Wye Oak - “The Tower”
Once a group of 500 people were attending a seminar. Suddenly the speaker stopped and decided to do a group activity. He started giving each person a balloon. Each person was then asked to write their name on it using a marker pen. Then all the balloons were collected and put in another room.
The people were then let into that room and asked to find the balloon which had their name written on it within 5 minutes. Everyone was frantically searching for their name, colliding with each other, pushing around others and there was utter chaos.
At the end of 5 minutes no one could find their own balloon.
Then, the speaker asked each person to randomly collect a balloon and give it to the person whose name was written on it. Within minutes everyone had their own balloon.
The speaker then began, “This is happening in our lives. Everyone is frantically looking for happiness all around, not knowing where it is.
Our happiness lies in the happiness of other people. Give them their happiness; you will get your own happiness. And this is the purpose of human life…the pursuit of happiness.”
The FIreballs // Can’t You See I’m Tryin’
Dazed and Confused
Dallas Buyer’s Club
Trying to figure out what to say about Philip Seymour Hoffman. I have nothing to say, because I didn’t know him. But I did know him, we all did.
He was on our Televisions, our big screens, our mobile phones, our social feeds. He was hands down one of the most brilliant creatives of our time. He was also an addict who since the age of 22 had spent much of his time sober. The world can be a difficult and lonely place and in the midst of difficult times it can be hard, if not impossible, to remember that the difficulties we experience will not last forever, because they never do.
Maybe he experienced this impossibility when he relapsed, or perhaps he just forgot and there was no meaning behind his choice. It doesn’t matter, it really doesn’t. Some say relapse is a choice. I suppose the events leading up to a relapse are, in a way, a choice, but perhaps not. Perhaps it is not a choice and you’re just fucked. People die all the time, of this disease and others - none of it dims the beauty that we all contribute to each other and to the world. Philip Seymour Hoffman will always be remembered for his outstanding brilliance, memorialized forever in his art which I am grateful for. R.I.P.
Desk of Nike’s CEO.