10 Things I Learned in 2010

The only sentimental thing I could think of.

I read a lot this year – blogs, articles, books, essays. I also did a lot of my own writing. Here’s a compilation of all that I’ve learned, and where I learned it from, with special thanks to coketalk, Atonement, the South, and, of course, The Arcade Fire.

  1. Human contact is crucial. Talk to someone – anyone – every single day. (Thanks, Sylvia Plath.)
  2. Keep in touch so that you have an excuse to travel. You never know where time will take people. (Thanks, Grace Rosen.)
  3. Books are like people, but better, because they never change. (Take, for example, Harry Potter. Also, thanks to The Social Network and True Blood.)
  4. It is better to observe from the shadows. (Thanks to Lisbeth Salander, Simon Bellamy.)
  5. Comfort zones are for wusses (Thanks, South Carolina.)
  6. Sleep is great, but a sunrise is better. (Thanks, Small World, Emmy, and South Carolina.)
  7. It doesn’t matter so much where the feeling comes from, but rather that you are experiencing it. (Thanks to The National, Vampire Weekend, Sufjan Stevens, the train from Penn Station to Princeton Junction.)
  8. If you don’t get moving, you’ll be stuck in the same place forever. (Thanks, Sookie Stackhouse.)
  9. Childhood never ends if you don’t want it too. (Thanks, Harry, Hermione and Ron.)
  10. Patience is a very rewarding virtue. (Thanks, various surprises I have experienced this year.)

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