5. The Phantom of the Opera
Josh: You want to practice parking?
Cher: What’s the point? Everywhere you go has valet.
Run in the winter, in that calm and peaceful air that reminds you why you run. Because you couldn’t not run. Because not even weather could hold you back.
Pick a book that you loved, a book you hope the recipient will come to love, too, and fill it with Post-It notes or scraps of paper with your notes at your favorite parts.
Answer phones better than anyone else has answered phones before. Relay messages so brilliant, they bring people to tears. Turn the coffee run into the choreography of Swan Lake. Become best friends with every intern and every underling and every taxi driver you encounter.
If your inner child could see you now, they would weep with the virulence of learning that Santa doesn’t exist. While you’re on your daily quest for fiber and regularity, remember that ghost of your innocence and mix it up every once in a while.
23. Respect that there will always be a few things in the fridge that are absolutely and completely off-limits, but share a bottle of wine or a couple beers every now and again in the spirit of friendship.
22. Take a friend’s dog for a walk. Who said working out had to be heart-poundingly difficult?
21. When somebody compares your looks to another person, that other person always has glasses—no matter how little they actually look like you.
Deep-fry cauliflower, slather in barbecue sauce. It’s so simplistic, but so, so good.