My Fashion Philosophy

Do you have some fashion philosophies? Some guidelines or trends by which you buy/make clothes? I do, and I share mine below in summary of an overarching philosophy, elaborating on each element later.

If you don’t have some fashion philosophies, you might consider formulating some. You can develop it by thought, or start by analyzing what you have in your closet, and deciding what you might like to change. What you wear does make an impression and does form some portion of your identity. Not having some conscious fashion philosophies is a bit like not having an identity for which you have some say in. Are you the type to run around without an identity you give yourself? 🙂

If you do have some fashion philosophies, or will be getting some, please do share. You can link to this post or leave a comment.

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My 41 Life Philosophies (So Far)

I have many life philosophies by which I live. By life philosophies, I mean principles and attitudes I really live by, not just nod when I hear them in the form of a good quote or speech. I have never kept record of these life philosophies, but I thought I’d take some time to write some down now to see if I had one for every year I’ve lived. Why one per year lived? Because I’ve long thought that if I could learn something valuable enough from life each year to turn it into a life philosophy, a life outlook and behavioral change for the rest of my life, it’d have been a good year for wisdom.

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Life Philosophize Your Age – A Facebook Status or Note Meme Theme Challenge!

As we live life, we’re supposed to become wiser from having experienced more. That’s the theory, at least. But how would one measure that?

There’s an interesting debate if I’ve ever heard one. However, I propose this challenge for you to try, no matter what your age.

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Six Life Philosophies from an Obituary Writer

The Boston Globe recently had a great short article about six life lessons given by Bryan Marquard, their obituary writer of over 800 obits in the past 3.5 years. His perspective was that he looked at life through the lens of death. The article ended by asking “what have you learned from life”?

I’ll summarize the article here and give a few answers for this post.

1. Be nice.
No matter what you accomplish, how you treat people has a lot to do with how you will be remembered.

2. Don’t be mean.
You can be #1 or #2 without being the other.

3. If you want to live long, retire young…
Leave some time for fun in your life.

4. Or don’t retire at all.
Pursue your passions.

5. You don’t have to be rich – or even have a home.
It’s you, what you are and what you do that matter most.

6. Act now.
Don’t put off what you’ve always wanted to do.

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I liked the article because it looks at life through a very different perspective than one that I have. It’s not that I think most people have the view of an obituary writer, but rather how much I stay away from the thought of death. I have never fully read an obituary, even of some people very dear to me. And I don’t have insurance except for where I can’t avoid it, like to drive or insurance with my job. Sure, I appreciate a health plan and such, but insurance is like a constant reminder, with payment, of unfortunate things. As someone who believes that if you think about something enough, it might just happen to you, I stay away from those negative things.

As for some of what I’ve learned from life? For starters, I’ve got 26 life philosophies through this link. But if you’re not interested, I’ll leave three different ones here:

1. Act now, enjoy the moment, but live like there is always a tomorrow.
You couldn’t hope to either truly live every day or moment like it’s the last of your life, or last long doing it.

2. It’s not how you start that matters, but rather how you finish.
Save the best for last, and something better for tomorrow.

3. Everything means more the more you had to earn it.
“Earn” is any kind of effort you have to put in.

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If you want lots of life lessons, please check out my blogging buddy’s Lifelessons4u blog. She’s got more life lessons than you could learn in a life time!

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In the spirit of how the Boston Globe article ends, please feel free to leave comments regarding

What have you learned in life?

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Flesch-Kincaid Grade Reading Level: 4.2 (pffft! topic is a little beyond grade 4!) 🙂

Shining Eyes and Never Say Anything That Couldn’t Stand as the Last Thing You Ever Say

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Benjamin Zander, conductor

Benjamin Zander, conductor

Two new life philosophies from one talk…

Benjamin Zander is conductor of the Boston Philharmonic. he is the person who makes no sound but is most responsible for an orchestral performance, because he depends on his ability to make other people powerful for his power, to paraphrase him. In this delightful, funny, insightful and very moving and invigorating talk, he helps one appreciate classical music in a basic way everyone can relate to, not some technical way. Throughout, he inserts various insights, life stories and life philosophies that will touch you in profound ways.

Besides the conductor definition above, Benjamin talks about qualities of leadership, how music playing progresses from technical to artistic, the development of a music piece to create tension and release before bringing you home, how there’s no such thing as a tone deaf person, and a few life philosophies like the ones in the title. The “shining eyes” refer to how to judge your life success by the number of people’s eyes around you sparkling, created by you awakening possibilities in them. That is, using the question who are you being in life, that the eyes of those around you are not shining, as a check and motivation to be more to the world with your life.

You know, I was eating a large bowl of Vietnamese hot and sour soup I had made for supper while listening to this. I picked it out because I expected it to be a charming and funny talk with some insight, already a fan of classical music. However, I was laughing out loud quite a few times in the first two thirds of the talk, and then had my brains and heart blown out of their casings with the music, beauty and insights and stories of the last third. There were so many tears streaming down my face so quickly that by the end, I could taste the salt from my tears in my soup in a new recipe, apparently!

I don’t think I’m spoiling anything for you by telling you that story, but rather just preparing you for it if you so choose to watch the video. None of what I said made you cry, after all. What Benjamin will tell you, though, especially with regards to the title, will. He also gives one last practical piece of advice about not having to be perfect to uphold your philosophies, but just trying to “live into” those philosophies as best you can.

A two life philosophies talk! Meaning I have two new life philosophies because of it. Just amazing…

Flesch-Kincaid Grade Reading Level: 10.9