I invited my alter-ego, Alvin j Riot to share his view of the world and what he most valued, as we embark upon a brand new year. It's amazing how similar his view of worldly matters is to mine...
The Manifesto of Alvin j Riot
Be prepared to explore the outer limits of your own potential
Discard your socks if your toe pokes through
Always wear comfortable underwear
Go fishing just to be alone with your thoughts
-If you catch a fish consider it an added bonus
Chip away at your ignorance -read
If the sign says fast food think about it slowly
Never meditate in the middle of the road
Embrace simple pleasures
Take time to listen to music every day
Stop feeling guilty if your favourite ice cream flavor is vanilla
Wherever you are- be there!
Try to find a job that brings you satisfaction
Make certain the person you marry is your best friend
Avoid conservatives. They are the beige people.
Don’t throw bricks straight up
Sleep in a comfortable bed
Appreciate your pillow
Sand between your toes is okay. Sand in your shorts isn’t
Never wear tight clothes on a long trip
Put things back the way you found them- except large road maps
Don't be afraid to pick up litter
Never take the words I love you for granted
Remember it's just one big ocean- keep it clean
Go to Venice at least once in your life
Buy a vanilla slice and savour the flavour
Never beg, never steal
It’s okay to borrow toilet paper though
Every stop is a place to start
Always take your socks off before you get into bed
Drive until you come to a T intersection if that’s what you want to do
Never forget, sheep are stupid
Laugh at yourself
Don’t worry if you get tongue tied trying to pronounce, Namibia
Play hide and seek in the supermarket occasionally
Walk away from boring people
Listen to birdsong in the morning
Lie on the grass and watch the clouds float past –but not during a thunderstorm!
Never dare someone to slap you in the face with a wet fish
Skip down the street if the mood takes you.
Resist television evangelists for God’s sake!
Rail against the dimming of the light
Don’t blame your ears if you think rap music is just angry, garbled noise
Anyone can be a poet
Sitting on the fence gives you splinters
Enjoy every season
Seek out sunsets and sunrises
You are not your phone
Have some slow days
Once you've seen one shopping centre, you've seen a mall
Be a maker, not a breaker.