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Danny Collins Inspired This

As I write this I'm flipping through tabs which I know is not going to help me write this post anymore than tying my hands behind my back would.

I went to see Danny Collins tonight.  I thought it was really good.  Danny Collins (Al Pacino) is an aging and wildly successful rock star who questions his validity on a daily basis.  He receives a lost letter to him from John Lennon, and he begins to change after pondering what his life would have been like if he had received the letter when it was sent to him instead of 40 years later.  He questions if it's too late, if it's worth it.

It's a rare situation, for me personally, that something is too late.  I was rooting for Danny the whole time.  I think we are more forgiving and understanding than we let on.  And I think that's a good thing.  Maybe not the letting on part, but the overall sentiment of we are a forgiving species.  I find it hard to hold a grudge.  I remember things, but that's all.  I've hurt people; I've been hurt, and in most cases I've forgiven all parties involved (except for myself - that's a tough one for me still - that's what the "in most cases" is there for).

Life IS short.  It may seem long sometimes, but at the end of the day, it really isn't that long.

I want to fully live my sweet short life.  I want to push my limits, forgive my faults and the faults of others, strive for constant improvement, set and reach my goals, spend time with the people I love, and have a hell of a time.

And maybe learn to blog along the way.

The Long Form

September 15, 2013

John Lennon used to write books.  And read lots of books.

I did a self-taught speed reading course earlier this year.  At my best right now I can read 1,800 words per minute.  JFK could read 2,000 words per minute.  People seem shocked when I tell them that I can read that fast.  To be honest I average around 1,100 words per minute these days.  I stopped practicing regularly and it shows.  So I’ll be going back to regular practice to sustain and improve my pace.

I wanted to be able to read more books.  And since I’ve been speed-reading, I’ve found myself gravitating towards lengthier things.  I tweet considerably less, spend less time on Facebook, and read longer articles and books.  I still enjoy the quick fix, but I now enjoy the long form more than I ever have before.  Probably because I can read it faster than I have ever been able to.

I like stories.  I like long stories.  Some of my favorite songs are well over the traditional three-minute mark.  I haven’t written a really long song yet.  I’m sure it’s coming, given my interest in the long form.

The irony is that this blog is generally on the short side of things.