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Memories are Made

Not borrowed.
Not a lucky break. (most of the time)
Not the product of circumstance.
They are deliberate and hand-crafted works of human and kinetic art.

A few days before I launched this website and left on a journey to travel around the world, I was discussing my work and philosophy over a coffee in Stratford-on-Avon with my dear friend Nick Walton, who Melissa and I are currently collaborating with on a Shakespearean education project for teachers. I asked Nick what he thought about our misfit ethos, and he said something to me I will never forget. “Well, AJ, it sounds like you are saying … define your moments or they will define you.


You can spend the rest of your days making excuses about why things didn’t break your way, or you can start right now handcrafting the memories that will make you smile in twenty years time.

I’m not kidding.

I don’t care how long you’ve sat dormant. Or how many dreams you’ve tucked away through the years. Or how many adventures you almost started but didn’t have the guts to pull the trigger on.

Tomorrow is your gift from the Universe.

You have a choice.

Your life is a canvas.
And You are holding the paintbrush.

Now what are you doing to do about it?

Your Fellow Misfit,



Ps – In case you missed it, in Friday’s article I launched a program called Honorary Misfits for those who want to support the Misfit Quarterly and our creative work. At the end of the day today, I’ll be closing registrations as I’ve already accepted more people than I originally intended. If you want to read more about it, you can go here.


If you find this essay useful please consider sharing it with someone you know who needs it. It would mean the world to me. 


Written from:  Inside the Pegasus in Downtown Savannah

Today’s Image: Intrepid Sky 


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