Pablo Neruda, The Essential Neruda: Selected Poems // @sunsbleeding // Anaïs Nin, from Henry & June; A Journal of Love: The Unexpurgated Diary of Anaïs Nin (1932–1934) // Kailah Figueroa, from “june 4th, new york city,” published in Homology Lit
1K notes · View notes
on life, death, and the color green
the green knight (2021) // annihilation (2018)
1K notes · View notes
Don’t Tell Anyone, Tony Hoagland // Automat, Edward Hopper // A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini // Office in a Small City, Edward Hopper // Down Here, Ada Limon
610 notes · View notes
Many people are good to me. Many hate me. But there are some out there who know that I'm truly some kind of simple soul caught in a wild gamble. They know me. They know that I sit between these walls. They know I've been burned. And that I still laugh.
260 notes · View notes
“I want to live the rest of my life, however long or short, with as much sweetness as I can decently manage, loving all the people I love, and doing as much as I can of the work I still have to do. I am going to write fire until it comes out my ears, my eyes, my noseholes—everywhere. Until it’s every breath I breathe. I’m going to go out like a fucking meteor!”
— Audre Lorde, from “A Burst of Light: Living with Cancer” in The Selected Works of Audre Lorde
154 notes · View notes
It is often said that before you die your life passes before your eyes. It is in fact true. It's called living.
Terry Pratchett, The Last Continent
97 notes · View notes
Virginia Woolf, The Waves
196 notes · View notes
Spribille describes lichens as the most "extroverted" of all symbioses. Yet it is no longer possible to conceive of any organism— humans included— as distinct from the microbial communities they share a body with. The biological identity of most organisms can't be pried apart from the life of their microbial symbionts. The word ecology has its roots in the Greek word oikos, meaning "house," "household," or "dwelling place." Our bodies, like those of all other organisms, are dwelling places. Life is nested biomes all the way down.
Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds, & Shape Our Futures by Merlin Sheldrake
146 notes · View notes
fuck it, I’m gonna say it anyway.
i think emotional judgements- is the glass half-full or half-empty? are you a survivor or a victim? are you an optimist or pessimist? - are tools. they’re not, like, truths about the nature of the universe, they’re more like a filter you can put over the objective facts of reality and draw out different parts of the picture.
positive emotional judgements can help you move forward with something new, keep things the way you like them, or look past the bad qualities of something you like. negative emotional judgements help you stay back, change things that are horrible, or keep you safe from things that can hurt you.
you should not, as a rule, only make one kind of emotional judgement. it’s easier to make some kinds than others - most people skew a little more optimistic or pessimistic. but it’s useful to be able to step back and look at things optimistically and pessimistically, idealistically and cynically, empathetically and utilitarianishly.
if you find yourself consistently unable to make certain kinds, you may be missing some tools from your toolkit. the obvious example: if you’re finding yourself unable to find any sign of goodness or happiness in the world, you may have depression. a less obvious example: if you’re finding yourself unable to get angry with anyone, laughing off things that really hurt you- you may need to practice being able to be angry in a safe, controlled space about things that don’t really matter, so that you have that tool when you need it.
331 notes · View notes
I mean, in a way you never have a reason to be ashamed. Either you are incompetent in that adult stuff of cooking, washing, car driving, which means you had really good loving caretakers that spoiled you rotten - what is there to be ashamed of? Should you be ashamed of the love and care they gave you? Of the amazing rare privilege of having something not everyone can afford?
Or you are hyper competent and independent, ready to adult. Great.
Either way, nothing to be ashamed of.
15 notes · View notes
Hellooooooo ! How is your day ?
I'd like to have your opinion and the nonny's on something.
I am a French girl who love travelling and I already went to several countries. Every people I've talk to said to me that they really want to live or even visit France. I don't understand that because I know for a fact that French people are absolutely rude, they don't respect nature, hygiene and even other French people. Even with that fact aside, France isn't particularly a beautiful country, I went to every region and the results was the same. I talked about this with my friends and family and where my friends agree with me, my family thinks that I'm crazy. So I don't really know.
What do you think ? I'm genuinely interested in everyone's opinion
Ah, well, I think it's just the novelty of wanting to go somewhere else, honestly. I mean, don't you get excited going somewhere new? My aunt went to France for a week and thought it was amazing, and I've always wanted to go too!
Though as someone who lives around French Canadians.... aaaahhhhh yeah, Québecois are rude too, LOL. I'm French Canadian, and I'm a rude bitch, LOL. I think it is a French thing lol.
But honesty, I think it's just people wanting to go somewhere else, especially after being stuck in the same country for nearly 2 years, hahah. And we shouldn't discourage people from wanting to enjoy those things <3 Yeah, as a native you may not like the country because you know the inner workings, but holidays for people are exactly that – an escape from their own lives.
That's my thoughts anyway, lol.
17 notes · View notes
“Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and being alone won't either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You have to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes too near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself that you tasted as many as you could”.
― Louise Erdrich
― How are you going to spend your life?
― I'm not sure, but I do know, I'm going to live every minute of it.
1. mary oliver, invitation
3. louise erdrich, the painted drum
4. yumi sakugawa
5. charles bukowski, let it enfold you
6. soul (2020), dir. by pete docter & kemp powers
9 notes · View notes
Embrace traditional skills. Create communities. Be self sufficient as possible. Prepare for disaster and keep hope.
6 notes · View notes
sometimes life is tumultuous rage and grief and I am drowning/there is no sign of land/you are coming down with me/hand in unlovable hand/and i hope you die/i hope we both die
and other times life is blossoming joy and connection and home is where you've called my name/I've gone as far as the eye can blame/you said love may have lost its way
3 notes · View notes
“To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never to forget.”
― Arundhati Roy, The Cost of Living
98 notes · View notes
The whole of life is just like watching a flick, he thought. Only it's as though you always get in ten minutes after the big picture has started, and no-one will tell you the plot, so you have to work it out all yourself from the clues.
Terry Pratchett, Moving Pictures
52 notes · View notes
Anna Swir, from A Book of Luminous Things: An International Anthology of Poetry, “Poetry Reading,” tr. by Czeslaw Milosz and Leonard Nathan
490 notes · View notes
so I was just lah-dee-dahing on Instagram when I saw I got a DM. I went to check it and it turns out that it was from this girl I knew in elementary and middle school. she was a grade ahead of me and I remember her not liking me, but I didn’t understand why. but she sent me this message, which for privacy reasons I’m not going to share, but basically she apologized for bullying me at school and said that she didn’t expect forgiveness or even a response; she just wanted to clean up her side of the street.
here’s the thing: I don’t even remember that.
all I remember is her not liking me and wondering why, but I don’t even remember her actually bullying me at any point. I remember a lot of the bullies I had growing up—and there were a LOT—but not her.
anyway, I wrote back saying that I barely even remembered any of it and that I hope she’s doing well (I already knew she’d been through a lot).
but it’s weird. sometimes you suddenly get confronted with bits of your past that you barely remember but someone holds onto and thinks about nonstop. we haven’t seen each other in seven years. and yet she still remembers and reached out to apologize out of the blue.
life is just so strange like that sometimes.
7 notes · View notes
so @argumate reminded me of a post I wanted to make:
The interesting thing about Among Us is that in a vaccuum people are generally good at guessing who the impostor is even without any proof. I’d guess that on average it’s probably a 60/40 split between “someone guesses who the impostor is because of a bad vibe and they’re right”/”someone guesses based on a bad vibe and they’re wrong”.
...in a vaccuum.
When you get an impostor who’s good at manipulating people, and who’s good at imitating the way people who are innocent talk, that number flips, to something like 30/70. Because the impostor takes advantage of that- makes accusations, with nothing more than a bad vibe as proof, or even provides “proof” that is sketch at best.
it’s interesting to watch. I don’t know how many assumptions on human nature you can really make in the context of a deception game (where someone might give themselves up because they’ve played the impostor 10x in a row and are sick of it, say)...
But it lines up pretty well with some of the behaviour I’ve seen from abusive folks.
209 notes · View notes