My longtime fans can now get some sleep. The drama is over. I have never been so excited to see another person’s penis. He will be Quinn Bryan henceforth. Katie Couric will not be running a gender revelation segment like she did with Tom Cruise’s baby, because she is no longer at CBS running such crucial segments on national and world affairs. We will not be contacting the National Enquirer or People magazine to confirm the gender. We have decided that we want our privacy on this matter.
1) Jerry Seinfeld says that “the reason we have kids is to have something to watch.” It breaks life up, once our lives have reached a point where we feel like we’ve done everything we wanted to do. Having a kid is a way to break life up when we’ve examined life for all its worth, and the only thing we have left is the transfer of that fascination to the next generation. “But,” says Jerry, “there will come a point, in everyone’s life where we are laying on our deathbed, and we say okay, that’s enough.”
2) “What do you want people to say about you at your funeral?” a Berkshire Hathaway shareholder asked Warren Buffet. “Damn, he was old!” Buffet replied. Is it everyone’s goal to live a long life, or do they decide to live the “Hope I die before I get old!” Pete Townshend, rock and roll lifestyle? Some of us lived a semblence of that lifestyle, but we’re glad we still have the chance to hear “Damn, he is old!” before we pass on.
3) “Youth is wasted on the young,” –Winston Churchill. A young person doesn’t appreciate their life, their energy, passion, and the vitality they have, until it’s gone. Youth is wasted on trivial matters that aren’t revealed as trivial, until one gets old. Then, once one grows old, they realize that they can’t waste the precious time they have left on trivial matters, and they wish they had only realized that earlier.
4) “80% of life is showing up,” –Woody Allen. There does come a point, however, where showing up becomes futile. There does come a point when all you’re doing is showing up. There does come a point where you’re pursuing nothing and just fulfilling responsibility. There does come a point where fear keeps a person stagnant. There does come a point when it’s time to move on. I don’t know what percentage of life this involves, but there does come a point when showing up is not enough in life.
5) “She would of been a good woman,” The Misfit said of the old woman, “if it had been somebody there to shoot her every minute of her life.” –Flannery O’Connor’s short story A Good man is Hard to Find. How many times have we lost a loved one, experienced an illness or an injury, or a near-death experience, and loved life a little more in its aftermath? How many times have we set up agendas for life, premised in disciplines, and given them up when the harrowing experience drifts away from focus? Should we, or can we, live a life based on the fact that we’re going to die tomorrow, or is that so exhausting that we will probably live a happier life in routine?
6) “Those who are going to succeed in life do not have to be told,” an acting teacher told Charlton Heston when he complained that she didn’t compliment him as much as she did the other students in the acting class. Life is about the inner drive to succeed. If you do what you do to please others, you’re not living life right. Compliments are great, and we all love them, but they should not be your sole driving force in life. The same holds true with money.
7) The older I get, the less selfish I become, the more I recognize the selfishness around me. I would love to call others out on that, but that can be self-serving.
8) You can hide your nature with a quick wit, a use of “the force”, and other mental Jiu Jitsus, but sooner or later you will be revealed as the character you are. It’s far better to live an honest life, with honest evaluations and projections put to others, for that will stave off the eventual, crushing revelations that are made by those around you when all of your lies are revealed.
9) “One of the most foolish, and most dangerous, things one can do is to take love for granted, instead of nurturing it and safeguarding it as the prize jewel of one’s life.” –Thomas Sowell. There are only so many people on the planet that truly care about what happens to you, and they should be appreciated as the priceless commodities that they are. Most people pretend to care about you, but they’re really only seeking greater definition. They’re taking joy in your misery—schadenfreude—in a manner that is usually not malicious. They enjoy hearing about your problems, and they may “Aww!” you, but they’re actually glad it’s not them. They’ll tell one of their inner circle people about your problem, and the two of them will bask in the glory of comparative analysis. Loved ones, more often than not, don’t think this way. They truly want to help you make your life better, and we all accidentally take this for granted.
10) There are good guys and bad guys. In your youth, you will be obsessed with good guys and bad guys. How can you tell the difference? Your cousin Aiden says, “Look at the teeth.” If a character, on one of your shows, has jagged teeth, chances are that’s a bad guy. You’ll then learn some grey. You’ll learn that political proselytizing can define bad guys for political purposes. Then you’ll hear other people equivocate the differences, and you’ll believe that for a while, until you realize again that there are good guys and bad guys in the world, but they usually can’t be differentiated by teeth.