Keep looking up.
But I guess ultimately what scares me about marriage is where do you find this person? You know a lot of times, most successful relationships, people meet through work, school, mutual friends. But what’s most interesting to me is when people just meet in life, just randomly. You know, I have a friend, he got married, I asked him like “Hey, uh, where’d you meet your wife?” He was like “I was leaving Bed, Bath & Beyond. I was looking for my car - I drive a gray Prius. I saw a different gray Prius, I thought it was mine, I walked up to it, I realized I had the wrong car, but I bumped into Carol, we started talking, that was that”. That’s unbelievable. Think about all the random factors that had to come together to make this one moment possible - this one moment that changed these two people’s entire lives: First off, this guy has to live in this particular town. Then he has to get a gray Prius. Then he has to need to go to Bed, Bath & Beyond. Then he has to go to that particular Bed, Bath & Beyond. Then there has to be another guy who also lives in town, also drives a gray Prius, also needs to go to Bed, Bath & Beyond, also goes to that particular Bed, Bath & Beyond at around the same time. Then they have to both park somewhat near each other, my friend has to leave before the other guy leaves, see the wrong Prius, think it’s his, walk up to it. Then the woman, Carol, needs to be near the wrong gray Prius for a million other random reasons. They bump into each other, they start talking, their entire lives are changed. That’s the most amazing and terrifying thing about life. It is, cause the amazing thing is that at any moment, any one of us can have that moment that totally changes our lives. You could be leaving the show tonight, bump into someone… it could change your life. You don’t know, that could happen. The terrifying thing is… what if we’re all supposed to be at Bed Bath & Beyond right now?
- Aziz Ansari, Buried Alive (via psych-facts)
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It’s a crazy time to be alive that’s what it is.
I looked at everyone and wondered where they came from, and who they missed, and what they were sorry for.
Jonathan Safron Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (via h-o-r-n-g-r-y)
Who do you miss? What are you sorry for?
Art Assignment 3: Intimate, Indispensable GIF
by George Watson (he/his)
To do my third Art Assignment, the Intimate, Indispensable GIF by Toyin Odutola, I got up at an ungodly hour about four months ago and went up to the highest point of the city to watch the sunrise. The sun was not up yet, though there was already light. It was exciting as it got brighter and brighter and I was waiting for the sun to finally appear on the horizon. First there was this fine red line on the horizon and then the huge fireball emerged. I was in awe of how quickly this powerful sun rose from the edge of my world up into the morning sky, warming up the chilly air more and more with every ray of light.
Why I chose this for my third art assignment? How is this intimate and indispensable to me?
Well, because I fuck up on a daily basis. I make mistakes like it’s a hobby of mine. Why? Because I’m human. But still every time I fail, it cripples and frightens me, and it makes me think that I’m a complete and utter failure. This pain arises from some place deep down inside, especially in these pivotal moments when I just feel like I have to get it right. When I feel like this is the one and only chance I’ll ever get. And if I screw this one up… It takes my breath away. It’s so easy to become overwhelmed by failure. To be powerless and in the darkness for the rest of time scares the everliving shit out of me.
But sometimes, there’s a dim light starting to shine on the horizon. And as it gets brighter and brighter I look up and suddenly it hits me. Sometimes I get a second chance. A new dawn bringing a new day and with it a new beginning, a new chance to get it right: a chance to make it okay. And suddenly this immense feeling of hope fills me when I realize that not all is forsaken, that not every wrong decision I made will lead me on a path of despair where all is lost forever. I suddenly realize that just because I fail, it doesn’t mean I’m a failure; that there is still enough time to try again and maybe succeed.
Then a band of clouds blocks the sun, it suddenly gets a lot darker and colder again, and for a moment I’m afraid that I was just dreaming, that this feeling of hope was just a lie I told myself to make it bearable. These are long, terrifying minutes. The sun rises higher and higher and then it finally transcends the clouds and burns through the sky with a certainty that is so incredibly moving. That moment when you’ve been lost and hurt and suddenly you’re found, when all the tension is released and you’re overcome by an immense relief that just makes you so grateful. After minutes the sun illuminates the whole city and turns it into a sea of light and you just know it’s on. A whole new day has been granted to you filled with possibilities you couldn’t even dream of.
That’s why sunrises are indispensable to me. They remind me time and again that there are second chances, that there is still hope and that even if you screw up today, you just might get a new chance tomorrow. Until the day the sun won’t come up. But until then there is still hope: everyday, everywhere, for all of us.
Also check out my other Art Assignments here.
Tower Bridge - London
( Photography by C.D.K )
Since the TFIOS movie became available On Demand and for digital download and people can now pause and zoom in and stuff, many people have asked who wrote the pages of An Imperial Affliction that appear in the movie.
I did. Executive producer Isaac Klausner asked me to write four pages (the two you see here and the final two pages of the book) for the movie edition of An Imperial Affliction, so I did. In this passage, Anna is recalling intense pain breaking through her high doses of narcotic pain medication.
The book that Hazel reads in the movie is just the four pages I wrote printed over and over again hundreds of times. I have a copy of it in my house; it’s my only souvenir from the movie set.
I just hope that one day—preferably when we’re both blind drunk—we can talk about it.
- J.D. Salinger (via inspirationsreise)
I would like to paint the way a bird sings.
- Claude Monet (via petrichour)
There’s the sort of sincere compassion about fucking up that empathy makes possible […]
- David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest
I’m not totally mad at you. I’m just sad. You’re all locked up in that little world of yours, and when I try knocking on the door, you just sort of look up for a second and go right back inside.
- Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood (via h-o-r-n-g-r-y)