1. My Summer of 2015 Road Trip
I was 25 and I had dreamed of driving across the United States since I was a kid. That summer, I got to experience some of the magnificent beauty that this country has to offer, all while spending time with my best friend. We learned about new cities, art, architecture, music, food, history and culture. Most importantly, we learned a lot about each other. It’s true what they say: you truly learn who people are when you travel with them. It was a journey I will never forget; I wouldn’t change a single thing that happened during it.
2. Hot Showers
It’s easy to take for granted to availability of running water. Water in general is a luxury, so to be fortunate enough to know what it feels like to wash away an awful day or warm up after being out in the cold is something I must label as a favorite thing. Hot showers are comforting, cleansing, pseudo time-freezers. Hot showers are intimate thought incubators. Hot showers are the restart option when you run out of lives in a video game.
The general concept that a form can represent a letter, which can be paired with other letters, which can then be strung together like beads on a string to express thoughts and emotions and ideas, has always fascinated me. And then to be able to apply different styles, expression, structure and/or arrangements to letterforms is astounding. When I look at all of the typefaces, design and communication that has developed as a result of this fact, I am rendered breathless by it.
“The books are to remind us what asses and fools we are…. Most of us can’t rush around, talking to everyone, know all the cities of the world, we haven’t time, money or that many friends. The things you’re looking for, Montag, are in the world, but the only way the average chap will ever see ninety-nine per cent of them is in a book. Don’t ask for guarantees…. Books were only one type or receptacle where we stored a lot of things we were afraid we might forget. There is nothing magical in them at all. The magic is only in what books say, how they stitched the patches of the universe together into one garment for us.”
–Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451
5. Being in love
It’s feeling like you actually have all the pieces to a puzzle. It’s trust and support and acceptance. It’s talking into the early morning and forgetting that Father Time is a complete asshole (and probably should never have become a parent in the first place). It’s recognizing a powerful compulsion deep in your chest while acknowledging all of your weaknesses. It’s the moment someone on this earth matters more to you than yourself. When every situation that once seemed complicated becomes so simple, and the simple things become so essential.