Sunday, November 12, 2017
- Sometimes I think I just forget to let myself live my life.
- For some of us, the people we think we should be might not (ever) exist.
- Life is an illusion so real that it’s inescapable. We don’t even realize we’re living in one. And even when we do, it takes nothing short of a lifetime to know how to stop—to know whether we even want to.
- I’m grateful that I can afford to want something for the experience that it has to offer and not for the necessity that it provides.
- We’re so inconsistent all the time that sometimes I hold on to a thought for at least a couple months just to see if I still believe in it after so much time has passed and so many things could’ve potentially caused me to change my mind. But then I realize that inconsistency is a sign of growth, so I decide to wipe the slate clean for a new day and new thoughts. Fresh thoughts.
- Eloquence is not a gift; it is a disguise. Sometimes it masks the cryptic messages that we mean but refrain from expressing. It elicits a roll of the eyes to draw away from the revelations, the truth, the rawness of being open and unguarded—of being vulnerable and exposed.
- I don’t do things so that I can tell other people about them or say that I did them. Life is too short to do something and not mean it or find meaning in it.
- My writing is driven by my mood, and that is the biggest reason why I don’t plan on making it my profession. I wouldn’t want to risk not being in the mood for years at a time... Then what?
Monday, November 13, 2017
- Sometimes when I feel my eyes begin to water, it’s not grief that I’m overcome with. It’s relief in knowing that I’m still present enough in my own life and attached enough to my own emotions to feel them. I’ve always thought that feeling is the one true indication of being more than just a breathing phantom and a beating pulse because it exposes the sensuousness of being perhaps not well but at least truly alive.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
- Defiance and nonconformity often happen in silence, in imagination. Sometimes they are so discreet that they’re mistaken for inaction and protest of the spiritless kind.
- How often do we look out a window unseeingly or live our lives without knowing what exactly we’ve been living? Too often.
- My fear of being inspired is likely due to the curse of familiarity, but it’s allowed me to give genuine advice. Now I say “don’t be afraid to be inspired, to be moved, to lose the semblance of control that a lot of us think we have over our thoughts and our feelings when we probably never, ever truly did. Or will...”
- I don’t think there’s a single thought in my mind that is entirely my own, but now I’m learning to accept that it is neither the workings of corruption nor manipulation. It is simply because the subjects from which we derive our perceptions are not usually created by us. We are only made to think that they are.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
- Living life is a lesson in itself. I don’t blame us for worrying that we could potentially live an entire lifetime without actually having lived deliberately or having lived at all.
- I don’t believe that distinction and recognition are the equivalent to success and achievement. I also don’t believe that success necessarily has to be identified as an outcome. What if a successful life is not about what we accomplish but rather how we are living it?
- It’s not enough to criticize society and to recognize its flaws. Any one of us can do that, but it may not take us far or lead to anywhere. The hard part is to know what society looks like without the mask that it hides behind and choose to believe in it still—to believe that we can still do our part to help it towards a better direction—that good can still come from it. Nonconformity is not as simple as we’ve made it out to be. Right now, it is dormant and inactive. It is merely a state of being. But it can be more. It can be an inspiring act that leads to more than just an expression of noncompliance.
Thursday, November 16, 2017
- Don’t turn a moment into a memory thinking you’ll remember it because it will either be better or worse than the way it had happened, but it’ll never be the same. It’ll never be as real as when you first experienced it. Feelings can never be “re-felt,” so I’ve learned to appreciate every chance that I get to feel them. I know now that once they’re gone, they’re gone forever.
Friday, November 17, 2017
- As strange and twisted as this might sound, sadness is comforting when happiness gets to be a bit too unfamiliar because it’s easy to feel sad. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if we were all pretty well-practiced. Some people are even used to it. Contrastingly, it is not so easy to embrace happiness because we have to be strong enough to accept the full and unrestrained force of it. We actually have to let it in to feel it. I guess what I mean to say is that sadness can be felt at a distance and without any effort on our part, but happiness can only be felt in close proximity when we want to feel it.
- Life is too short to suffer when you don’t have to.
Saturday, November 18, 2017
- Maybe some things have explanations that we can’t understand, and it terrifies us so much that we try to explain them away. Or in the least, we make sure that such explanations can never be found.
- Sometimes we try so hard to hold on to people that we don’t realize we’ve already lost them.
- It’s easy for us to become lost when we think we know what we’re looking for. Oftentimes we end up not seeing at all. We miss the signs, and we miss the chances to discover what has always been there, cooly hidden in plain sight.
- Imagination is never entirely baseless because it alludes to a reality that exists within us.