I love this list by Jack Kerouac: Belief and Technique for Modern Prose. His shorthand is odd at times, and a few of the items don’t make any sense to me, but one of them stuck out:
Be in love with yr life
There’s that shorthand I was talking about. And even though it seems as though Kerouac was ahead of the txting curve by a few decades, don’t let it distract you. That phrase, Be in love with yr life, is pretty weighty, right? I mean, if you’re going to commit yourself to that idea, you’re committing yourself to making some changes — how you spend your energy, time, money, and emotions.
Interesting. I’m still chewing on it, but I went ahead and whipped up a hacky little graphic to help me remember: