Mission 1701

Everyone has a plan ‘till they get punched in the mouth.

—Mike Tyson

Here there dwells an older us – a part of us that was there before we became apes. This is the wolf that we once were. This wolf understands that happiness cannot be found in calculation. It understands that no truly significant relationship can ever be based on a contract. First there is loyalty. And this we must respect through heavens fall. Calculation and contracts always come afterwards – as the simian part of our soul follows on from the lupine.

There are seven days in a week, and “someday” isn’t one of them

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.

—Chinese proverb

Emma and I went out to ride our bicycles tonight after the sun, and in that calm uneventful moment of her jumping on and off the sidewalks on her bike and me thinking that she’s pretty decent at it, I realized that this was the evening I’ve been living toward my entire life. It was the evening that validated every single choice I ever made. I thought of every circumstance in the universe across space and time that led to this point. Such a profound, miraculous thing to experience happiness this way, I wish it to all of you.

That’s a clarification I want us both to acknowledge

We don’t love each other more when we deserve it least

That’s a bullshit teenage phrase

We both loved and love each other more when we most desere it

End of story.

Beauty is an enormous, unmerited gift given randomly, stupidly.

—Khaled Hosseini, And the Mountains Echoed

Dye, who had lead design roles at Kate Spade and Ogilvy & Mather before coming to Apple in 2006, says that most of the designers feel constant low-level anxiety. “I’m scared to death that at some point I’m going to get found out. You know, Tim [Cook] is going to realize the truth about me, which is I’m terrible.”

Every cloud has a silver lining.

Sometimes you meet a random person and just the magnitude of their personality changes the way you’ll live your whole entire remaining life. And in that way they become a part of what you’re about, a beacon that you live towards like you’d live towards your own dreams coming true. And when one day your child looks at you in awe and reverence for that moment you’re throwing your leg over the seat, you think – baby, you really wanna meet Georg. It’s him you’re revering right now. I only absorbed him, and he lives inside of me. I became him, selflessly, and I’m so incredibly happy that you can experience him through me, even though it’s never quite the same. I’m so privileged to have had the opportunity to become partially Georg. It’s one of the most amazing ways I came to experience my own life and my own existence.