CHRIS BATTAGLIA

Thoughts

Good Things

Every once in a while, someone suggests a novel in which you find yourself engrossed vehemently. Perhaps it's a page-turner, and you can't put it down. Maybe it's a bit slower on the uptake, but you enjoy having something of a habit around the small moments you get to indulge.

From Siddhartha

It is a good thing to experience everything oneself, he thought. As a child I learned that pleasures of the world and riches were not good. I have known it for a long time, but I have only just experienced it. Now I know it not only with my intellect, but with my eyes, with my heart, with my stomach. It is a good thing that I know this.

It is a great thing to experience everything oneself. It is a great thing, too, to experience things with others - friends, family, significant others. You create shared memories, and when one cannot recall a detail or plot point of a story, someone by your side has the finishing touch to complete the picture. That's fucking special. Remember with whom you do this the most, and why you kept those memories alive in the first place.

My brother tells me that you don't need to travel halfway across the globe, live in developing countries, or be a starving artist to build character. To this, I agree. What does it take to build yourself to be a complete person?

To experience everything yourself is a special sentiment, I think. To know something to be so right, so thoroughly convincing that it shakes you down, is a good thing.

By affording yourself the opportunity to live as rightly and healthy as possible, while creating the best version of yourself, you become more aware of a greater happiness mounting within you.

Whither will my path yet lead me? This path is stupid, it goes in spirals, perhaps in circles, but whichever way it goes, I will follow it.

Having seen and done much in the past couple years, I care to share life as I see it and have done it. This is not for any reason besides showing gratitude for a community of friends, family, and supporters, and staying connected. I have started taking from the listserv of fine folks who signed up themselves, and those whom I have shamelessly added because I care not about your lack of email preferences at this time.

Friend and producer Natalie is helping bring to life this awesome, well-integrated platform for watching short films on love in New York City, as well as merchandising a host of products that are able to be clicked and purchased while watching the film. Pepper and Paul. Pretty freaking cool if you like: fashion, NY, love, Swedish entrepreneurial efforts.

Had the opportunity to film the IndieGoGo campaign video, in which they've spliced up a healthy amount of beautiful segments from the short films they are hoping to complete with the success of this campaign:

http://igg.me/p/665137

I'm saying pass on the good word and keep the world alive and kickin', especially for those producing cool shit (!)