I forgot how much I love to write these, so I’m bringin’ it back. I had have been meaning to blog more of my own thoughts, but writing often can seem like a daunting task. Break it up with a list - that’s better than nothing. And it feels so good to cross things off your to-do list, am I right? Here we go.
Being inspired by things that my friends are working on. Creativity is contagious and invigorating.
Short hair, don’t care.
“Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.” - Andy Warhol
Taylor Swift’s new music video for Shake It Off. Watch it right here.
Being able to check out 25 books at a time from my local library.
Big Brother 16. Mostly Zankie.
Starting small and thinking big.
When I get to see someone’s weird. We are all weird and I think that the world would be better if we showed that a little more. I hope that we all can embrace our weirdness and celebrate it. In doing this, maybe we can eliminate the stigma that weird is bad. Differences are good. Weird is good. And if someone shows you their weird, love them for it.
Getting back into the consistency of fall and the magic that comes with routines that include the upcoming holiday celebrations.
Renting textbooks on Amazon. Actually just Amazon.
“Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding people together, citizens of distant epochs, who never knew one another. Books break the shackles of time.”
“Once we begin to celebrate what our body does rather than obsessing on how it looks, we start to appreciate our body as an instrument rather than an ornament.”
“Courage doesn’t always roar.
Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the
end of the day saying,
“I will try again tomorrow.”
“Sometimes I forget to listen. I forget to let a friend be. To tell their whole story and paint their full heart into the air. I’m too eager to respond with a fix, a solution, a plan. I interrupt the art. I look for a pause to jump in and offer all sorts of articulate banter, when this isn’t what they want. They just want to speak until they’re out of breath, and then meet eyes and feel like they’re okay and understood and not alone. It’s a beautiful thing, and I want to let it happen. I want to let them finish painting in their own words. And then maybe I will understand.”
“We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere. When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant. Wherever men and women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must - at that moment - become the center of the universe.”
One of the most influential books that I’ve ever read was written by him. This quote, like many other excerpts from Night, helps shed light on so many important topics of experience and existence.
“I actually attack the concept of happiness. The idea that - I don’t mind people being happy - but the idea that everything we do is part of the pursuit of happiness seems to me a really dangerous idea and has led to a contemporary disease in Western society, which is fear of sadness. It’s a really odd thing that we’re now seeing people saying “write down 3 things that made you happy today before you go to sleep”, and “cheer up” and “happiness is our birthright” and so on. We’re kind of teaching our kids that happiness is the default position - it’s rubbish. Wholeness is what we ought to be striving for and part of that is sadness, disappointment, frustration, failure; all of those things which make us who we are. Happiness and victory and fulfillment are nice little things that also happen to us, but they don’t teach us much. Everyone says we grow through pain and then as soon as they experience pain they say “Quick! Move on! Cheer up!” I’d like just for a year to have a moratorium on the word “happiness” and to replace it with the word “wholeness”. Ask yourself “is this contributing to my wholeness?” and if you’re having a bad day, it is.”
This quote could change someone’s life.
i. agree. with. every. word.(via avoidingtheinevitable)