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No matter how familiar Paris becomes, something always reminds me that I don’t belong.

— Pamela Druckerman on an American living in Paris
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That Itch

One of the rules of adulthood is that life doesn’t wait. Life only waits for you to take action.

We may call it luck, but people are successful because they’re prepared and they ride the wave of opportunity.

Of course, it helps that you can identify what you like doing so you focus on doing it every day. Love and labor move in parallel.

One way to identify what you enjoy doing is to identify your itch. For Michael Jordan, that itch was basketball. Basically, the itch is something you know you’d rather be doing when you’re not doing it. It’s the same feeling you get when you don’t brush your teeth.

What’s itching you? Maybe you should spend 5-10 minutes working on that today.

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Just learned a bit more from this video about my favorite balloon, KAWS’ “COMPANION,” from this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.  

KAWS is originally a graffiti artist.  And “COMPANION” demonstrates the rift between art and mass culture obsessions.  In short, “COMPANION” is the anti-Mickey Mouse. 

KAWS’ character stands just out of the norm. Beyond Companion’s massive presence, the viewer is forced to recognize his action: Companion is covering its face. Whether out of shyness or other feelings, KAWS’ Companion represents a shift in how we understand varieties of people, especially given his origins in graffiti–an art form that also lies just outside of the status quo. – link

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Colorful Balloons on Flickr. Fancy is a balloon that soars at the wind’s will. - Frank Gelett Burgess Instagram version. 
Colorful Balloons on Flickr. Fancy is a balloon that soars at the wind’s will. – Frank Gelett Burgess Instagram version. 
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Over/Under Prepared

Always overdress for cold weather because you can pull off layers if it’s too hot.

Wearing extra layers is as easy as another jacket or some thick socks.  

What’s hard is overworking, over-preparing for the unpredictable.  Some people give up and take what they can get, others thrive because of their diligence.  

You may not succeed regardless of how much you prepared; remember, quality of output matters too.  What’s most important is that you don’t under-dress, under-prepare so you end up shaking or stalling the whole time.  

Survival is impromptu.  BETTER TO BE OVER-READY THAN UNDERPREPARED.