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Things I have learned in my life so far

11 Sep

5-year reunion

I started  a semester-long design class this week at a local art school. The professor gave us this list of things artist/designer Stefan Sagmeiser claims to have learned in his life (so far). They are notes he distilled from his diary.

  • Complaining is silly. Either act or forget.
  • Thinking life will be better in the future is stupid, I have to live now.
  • Being not truthful works against me.
  • Helping other people helps me.
  • Organizing a charity group is surprisingly easy.
  • Everything I do always comes back to me.
  • Drugs feel great in the beginning and become a drag later on.
  • Over time I get used to everything and start taking it for granted.
  • Money does not make me happy.
  • Traveling alone is helpful for a new perspective on life.
  • Assuming is stifling.
  • Keeping a diary supports my personal development.
  • Trying to look good limits my life.
  • Worrying solves nothing.
  • Material luxuries are best enjoyed in small doses.
  • Having guts always works out for me.
Sagmeister took a few of the items on this list and created physical installations showcased around the world – often just on the street (and not in galleries). Check them out by watching his Ted Talk. Sagmeister has a website where you can contribute to his list and share what you’ve learned in your life so far.

What have you learned so far? Leave it in the comments.

More Finely

31 Mar


“We took away your art because we thought it would reveal your souls. Or to put it more finely, we did it to prove you had souls at all.”

— Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go

Purchase this phenomenal but weird book here: Never Let Me Go

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