This warmer weather is cathartic. Took a nap on the grass in Lincoln Park yesterday, sun warming me from above. Sounds from the zoo floated by as I drifted off. Felt like I was reborn when I awoke. Cheers to spring, friends.
People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully. I’m actually as proud of the things we haven’t done as the things I have done. Innovation is saying no to 1,000 things.
— Steve Jobs
(Apple Worldwide Developers’ Conference, 1997)
There’s an opposite to déjà vu. They call it jamais vu. It’s when you meet the same people or visit places, again and again, but each time is the first. Everybody is always a stranger. Nothing is ever familiar.
— Chuck Palahniuk, Choke
Chicago is always a stranger to me. Even now, when I can bike to spots with my eyes closed, I greet an altogether unique scene upon opening them, seeing the familiar remarkably reborn.