Sunday, August 24, 2008

An open letter to myself

SoHo NYC, last Sunday. A guy hitting milk cartons across an intersection
Video Credit: Mark Baratelli

Dear Mark,

This is an email I've been meaning to send. Sorry it took so long.

If you don't exercise, you will gain weight. Shut up and get on the treadmill and eat whatever the hell you want. And never, ever discuss this topic again. The case is closed.

Someone else's success is a good thing. It has nothing to do with you. Clap.

Don't drown the small fish. Let them drown themselves and go learn how to swim from the big fish.

If you don't look for a job, you won't find one. This might be a good thing. Or a bad thing.

If you think you're not qualified for a job, you just don't want to do it.

People who treat you with disrespect reflect poorly on THEMSELVES. Nice people don't act mean, even to mean people. It is not how much you are loved by others, but how much you love others. Screw what the Wizard of OZ says.

If you don't have supportive people in your life, find them, make them, create them, draw them. You need them. And they need you. And put time for this in your calendar or you will forget tomorrow.

Nobody can do what you do. And if you try to imitate someone else, you will suck. And if you think you HAVE to be like someone else, you will suck. You should be good, and trained, and knowledgeable, but you are not a mimic. If you are not good, and trained and knowledgeable, either get training or take what you can get. But don't copy.

Just because you exert effort towards a goal doesn't mean you will get it. I won't get it. I will get it. I have no control.

Just because you sit on your ass doesn't mean you won't get what you want. You plant the seeds, you go lay on the couch, and stuff happens or it doesn't. But YOU keep going and planting those seeds.


Mark Baratelli


Laura Hodos said...

I love your open letter. I'm copy and pasting it and going to live it.

So there, you crazily talented man, you!

Laura :)

akeorlando said...

Sometimes we need to have "open letters" with ourselves, to keep things in check.

I think we could all definitely learn something from your own letter. Thanks for sharing....

Brian Feldman said...

This is good.