Tim Kreider’s piece for The New York Times being linked around like crazy, but it’s worth it because it’s that good:
I was a member of the latchkey generation and had three hours of totally unstructured, largely unsupervised time every afternoon, time I used to do everything from surfing the World Book Encyclopedia to making animated films to getting together with friends in the woods to chuck dirt clods directly into one another’s eyes, all of which provided me with important skills and insights that remain valuable to this day. Those free hours became the model for how I wanted to live the rest of my life.
The paragraph above nearly knocked me out of my chair because it so perfectly described not just my childhood — I’m eternally grateful to my parents for never forcing me into structured activities, but allowing my to follow my interests and discover things on my own — but also how I hope to live my life going forward — allowing unstructured time to explore, create, see friends, socialize. Free time. Less schedules more serendipity.
I don’t want to regret missing something magical because my schedule said I was too busy. He continues:
My own resolute idleness has mostly been a luxury rather than a virtue, but I did make a conscious decision, a long time ago, to choose time over money, since I’ve always understood that the best investment of my limited time on earth was to spend it with people I love. I suppose it’s possible I’ll lie on my deathbed regretting that I didn’t work harder and say everything I had to say, but I think what I’ll really wish is that I could have one more beer with Chris, another long talk with Megan, one last good hard laugh with Boyd. Life is too short to be busy.
Finals Week Text Playlist
It’s the last week of classes before finals so the next few days look to be fairly busy as I finish up a handful of class projects as well as a few freelance things that have come down the pipeline. That being said, posting may be quite sporadic this week as I juggle these things and get some work done.
At the beginning of the summer, Frank Chimero shared what he calls a “Text Playlist,” essentially a small collection of articles and blogposts he has saved that he returns to every few weeks to read. I too have a text playlist that I keep in Evernote that I return to every so often when I’m feeling down or depressed or cynical or just in need of a bit of encouragement. In a way, I guess, it’s my favorite corners of the internet that I want to run back to time and time again.
Considering I’ll be focused on other projects this week and have no idea how much time the blog will receive, I thought it’d be nice to share the list with you today. This should give you a healthy dose of quality reading to last you a week if you desire.