So I’m about a month late into talking about my 2019 goals. Not resolutions but goals. Goals are things to improve myself on a daily….monthly basis. Which hopefully will become something permanent. I’ve been trying to go to the gym at least 3 times a week, that’s one goal. Another goal is to blog more (HELLO!) which I kind of failed already by waiting till February.
And then there are 2 goals that are related. 1 goal is to read more and spend less time on the phone. Another goal is to stop using Amazon to buy books. Let me tell you. Few months ago after seeing Jenna Wortham and Wesley Morris, hosts of Still Processing, interviewed author Samin Nosrat about her new Netflix special Salt Fat Acid Heat, my girlfriend and I quickly wanted to get her book. As we were walking home, down 10th Street in the West Village, we came upon Three Lives & Company. We decided to go in to buy the book instead of using Amazon. Wow wow. We had the MOST wonderful experience at a book store. The owner was a fan of Samin and we ended up chatting with him about Samin and her book. After that brief encounter, I decided to stop using Amazon and begin to support local bookstores.
The human connection is so powerful. We definitely live in a world where people are losing that by being on social media. Social media was created so that we could connect with other people but instead it’s doing the opposite.
Bill Cunningham’s book is very inspiring. He wrote about his childhood when his mom wouldn’t allow him to express himself through his clothing choices. And when he was struggling as a hat maker in New York City and no one gave him any attention. Every obstacle he faced, he found a way to turn it into an opportunity with 100% optimism.
When I get stuck, I get stuck. I should start seeing everything as an opportunity and be optimistic about it.