A Way of Life

I'm pretty sure I've started the last few months by resolving to post more in this space. And then I post a grand total of approximately twice per month. So, new month, same vow: I really am going to make more of an effort to blog more regularly! 

These days, I've been a sponge for "general life advice." I'm not sure if it's because I'm trying to make career-related decisions, or because I've been taking a hand lettering course and thus am especially attuned to words of wisdom that I might like to turn into an art project. When I stumbled upon this advice from the late writer Hunter S. Thompson, I felt like it was the very thing I needed to read: 

"A man who procrastinates in his choosing will inevitably have his choice made for him by circumstance. So if you now number yourself among the disenchanted, then you have no choice but to accept things as they are, or to seriously seek something else. But beware of looking for goals: look for a way of life. Decide how you want to live and then see what you can do to make a living within that way of life. But you say, “I don’t know where to look; I don’t know what to look for.”
And there’s the crux. Is it worth giving up what I have to look for something better? I don’t know—is it? Who can make that decision but you? But even by deciding to look, you go a long way toward making the choice."
- Hunter S. Thompson

I gravitate towards this idea of seeking a "way of life" rather than goals, at least where the bigger picture is concerned; goals can be useful but also rather statistical. As someone who engages in "lifestyle" blogging (for lack of a better term), I think this quotation touches on the "crux" of lifestyle: how we reconcile our values and interests, our desires and others' needs, to construct a way of life. Thompson wrote this life advice in a letter to a friend when he was just 20 years old, but everything he says in it pertains to my twenties thus far. You can read more from the letter here