try to think: “I woke up today. I’ve been given another day. What a gift that is.” Then, I go out and try to make the most of the day. I don’t always succeed at it, but at least I try. I know. It’s totally cheesy. But it’s true. If you are reading this, you were just given another day. Another day in your life to tackle what was wrong and make it right. Another day to clarify your goals and go after them. Another day to try for […]