Allow your thoughts to drift

[blockquote source=”Mitch Hedberg”]Allow your thoughts to drift.  Set up your life so that you can have that time to use your imagination”[/blockquote]

At what point on our life trajectory did daydreaming become associated with being slovenly? When we were toddlers, we were praised for having an active imagination, building elaborate spaceships out of wooden sticks and toilet roll, just making shit up, lost in our own little worlds of swirling stars and swamp monsters. But then like that Supertramp song:

“…They sent me away to teach me how to be sensible, logical, responsible, practical.

And they showed me a world where I could be so dependable, clinical, intellectual, cynical.”

And we bought into it because those who knew better threatened us with poverty if we didn’t forsake our ‘head in the clouds’ ways and take our place in The Machine.

It’s hard being an artist.

[pullquote align=”left”]An idle mind is the devil’s playground.[/pullquote]

Daydreaming is our creative oxygen. But to daydream as an adult is to invite disapproval from the “productive” members of society. You know the ones, who live a normal life doing normal things with normal people, whatever that is. While us daydreamers have to dream in secret least we be singled out, beaten and mocked. Thank goodness Apple has made white earbuds dangling from ours ears an acceptable image least many more of us daydreamers might be found out. ipod_thinkstock

Now I know why some of my favourite writers used to go for long walks as a part of their daily routines. You can pretend you are exercising, but secretly allow your thoughts to drift away with each footstep.

Books, books, books

Amazon shared their list of 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime, a sort of bucket list for a well read life. I’ve read 12 out the 100 books on their list.

1. 1984 (Signet Classics)
2. Alice in Wonderland
3. Catch-22
4. Charlotte’s Web (Trophy Newbery)
5. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Other American Stories (Modern Library)
6. Invisible Man
7. On the Road (Penguin Great Books of the 20th Century)
8. The Catcher in the Rye
9. The Great Gatsby (Penguin Critical Studies Guide)
10. The Stranger
11. The Very Hungry Caterpillar
12. The World According to Garp

[pullquote align=”left”]What does it mean to be human?[/pullquote] Kierkegaard reasoned that we are self-determining beings whose choices determine our actions and those actions, in turn, determine our lives. These choices are free.

But are they? Or does this free choice make us slaves to a continuous search for meaning and purpose in an otherwise meaningless world?

rosen and guil


[blockquote source=”Tom Stoppard”]ROS:  Well I can tell you I’m sick to death of it.  I don’t care one way or another, so why don’t you make up your mind.[/blockquote]

[blockquote source=”Tom Stoppard”]GUIL: We can’t afford anything quite so arbitrary.  Nor did we come all this way for a christening.  All that – proceeded us.  But we are comparatively fortunate; we might have been left to sift the whole field of human nomenclature, like two blind men looting a bazaar for their own portraits… at least we are presented with alternatives. But not choice.[/blockquote]

 Ok good citizen, have a fab weekend.

jack kirbyHOP






  • Whoa. Amazon’s list of 100 books is a very strange list. I’ve read 26 or so, and while I might agree that some of the authors needed to be on the list…I am scratching my head at some of the books chosen. Random.

    • I thought it was a bit random too. I read a lot of books and was surprised that many of them were not on the list. Perhaps I’ll make my own must read book list.