Asked over a late night Skype session
Part 1: Experiencing the worst internet connection
Part 2: It didn’t really matter
Prologue: Asked over a late night walk in Budapest
“I can say that life has been good to me. So I think that my task is to be good to it. So how do you be good to life? You live it.”
~ Morgan Freeman
I think that work informs pleasure
The way that experiencing pain
Adds value to the absence of it.
Pleasure is proportional
To the work you put in.
I’d like to know
I’ve done the work
To have this day with my future family…
Someday in the future
Slightly sunny and windy
Picnic of simple, homemade sandwiches
Later that night
So there. You have the outline. Now what are the actions, what are the thoughts?
Shared Spontaneity to the Day
A recollection to childhood
The thrill of everyday adventure
An Act of Kindness received and given
Newfound Joy in Something Taken for Granted
Revel in Past
All within 24 Hours.
Is this the definition of happiness then? That you wake up with a smile and you go to sleep with a smile, and that in between, you felt a whole range of emotions?
So we talk about value.
More time or more money.
Time adds value.
But money is valuable too.
So we debate for awhile.
Of course, there is no solution
And without context,
The decision is difficult.
I suppose it has to do with
Which one would provide
The ability to be carefree or spontaneous:
Time or Money?
There are things that have no price, but infinite value.
I think of most of our conversations this way.
There are moments with definite price tags attached.
I hold these moments dear too.
Not for the money, but for the thoughts behind these memories because
Some experiences have a cost.
And some have a cost that is greater than money itself.
Sometimes I feel a debt to pay
You managed to never make me feel this way.
I value this above money or time,
This is the Rex I know
Prone to Romanticism
Searching and At Peace.
There are, of course, so many ways looking at a Perfect Day.
Where do I begin?
It is important you understand that this is not a last day. It is simply
A Day in the middle of Many Other Days
that can be both hypothetical and true.
Lived in many moments
Over many days.
So you can look back and say
Live your life
I lived mine too.
Hypothetical and true.
Because you asked me first.
Because you continue to ask me today.
Photo 1 (Alex Nguyen), Photo 4 (Lisa Gerstley), Photo 6 (Jennifer Chern)