“I had the epiphany that laughter was light, and light was laughter, and that this was the secret of the universe.”
― Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch
“I would explain that human love is a combination of three emotions or impulses: desire, vulnerability, and bravery. Desire makes one feel vulnerable, which then requires one to be brave.”
Today is my birthday. Unfortunately I was stuck at work all day, but yesterday I was off work and my family celebrated. We bought sandwiches and had a picnic lunch at one of our favorite spots on top of a mountain. We then went book shopping, or at least I went book shopping. I bought four books. Olive, Again; When Dimples Met Rishi; The Red Tent; and Anne of Green Gables to add to my collection. Then a stop for milkshakes and deep fried Oreos before heading home to watch Monsters Vs Aliens.
It was a really good day. This past year has been tough, I know it’s been tough for almost everyone but there was a lot in my personal life that wasn’t very good and even the good things were tinged with sadness because they couldn’t be celebrated the way they should have been celebrated. So I am glad that we were able to have a good time today.
“You are growing into consciousness, and my wish for you is that you feel no need to constrict yourself to make other people comfortable.”
― Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me
“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”
― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
“And the most terrifying question of all may be just how much horror the human mind can stand and still maintain a wakeful, staring, unrelenting sanity.”
― Stephen King, Pet Sematary