And Then I Found Twenty Dollars

My memory is AWFUL. But I remember a few things. I remember watching that documentary about Bill Cunningham years ago and his quote:

“If you don’t take money, they can’t tell you what to do, kid. That’s the key to the whole thing.”

When I watched that documentary, I was pretty broke. I could get behind it because “Hell, I don’t have any money! Screw money!” As I write this, I don’t have a problem making money. It changes things.

So here are two things that I know to be true about money, based on my own experience:

  1. Money has allowed me to make some of my favorite work.
  2. Turning down money has allowed me to make some of my favorite work. (Specifically, asking someone not to pay me so that I can freely make what I want.)

Turns out, it isn’t money. It’s a lot of other things. More on that later.

I mean, I have 97 more days. I can’t share all my thoughts at once.

PS: This is a $20 bill that I found on my walk today. If I was a serial Monopoly player that had a $200 billion trust fund, this would be the best day. But alas, I am a normal person and this isn’t real money so it just makes for a great photo. I left it on the sidewalk. Is that considered littering?

April 5, 2018