Things that human beings could do to live the good life

  1. Eat while you are eating
  2. Study when you are studying
  3. Watch TV while you are watching TV
  4. Cook when you are cooking
  5. Say what you are feeling (you don’t get coolness points for not saying what you should be saying, and are thinking, and are feeling so intensely)
  6. When you are on the phone, listen to what the other person is saying and respond to it
  7. If you can’t help someone, say you can’t help them
  8. If you feel like staying in, stay in
  9. Tasks that take less than ten minutes, start and finish immediately. This includes random shit that bugs you, which you can just clarify (“Did I annoy you too much that day?” “Was that insensitive?”)
  10. Text when you are texting, but probably not when you are studying, eating, talking, on the phone or in the middle of an urgent task
  11. Ask for what you want
  12. Accept that people will put themselves first, because they are protecting their interests and their heart
  13. Put yourself (and your friends and family and anyone who contributes to your well-being) first

If you are thinking “well, duh” and “this is intuitive” – great. Oftentimes though, it should be obvious but it isn’t.

From: The girl who eats while she studies, lets the pot boil over when she’s worrying about a term paper due in 24 hours, texts when she reads and reads as she texts, says something and means something else as she’s scared she’ll lose coolness points

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The library

It’s you, your earphones, your notes, printed words. It’s the rustle of paper of the person next to you, just as involved in her music, her squiggles, her rented text.

It’s your love of learning, heightened – expanded.

There will be no movie-like storm-ins, interruptions or revelations here. It’s a quiet buzz that takes you closer to your truest inclination.

On beating the odds

“The law of probability combined with the law of large numbers states that to beat the odds, sometimes you have to repeat an event an increasing number of times in order to get you to the outcome you desire. The more you do, the closer you get. Or, as I explain to Mum, basically, sometimes you just have to keep going.” –The One Plus One, Jojo Moyes

this life.

walk down a hill, watch a balloon fly away, hitch a ride but get lost, there are so many kinds of roses, inspect each and every one until a thorn pricks you, run to the hospital, eat an ice cream, decide you like desert, watch the sun set and the cacti weep, experience sadness for the first time, drive into a dead end, stay there for years, watch the stars as they twinkle and twinkle and strawberry fields and lucy in the sky with…

…go to tiffany’s, get turned down, watch a movie, buy a book, fly a kite, accidentally cut someone off, feel desolate like it’s the end of the world, watch a disaster movie, experience a natural disaster, win and lose and win and lose, always go for ice cream afterwards, look at a rose in water and don’t feel the prick anymore, check your mail for the 377486th time, fail again for the 3646th time, win some he looked so winsome, reread that thread for the 345th time, it fizzles out, change the channel to disney, change it back to 10sports, star movies, rewatch the disaster movie that reminds you of the time you went kite flying, get ready for work, pack your sandwich in a tiffany bag, watch the sun set and the stars twinkle like the last time that feels like only yesterday.