Frank Chimero creates what he calls a text playlist. It’s awesome. Inspired by him, I would like to create my own text playlist. It's purpose: Get me pumped and remind me what really matters in life.
- Obedient - Shel Silverstein - One of my favorite photographers and photography teachers, Greg Miller, read this poem to us during our last day of class when I was studying at the International Center of Photography in New York City. It’s a great poem that serves as a reminder to really go out and do the things that bring you joy. I’ve had it taped on my bedroom wall for the past 2 years.
- Two Questions - Lynda Barry - As an artist, it can sometimes be very easy to fall into the vicious cycle of thinking everything you do sucks, so much to the point where you consider quitting your art altogether. This comic reminds us to not let their outcome stop us from creating and to withstand the inevitable state of simply not knowing, and keep going.
- I Am Better Than I Used To Be – John Wooden - I went to UCLA, so this has particular resonance with me. It’s an excerpt from his book which I recommend everyone to read.
- You Are Not Too Old – Gary Wu - There are so many things I would like to achieve in this lifetime. Sometimes I feel like I don’t have enough time in a day to do it all. Or worst, I’m too old. This piece by reminds me that there’s still time. There will always be time.
- Am I Making The Right Decision? – Jason Lam - It feels weird to be putting myself on this playlist but only because oddly enough, I often forget the very things I write. I’m not perfect. This one reminds me to stay true to myself, which at the end of the day, should be the ultimate criteria.
- Most Questions Can Be Boiled Down – Austin Kleon - Short and sweet. Key Takeaway: One day you’ll be dead.
- Just Work Hard, It's Not Hard Work - Bobby Hundreds - I've been inspired by Bobby for a long time now. He's an illustrator, photographer, writer, director, business owner, and more. He does everything, and he does everything well. This post is a great reminder of what it takes to get to where we want to be. "The hard work is the trophy"
- Ithaca - C.P. Cavafy - I love this poem. If I'm ever frustrated with my progress I make sure I read this several times out loud. I get too focused on arriving sometimes. This poem helps me appreciate the journey a little bit more.
- I Can't Write Real Good - Casey Neistat - Not knowing how to do something is hardly a reason not to do it
- Sour, Doughy, Raw, and Numb - Rumi - A great poem about embracing the... well, you can read it and come up with your own interpretations.
by Jason Lam