idk who wouldn’t want that on their blog
this is amazing
I’d like to repeat the advice that I gave you before, in that I think you really should make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt. So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.
If you want to get more out of life, Ron, you must lose your inclination for monotonous security and adopt a helter-skelter style of life that will at first appear to you to be crazy. But once you become accustomed to such a life you will see its full meaning and its incredible beauty. And so, Ron, in short, get out of Salton City and hit the Road. I guarantee you will be very glad you did. But I fear that you will ignore my advice. You think that I am stubborn, but you are even more stubborn than me. You had a wonderful chance on your drive back to see one of the greatest sights on earth, the Grand Canyon, something every American should see at least once in his life. But for some reason incomprehensible to me you wanted nothing but to bolt for home as quickly as possible, right back to the same situation which you see day after day after day. I fear you will follow this same inclination in the future and thus fail to discover all the wonderful things that God has placed around us to discover.
Don’t settle down and sit in one place. Move around, be nomadic, make each day a new horizon. You are still going to live a long time, Ron, and it would be a shame if you did not take the opportunity to revolutionize your life and move into an entirely new realm of experience.
You are wrong if you think Joy emanates only or principally from human relationships. God has placed it all around us. It is in everything and anything we might experience. We just have to have the courage to turn against our habitual lifestyle and engage in unconventional living.
My point is that you do not need me or anyone else around to bring this new kind of light in your life. It is simply waiting out there for you to grasp it, and all you have to do is reach for it. The only person you are fighting is yourself and your stubbornness to engage in new circumstances."
Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild (via quotes-shape-us)
So fucking fed up.
Joaquin Phoenix as ‘Theodore Twombly’ in “Her’ (via annehathawaystits)
Samantha, Her (2013)
Put me in a social setting and I’m fine interacting with those around me.
Put me in a hallway where I’m one of two people and suddenly my shoes or phone become the most interesting thing I’ve ever seen.
I’m not sure at what age I got scared of looking people in the eyes.
Yes, that sentence sounds ridiculous and makes me out to be some incredibly socially awkward person, but I swear I’m not. (Well not too severely at least).
I don’t know when/where that was deemed socially unacceptable. A girl smiling at a boy shouldn’t entail that she is “interested” and a boy smiling at a girl should not make him creepy.
It’s being friendly, and there’s nothing wrong with that.
So challenge of the day: look up from your phone, smile at a stranger
Spring 2013 was a wake-up call.
Regardless of how diligently I had worked, and how many times I had called financial aid to the school I wanted to attend, it wasn’t happening.
And I watched as my peers, who had worked equally as hard as me (maybe harder, who knows), get to go to the schools they wanted.
I, of course, was ecstatic for them because they deserved it - but why did I get shorted?
After all that work I wasn’t going anywhere needless to say I felt a bit cheated.
Now, that doesn’t mean I’m ungrateful because I know college is expensive and it’s not a god-given right and I’m lucky to be going anywhere.
But it was just my first look at how nothing is guaranteed even with a solid work ethic.
Some of the population has what they want handed to them. Some work hard and still earn it. Some work hard and don’t.
Regardless of the means, others successes should not become comparisons to your own successes/failures.
Since spring and college decisions, I suppose I gave up for a bit. Especially when during fall semester, classes and leadership opportunities didn’t come as easily to me as they had in high school. But I’m happy to be where I am and to meet the people I’ve met. I do still wonder what it would have been like elsewhere, but had everything worked out nicely, I may not have been nearly as appreciative.
In part due to the new year and in part to how the semester finished out I’ve reevaluated. I could just sound whiny, but here’s the point:
Maybe life will be ridiculously generous with you. Not to say it hasn’t with me and that I haven’t stumbled upon lots of blessings. But everyone has their struggles to knock them down and while mine may not be as serious as ones others have experienced, they’re what I know. I hope if life keeps handing you lemonade, you enjoy it and recognize it.
Maybe you’ll end up in the boat where you get screwed over at some point (or multiple points). Your coworker who just started gets that promotion because his dad is best friend with the boss, You break your leg before the big championship game and watch your team win without you. You fall in love with someone who says they don’t believe in love, but he/she winds up married nearly a month later (500 Days of Summer, anyone?)
But the thing is to keep going, because someone will recognize your importance and so long as you don’t quit on yourself, you don’t really lose.