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This is a rallying cry.
Whatever you may have planned for yourself, get started.
Even if you’ve got nothing planned, it’s time to begin on those half-baked ideas that pop into your head from time to time. You know, the feeling you get whenever you finish a movie and realize how little you’ve blinked in the past 130 minutes, or when your ears perk up to the sound of a gorgeous new song. When a passage from a poem cannot unstick itself from your brain, or when you dream about the colours that make up a painting, when an idea makes you feel warm on the inside. These are all signs that the universe is trying to tell you something. It’s shouting: “Get up! You have something unique to offer and we’re all dying to see it!”
Without people getting started on their ideas, the DTS wouldn’t exist! It was born out of the idea that we should be writing about more than what our professors assign us. We should be taking pictures of unique subjects doing awesome things! Without actually getting up and creating something, we would all just be sitting around wishing we were doing something more interesting and productive with our time.
This month has brought forth some awesome new ideas. We’ve got articles focusing on people who are following the advice I gave above: do what you want because you want to.
Somebody in Ottawa is printing their own cassette tapes containing a niche genre of music. Why? Because they wanted to, and believed that people would think that it was cool. Somebody else opened up for TI after realizing that they loved to hype a crowd up. Somebody else is making stylized art showing the many ways to wear a certain type of shoe, and it looks goddamned gorgeous.
The world is full of so many beautiful things, so many excellent and exquisite choices. Take agency, create, consume, and love all that there is to be loved.
In the words of M83 (check out Will Kahnert’s playlist) “Do It, Try It.”