Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Juliet's Rules

I like rules.

I should clarify. I like MY rules. Nobody else's.

I've developed a whole lot of rules over the last forty-seven years of life (actually, I guess more like the last thirty-four years or so, only after I started sloughing off those offered to me by my loving, well-meaning, rule-bound parents.)

Some of my rules are quite prosaic: always put your phone charger cord back in the same place or you WILL lose it; never call a younger man "adorable", especially when he's asking you on a date ; shells and detritus from a seafood dinner MUST go in the outside trash before bed....

But others are less so. Below are a few rules I try to live by:

(Disclaimer: *I apologize in advance for inadvertently and blatantly stealing from inspirational ditties, childhood poems, and particularly effective T-shirt slogans*)

1. If there's any way to enjoy what you're doing, enjoy it to the fullest

2. Don't make excuses for remaining miserable

3. Do something that scares you, every single day...or at least every week

4. Smile

5. Always remember everything you have received,
but forget what you have given to others

6. Take naps (even better with a friend)

7. Don't offer advice unless it's asked for...and even then, dole it out in a miserly fashion

8. Enjoy cocktails with friends every chance you get
(in costume whenever possible)

9. Don't wish things away; you might miss them when they're gone

10. Be kind whenever possible; then go bitch to your closest friends

11. Make art, fully in the knowledge that no artist is ever truly pleased

12. Make plans, but understand that few plans will ever come to fruition
(nor should they)

13. Trust in the Fates. They may be old and ugly, but they've got your back.


Rachael Herron said...

I *love* this, especially the bit about the cocktails. I think you said what I was trying to say, but so much better -- I adore rules, as long as I'm making them. Yes.

Hard Boiled Mysti said...

Adding the cocktail rule to my list :)

I forget who said "Write what you are afraid to write about," but I keep finding that behind a dullness problem in a scene, sequence, or chapter is something I've been dodging because I was afraid to go there...

Thanks for the inspiration Ms. J!!!!!

Juliet Blackwell said...

I agree, Mysti -- confronting what we fear in life almost always leads to growth and confidence, and that goes for our writing as well!
And yes, you two, cocktails with friends is a very important rule ;-)

Daisy said...

Oh man, you are so right about the shellfish thing.

Sophie Littlefield said...

lovely lovely lovely post - and you all DO know that juliet painted the beautiful couch lady painting right? sheesh, she's talented...

Gigi Pandian said...

LOVE this take on rules. I was feeling in a rut with my photography, so just yesterday I signed up for a one-day art class in a medium I don't currently practice. I expect it will be very messy -- but fun!

camille Minichino said...

Yay for the couch lady! Whatever rules you were or were not following for that painting worked!

Lisa Hughey said...

Love your rules...can't wait for another round of cocktails (I don't think lager counts) :)

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