I love Italy. I go there as often as I can and always dream of the next opportunity to return. But there are some things that are constant reminders of my love for the country. Here are five of them: a person, a place, an event, a brand and a product.
1. Giuseppe Verdi
I hear his Requiem constantly and it amazes me every time. It’s got that Italian flair that puts me inside any church in Rome.
2. S. Pellegrino
Whenever I get the chance I drink a bottle and think I’m in a Sicilian trattoria.
3. Pitti Uomo Fair
It happens in Firenze twice a year and it’s the main menswear fashion/style event of the globe.
4. Italia Independent
One of my favorite brands, from one of my style icons.
5. Galleria Borghese
Not just because of Caravaggio’s paintings. A beautiful building and an overwhelming park in the heart of Vila Borghese.
I wish I could be there right now. I’ll keep on dreaming.
I never get this one right!
“Powers of Ten” is a 1968 American documentary short film written and directed by Ray Eames and her husband, Charles Eames, rereleased in 1977.
The film depicts the relative scale of the Universe in factors of ten and is an adaptation of the 1957 book Cosmic View by Kees Boeke.
And the music was composed by Elmer Bernstein.
How insignificant are we?
The most inspiring words I’ve read in a long time…
“Let’s make better mistakes tomorrow. Let’s scratch our heads and give up and wake up and try it again. Let’s fail at digging the well the first three times to get it right the fourth. Let’s build faster horses, and then strap rocket ships onto them. Let’s start a company, let’s watch it fail, and then let’s start another one.
Let’s be the boss. Let’s take the boss down. Let’s order too much of something just to see where our limits are. Let’s take a chance precisely because it might fail. Let’s take the hard way out. Let’s go to the moon. Fuck it; let’s go to the moon again. Let’s quit our jobs. Let’s work at being better at what we do by fucking up faster, not less. Let’s fuck up really fast. Let’s wrestle sharks, fight monsters, and disagree with the board. Let’s borrow so much money it becomes someone else’s problem. Let’s start a 10-hour drive by announcing “I’m not into you anymore.” Let’s dump everything out of the garage onto the sidewalk and build something really cool in that space. Let’s start out to build a better mousetrap, and halfway there let’s decide to jump on the mice’s team. Let’s bet on a longshot. Let’s buy her a drink. Let’s start baking bread in our cubicle. Let’s try bringing fresh water to distant villages precisely because we have no idea how to do it. Let’s pool our money. Let’s take their money. Let’s solve that hard problem. You know that one that keeps you up at night? Let’s tackle that bastard. Let it kick our ass a few times, and then finally get it right. Let’s find out what’s at the bottom of the ocean. Let’s tame the Kraken. Let’s just fucking tell people we’ve read Infinite Jest and move on. Let’s forgive our parents. Let’s do something with the goddamned planet. Let’s rent an electric generator and open a food cart that sells nothing but frosted PopTarts, but makes a lot of fucking noise. Let’s have a breakthrough. Let’s have a breakdown. Let’s agree that bruises fade, bones heal, hearts mend, and that tomorrow we’re right back on that horse and that this time, THIS TIME! we’ve at least got a rocket strapped to its back.”
Let’s Make Better Mistakes Tomorrow, by Mike Monteiro (Artwork and essay)
I will start a new series of posts and share my infinite wisdom.
Expect more life changing advice in the near future.