You know you’re old when…

...you're watching All The President's Men, and instead of identifying with the young, ambitious, aggressive reporters, you identify with the wise but grizzled, old editor who pulls out a red pen and marks up their article.
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How to start making art

You’ve heard or read how satisfying it can be to create something. You’ve enjoyed viewing other people’s art and then told yourself, that might be interesting to try. You’ve scoffed at former President Bush’s paintings, then seethed in jealousy that he’s actually doing something that he loves to do.

So what is stopping you from creating art yourself? How do you start making art?

Well, first, remove the primary impediment — your own self doubt. There’s no reason why you can’t create something, and there’s no reason why you should be telling yourself otherwise. If you’re intimidated by the concept of “creating” or “art,” then don’t call it that.

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Routines with flavor

It’s easy to conclude that an organized life is one that is less chaotic. That if a person takes time to evaluate their day-to-day activities, and organize them into easily repeated routines, then there is less danger of suffering from the stress of unpredictable events. But what happens when we become so organized, so regimented in our routines, that we lose the excitement that comes from unexpected events? Do organized people have less fun?

No, not necessarily. A person who has ritualized aspects of their daily activities can free up the other parts of their lives for more enjoyable activities. Legend has it that Albert Einstein had a closet full of identical outfits so that he didn’t have to waste time deciding what to wear.

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Does Coincidence Exist

Coincidence, as I define it, is the association of two or more disparate events, and the added value attributed to that association.

If you travel around the world and happen to run into your next-door neighbor, that would be an obvious coincidence. Anybody with an understanding of geography would recognize the unusual nature of that meeting, but the deeper meaning of the event would be limited primarily to the two people involved. It may startle you to run into your neighbor on the other side of the globe, but chances are it won’t really affect your life, or the world around you, in any significant way.

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Risk and Reward

People who always follow the rules are missing the point.
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