I read somewhere about someone who used to write down every nice thing that anyone ever said about them. For future reference. To soothe their soul on a Nobody Loves Me day. It could have been a skanky spiral notebook or maybe it was a sexy little Moleskine, coz if they wrote it down on something sexy, well that would just make the sentiment all that sweeter when they re-read it later on.
And they wrote it with a really good pen. Not necessarily expensive but just one that felt so right in your hand, made your handwriting look carefree and light. They didn’t hear good things all that often so they’d had the notebook for years and years, and each compliment took up a whole page.
12.03.2001 Checkout chick at supermarket said Hey did you get your hair done today coz it looks real good!!!
29.10.1993 “That was the best cup of coffee EVER” — my boss
13.09.1997 Random stranger with pink hair gave me their car parking voucher because they were leaving and it still had an hour left on it.
08.07.2002 Mum said, “I like what you’ve done with the garden”.
I might try that for the new year. That way if someone tells me I look like shite or I’m fired or Let’s Be Friends, I Don’t Want To Shag You, I could flip open my notebook and clear my throat and say, “Well I don’t CARE! On the Fifteenth of March a tall guy in red shirt pinched my arse at the pub! I don’t need you!”