I was supposed to do these daily but I just don’t find the time to be reflective. Which is I guess, part of the problem. In pressing ahead, you don’t really get the chance to sit down and think. That’s why the Review of the Year or Review of the Decade programmes that come on around this time of year are such a shock: “was that really a year/five years/eight years ago?” people say. “Hasn’t the time flown by?” they add. Well, yes it was. And yes, it has. The stark passage of time is one of the really depressing reasons why people don’t sit down and think. It’s an elegant moebius strip of inaction.
#16 This is a bit of a cheat as I realised on Day 18 but it’s applied since my teens – Perfecto Remixes. Mansun, U2, New Order – easily the best remixes I’ve listened to. Oakenfold is a pop-led dance sell out, yeah yeah yeah whatevs, but the Perfecto Remix of New Order’s World and U2’s Lemon are genuinely loopable. If you’re too cool for that then I can recommend some Joan Didion essays to read by lamplight instead.
#17 Christmas spirit. Yeah, the whole thing can easily be a hackneyed trial of patience, but there are some genuinely nice things people do.
#18 Cats licking each other clean on the next door neighbours fence. If even they can care for each other, why can’t we? Although they do shit in my garden.