(Photos by Aline Bouma)
..In bullet points.
– Work hard.
– Forgive yourself when you don’t. In fact, make every moment you slack or procrastinate a party. That way you make it mean something.
– Life is better with a good haircut.
– Do what you have to do with the least amount of internal whining possible. You have to do things, so shut up. You’ll be a happier and more effective person.
– Spend time not doing anything and do it without any internal struggle about shit you still gotta do.
– Go outside everyday. Lol, psych – if you want to stay in, fucking stay in. The indoors are awesome.
– BUT. Public service announcement: it can be nice outside. Especially in the summer.
– If there is an opportunity to do something interesting, have fun or spend time with people you love? Do it. I regret saying ‘no’ to doing cool things and seeing friends more than anything else.
– If you work hard in the time you are alone, and are flexible and inventive with planning, you will be able to do the work and have the fun.
– And if you aren’t, you can get back to work tomorrow. Unless we’re talking hard deadlines, nobody cares.
– Be there for your people. Whether it’s emotionally, physically, online or in thought. Be there for your tribe.
– Be picky about who are your people. Give ’em trial periods, so you don’t regret your loyalty and energy later on.
– If you have made a mistake, you fix it.
– You don’t have to be all woo-and-incense about it, but you have an inner compass. You know what’s best for you, what you want to move towards and what you want to let go. The only question is whether or not you are allowing yourself to.
– People you don’t like are to be left alone and for other people to like. If you don’t like someone, you don’t spend your time, attention and energy on them. The end. (I know, GASP)
And the most important one:
“Life is too short to drink bad wine.”
(Quote by my friend Kevin after we’ve spent a night high-wining it up.)