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so this is the new year and i don’t feel any different

From Neil Gaiman’s blog:

It’s a New Year and with it comes a fresh opportunity to shape our world.
So this is my wish, a wish for me as much as it is a wish for you: in the world to come, let us be brave – let us walk into the dark without fear, and step into the unknown with smiles on our faces, even if we’re faking them.
And whatever happens to us, whatever we make, whatever we learn, let us take joy in it. We can find joy in the world if it’s joy we’re looking for, we can take joy in the act of creation.
So that is my wish for you, and for me. Bravery and joy.

Bravery and joy.
It’s exactly what I wish for myself as well. Both have eluded me for so long.

Here’s to a brighter year ahead.

Life / Writing

Dark Was the Night

I had a terrible day. We say it all the time.
A fight with the boss, the stomach flu, traffic.
That’s what we describe as terrible when nothing terrible is happening.
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These are the things we beg for. A root canal, an IRS audit, coffee spilled on our clothes.
When the really terrible things happen, we start begging a god we don’t believe in to bring back the little horrors and take away this.
It seems quaint now, doesn’t it?
The flood in the kitchen, the poison oak, the fight that leaves you shaking with rage.
Would it have helped if we could see what else was coming?
Would we have known that those were the best moments of our lives?

– Grey’s Anatomy Season 8, Episode 9 (Dark Was the Night)

France / Writing

“The dream journey of my twenties”

“We have so many personal reasons to travel, and it’s never completely the same every time. Who you’re traveling for, how their reaction will be like to a certain experience, sharing happiness. What you’re traveling for, hoping that the journey will change you, so that upon your return, it’s easier to face whatever you’re running away from. To travel further than anywhere you’ve been to, not just in terms of foreign places, but also the interior of your own beating heart. To know what’s missing from you, what you need to learn, what you are capable of, what you want to do, to be humbled again, to feel awake. Too many reasons, and they’re all compelling.”
— P.H.

Life / Writing

What I Wish For Myself

For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Kazakhstan

Stumbled upon

Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random, conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery– celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from– it’s where you take them to.”
– Jim Jarmusch

Film / Philippines

Yellow bloom


In my opinion, the best thing you can do is find a person who loves you for exactly what you are. Good mood, bad mood, ugly, pretty, handsome, what have you, the right person will still think the sun shines out your ass. That’s the kind of person that’s worth sticking with.
– From Juno

Writing

The Internets

“Understand that the Internet is not life nor does it make a good Second Life. It’s a part of life, but it needs to be in its place.

If you spend a lot of time on the Internet, remember this fact that is already in your subconscious: your life is limited. If your surfing habit does not change, imagine how you would feel looking back on life and seeing all the wasted time in things that mean nothing. The same holds true for video games, especially MMORPGs. Remember, all the loot you get, all the levels you attain, all the quests you complete and kobolds you slay, mean nothing when you log off. However, there is one thing that will change: you will be older than when you started.

— From 8 Things to Reduce Your Stress (A Geek Must-Read)