Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Downhill Without Brakes: Lessons from Calvin & Hobbes

Contrary to earlier claims by a certain rabbit, everything I needed to know in life, I learned from Calvin & Hobbes.

  • All you really need is someone who can actually see you.
  • Relationships don't care whether anyone else can understand them.
  • Make every day an adventure.
  • Two words: "Rocketship Underpants."
  • Subvert the paradigm; that's what it's there for.
  • Your imagination is a tool that should not be allowed to rust.
  • It's always more fun to get dirty than it is to clean up afterward.
  • Adults don't know what they're doing either. (Shhhhh! Don't tell anyone.)
  • There are very few situations in which a space helmet and cape aren't appropriate attire.
  • You craft your own reality; don't ever let anyone tell you otherwise.
  • All the preparation in the world doesn't guarantee success.
  • "You might get hurt" is a lousy reason not to try.
  • Life is a downhill ride in a wagon with no brakes. The best you can hope for is to make as big an impact as you can at the end.

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