Your role in things.



Read as much as possible.

Read the big stuff, the challenging stuff, the confronting stuff, and read the fun stuff too.

Visit galleries and look at paintings, watch movies, listen to music, go to concerts — be a little vampire running around the place sucking up all the ideas and art you can.

Fill yourself with the beautiful stuff of the world.

Have fun. Get amazed. Get astonished. Get awed on a regular basis. so that getting awed is habitual and becomes a state of being.

Fully understand your enormous value in the scheme of things because the planet needs people like you, smart young creatives full of awe, who can minister to the world with positive, mischievous energy, young people who seek spiritual enrichment and who see hatred and disconnection as the corrosive forces they are.

These are manifest indicators of a human being with immense potential.

Absorb into yourself the world’s full richness and goodness and fun and genius, so that when someone tells you it’s not worth fighting for, you still stick up for it, protect it, run to its defense because it is your world they’re talking about, then watch that world continue to pour itself into you in gratitude.

A little smart vampire of raging love, amazed by the world.

That’s the voice of Nick Cave, speaking to a 13-year-old who asked for advice on life.

You probably know a youngster, a recent graduate perhaps who could benefit from his passion as a cure to the crushing cynicism we’re bombarded with day after day.

Reach out. Spread some hope and optimism.