Take these and run with them!
- Scientists and engineers use complex language in precise ways, and your sloppy repurposing of that language damages understanding, so don’t do that.
- Your tastes aren’t interesting in themselves, so unless you have something beautiful to say about the world using your tastes (you probably don’t), stop making a big deal about them.
- Stop giving advice on your blog.
- Don’t describe yourself as talented. Even if it’s true, by the time you realize you’re talented, you’re too far along to still be talking about your talent.
- Alcohol is poison, alcohol consumption is an unsustainable pleasure, and you don’t need it to have a good time. Build as much of your social life now around being drug-free as you’re able; later on you’ll have no choice.
- Root for your local sports team, not whatever team is hot right now. Jumping on the winners’ bandwagon is like skipping to the last page of a story.
- Judge people’s choices, not their circumstances.
- Listen to strangers, especially older ones.
- Go to the theater. Go to the library.
- Don’t describe kids as ‘stupid’; unlike you, they haven’t yet had a chance to choose to be mean and ignorant.
- Don’t marry your high-school sweetheart without seeing other people first. But don’t lose touch either.
- Choose a rugged, ugly glasses case over a fashionable, flimsy one.
- If you buy sweets, you’ll eat sweets. Fill your house with healthy snacks.
- Keep a journal — even if it’s nothing more complicated than ‘Grocery shopping w/Bill; 2hrs Game of Thrones,’ you’ll learn something about how you live your life. Don’t resist revelation.
- Bike riding is a skill. Get a decent bike, take good care of it, learn to ride it skillfully.
- Find an enjoyable core strength workout and stick with it.
- Watch Deadwood.
- Read Aegypt.
- Buy my books.
Here’s how amazingly groovy I am, Reader(s): I didn’t include a hyperlink in that last line, did you notice? On account of I wanted this to be classy like.