a little swallow escaping from its swinging cage; on the opposite side is written 

WHAT A RELIEF TO BE MYSELF.

which i found written on a card at pulp on fourteenth today.  a quote from jodi hills, who i don’t know anything about, but considering the other cards with her quotes on them, i am going to have to start Knowing Things about her!

Radical Exclusion and the Quest for Abundance

Because not everyone likes to travel the same way, I call what I do “contrarian adventures.” My particular style of travel uses the principles shown throughout the book:  there is almost always an alternative way to accomplish something; you should do what you want instead of what others expect; and the goal is to achieve as much about convergence as possible around everything you are passionate about. 

A la LargeMarge and HWatson, here are some quotes and notes on those quotes (I  just wanted to rhyme those words a few times) from the super awesome book I am reading, THE ART OF NON-CONFORMITY by Chris Guillebeau.  

my basic response here is, Well, look. Either you want to write or you don’t, and thinking that you want to write really doesn’t mean anything. There are lots of things I think I’d like to do, and yet if I don’t actually make the time and effort to do them, they don’t get done. This is why I don’t have an acting career, or am a musician — because as much as I’d like those, I somehow stubbornly don’t actually do the things I need to do in order to achieve them. So I guess in really fundamental way I don’t want them, otherwise I’d make the time. C’est la vie.

(This sort of skips over the question of whether I’d be good at either acting or music, but that’s neither here nor there. By not trying, I’m not even achieving failure.)

…But if you want to be a writer, than be a writer, for god’s sake. It’s not that hard, and it doesn’t require that much effort on a day to day basis. Find the time or make the time. Sit down, shut up and put your words together. Work at it and keep working at it. And if you need inspiration, think of yourself on your deathbed saying “well, at least I watched a lot of TV.” If saying such a thing as your life ebbs away fills you with existential horror, well, then. I think you know what to do.