“Your spoken words are sweeter than any siren’s song.”
“I can read you like the gulls read the changing winds – like an old sailor reads the horizon.”
“You call it stubbornness, I say endurance. It all boils down to the same thing in the end. I’m still here, aren’t I? “
“I can believe things that are true and things that aren’t true and I can believe things where nobody knows if they’re true or not.
I can believe in Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny and the Beatles and Marilyn Monroe and Elvis and Mister Ed. Listen – I believe that people are perfectable, that knowledge is infinite, that the world is run by secret banking cartels and is visited by aliens on a regular basis, nice ones that look like wrinkled lemurs and bad ones who mutilate cattle and want our water and our women.
I believe that the future sucks and I believe that the future rocks and I believe that one day White Buffalo Woman is going to come back and kick everyone’s ass. I believe that all men are just overgrown boys with deep problems communicating and that the decline in good sex in America is coincident with the decline in drive-in movie theaters from state to state.
I believe that all politicians are unprincipled crooks and I still believe that they are better than the alternative. I believe that California is going to sink into the sea when the big one comes, while Florida is going to dissolve into madness and alligators and toxic waste.
I believe that antibacterial soap is destroying our resistance to dirt and disease so that one day we’ll all be wiped out by the common cold like martians in War of the Worlds.
I believe that the greatest poets of the last century were Edith Sitwell and Don Marquis, that jade is dried dragon sperm, and that thousands of years ago in a former life I was a one-armed Siberian shaman.
I believe that mankind’s destiny lies in the stars. I believe that candy really did taste better when I was a kid, that it’s aerodynamically impossible for a bumble bee to fly, that light is a wave and a particle, that there’s a cat in a box somewhere who’s alive and dead at the same time (although if they don’t ever open the box to feed it it’ll eventually just be two different kinds of dead), and that there are stars in the universe billions of years older than the universe itself.
I believe in a personal god who cares about me and worries and oversees everything I do. I believe in an impersonal god who set the universe in motion and went off to hang with her girlfriends and doesn’t even know that I’m alive. I believe in an empty and godless universe of causal chaos, background noise, and sheer blind luck.
I believe that anyone who says sex is overrated just hasn’t done it properly. I believe that anyone who claims to know what’s going on will lie about the little things too.
I believe in absolute honesty and sensible social lies. I believe in a woman’s right to choose, a baby’s right to live, that while all human life is sacred there’s nothing wrong with the death penalty if you can trust the legal system implicitly, and that no one but a moron would ever trust the legal system.
I believe that life is a game, that life is a cruel joke, and that life is what happens when you’re alive and that you might as well lie back and enjoy it.”
― Neil Gaiman, American Gods
“she was a walking contradiction: wanting so desperately to be alone, yet longing for a hand to hold.”
“A barnacle’s more likely to get up and walk away than I am.”
“She keeps tornadoes in jam-jars under her bed.”
Normally new years resolutions are not my cup of tea, but I’ve decided to give it a whirl and see how well I do. The last stretch of 2012 was somewhat rough – It left me with quite a bit to think about.
I have decided that this year will be a year of self-improvement (even more so than previous years – I think that with every passing day I am slowly evolving into the person I want to be but I want to be making more of a concious effort).
Here’s what I have so far (yes, I am aware of how ambitious this is):
- Eat healthier, more diverse foods (/make time to prepare myself proper vegetarian meals.)
- Spend more time with my family.
- Work on active listening as well as honest/open communication with family and friends.
- Be more aware of my surroundings/people around me. (Consideration, Compassion, Conciousness)
- Speak up instead of keeping quiet.
- Put more time/effort into school work and improving GPA
- Quit my job so I can accomplish the above bullet.
- Read more books (Goal: 30, So far: 4)
- Get in shape.
- Drink less coffee (preferably none, but I’m not going to be too ambitious here)
- Keep my room clean/organized (this also applies to my school notes)
- Put time aside for “me-time” (my ‘ABCs’ as I like to call it – Art, Baths, Cooking.)
- Be concious of speech (minimize profanity, “um, um, like, um, like”, positive wording rather than negative.)
- Volunteer !
- Keep my sketchbook/notebook on me. Try for at least one sketch or written line a day.
- Smile at strangers – hell, even talk to them if they look friendly enough.
- Leave the city for more than two weeks to do something outdoors-y.
- See more plays (Aiming for at least 7)
- Go to the museum instead of thinking about going to the museum (the same goes for slam poetry nights.)
“He played piano beautifully.
She could have stayed and listened to him all night if it had not been for those hands that wandered once the music had stopped, looking to play a different song that she was not willing to sing. “
“Your name will always be safe in my mouth.”