“Let there be spaces in your togetherness, And let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one another but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls. Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup. Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf. Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone, Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music. Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping. For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts. And stand together, yet not too near together: For the pillars of the temple stand apart, And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.”—
i find it strange how people are so engrossed in their appearances, even me. i feel like it’s a waste of time, to do mundane things for reasons of aesthetics. i blame tumblr. it glamorizes the mundane. a lot of the photos i see are of people who are beautiful, but doing everyday things like drinking coffee or sitting on a curb or smoking a joint. but they’re beautiful. and all of their clothes fit well on their respective persons. they make me constantly think about what i’m doing, and how i look, and if what i’m doing would ever be a picture on tumblr (half-kidding about that, but chances are, they probably would).
i guess my thought is we just have to stop doing things simply because they make a great story, or simply because they look good in a picture. do things for the sake of doing them. art for art’s sake. life for life’s sake, i guess.
“The world bursts at the seams with people ready to tell you you’re not good enough. On occasion, some may be correct. But do not do their work for them. Seek any job; ask anyone out; pursue any goal. Don’t take it personally when they say ‘no’ — they may not be smart enough to say ‘yes’.”—Keith Olbermann (via cosive)
This blog is awesome. It just got started, but it’s a blog where some architecture students who traveled the world shotgunned beers in front of architecturally significant monuments. Take a gander and follow them!! They need followers!!
There are only a few posts, but it’s updated daily, and feel free to inquire about submitting your own photos!
And talked to one of my roommates at school next year about how boss freshman year was and how we can never relive it. we made ourselves feel better by getting stoked on our senior year. champaign-urbana will have to deal with the wrath of the Talha Fazal Ahmad-Michal Ojrzanowski-Carlos Hernandez aka epilep[c] crew. we’ve gotta fuck 2 years worth of shit up in one year.
in the words of the prophet raaaaaaaandy: “they not ready.”
“the washington monument is big, and i suppose i could also be classified as impressive or noble or something along those lines; symmetrically presidential might be the ideal term. but what is this 550-foot masonry structure supposed to tell me? what is it supposed to make make understand? am i supposed to specifically think about george washington? because i didn’t. am i supposed to be reminded that i am in the nation’s capital? because i already knew that. am i supposed to feel patriotic? because i don’t understand how an inanimate object has any relationship to how i feel about living in this country. i’ll never understand why people need to see things just so they can say they saw them. my best friend, mr. pancake, always wants me to visit him in arizona so that he can show me the grand canyon, but i know i’ll never go. i mean, i’d love to see mr. pancake, but i have no desire to see the physical manifestation of erosion. the grand canyon is just an attractive accident; it has no inherent meaning. i’d be far more impressed if a collection of civil engineers used dynamite and laser beams to construct a perfect replication of the grand canyon on a one-to-one scale; that would show mankind’s potential to master nature. that would speak to man’s desire to overcome 5 million years of adversity. but what does the washington monument speak to? man’s potential to master concrete? man’s desire to overcome gravity? i really don’t get it. it’s just… tall.”—chuck klosterman, killing yourself to live: 85% of a true story. (via 13000units)
“I cannot count the times I have cursed our lack of urgency. If I ever love again, I will not wait to love as best as I can. We thought we were young and that there would be time to love well sometime in the future. This is a terrible way to think. It is no way to live, to wait to love.”—Dave Eggers, What is the What (via lindsaykap)
I’m going to dedicate each day to getting one (1) monumental task done that I want to get done this summer. Be it finishing up writing letters, touching up my portfolio, getting a chapter done in my novel, donating clothes, reading a lot, or going on an epic bike ride, each day will have its one, singular goal that will be accomplished by the end of the day. Let’s hope this works.