• Remember to breathe
  • make small karma payments every now and then
  • read “Ishmael” by Daniel Quinn
  • Listen to Pink Floyd while watching an old movie on mute
  • don’t own fish
  • watch Donnie Darko
  • understand how to use BitComet
  • go to a protest, even if you don’t agree with the protest
  • wear more yellow
  • Don’t smoke. **edited**
  • Read Noam Chomsky and Howard Zinn, just not together or in one sitting
  • locate your parent’s music collection to help understand who they were and are now
  • realize you are not as fat, stupid, or unattractive as you think you are
  • realize there is a difference between love and lust
  • never date ex-significant others – trust me
  • realize that people will die even if you don’t want them to
  • think of yourself a red and your lover as blue and your relationship as a vibrant purple – and watch for color changes
  • try everything once, minus the bad things
  • realize your definitions of bad things will change over time
  • question authority, think for yourself and read up on the guy that coined that last phrase
  • read “Culture of Make Believe” by Derrick Jensen
  • listen to your parents but realize that though they are wise in their years and experiences they are not always right or know what to do
  • send a dollar bill in the mail to someone at random at least once a year
  • be cautious of anyone that uses terms like “truth” or “freedom” all of the time
  • read what you believe but don’t always believe what you read
  • locate more sources of information than just your TV
  • learn how to make yourself smile
  • realize you are more privileged than many other people in the world
  • ask small children what the meaning of life is and believe them when they tell you
  • pay attention to the details
  • watch “Mindwalk” until it clicks
  • have at least one best friend you are attracted to and never sleep with them
  • change your favorite color for a while and see how it goes
  • don’t close your eyes before suffering
  • realize the Ying-Yang is one symbol, not two
  • meditate
  • dance on purpose
  • realize there are always more than two sides to any issue
  • understand propaganda
  • read more
  • trust yourself
  • move to another country for a while or travel for a great length of time
  • realize when someone tells you they just want to be friends they mean something else
  • realize when you do the same
  • know that the odds are in your favor that you will find someone else
  • realize power roles in your family
  • look up more than you look down, forward more than back
  • go through your old photos and look at the people in the background
  • listen more than talk when you get the chance
  • ask why more than replying because
  • teach
  • look at yourself from outside of yourself
  • realize people suffer because they hang on to things
  • be honest with your friends until you weed our all of the acquaintances
  • argue for something you don’t agree with on occasion
  • look at other people looking at other people
  • realize life is bigger than you and your worlds
  • watch the moon for an hour
  • Stumble
  • get a bowl of water, shake enough pepper on the water to coat the top, put a drop of dish soap on your finger and stick it into the water – and realize the reaction you get is the same reaction you will get if you always told the truth
  • get into an argument and lose it on purpose
  • read Bukowski
  • learn another language
  • on occasion, be empathetic to a fault
  • give more than take
  • realize that everything taught to you could have easily learned on your own had you wanted to begin with
  • and remember to breathe.

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