Mornings when I put off opening the laptop for several hours almost invariably result in better days for me than the ones (usually on the road) when I wake up and PLUG INTO THE FUCKIN MATRIX HERE WE GO and then irritate myself with news of all the terrible people doing and saying terrible things that I can’t do a damn thing about anyway. Do I stay engaged enough with the news cycle to know about what’s going on? Of course; I care. Do I have to know every last hateful thing about all the hateful people? No, of course not - I don’t need all that stuff inside me. I only need to know enough to figure out what positive change I might be able to help effect.
Again, this isn’t advice. I’m not qualified to give advice. (If I write good songs that help people, that’s rad, but it no more qualifies me to give advice than a good carpenter’s table qualifies him to tell me how to deal with anger.) I’m just reporting what works for me: keep an umbilical connection to the outside world - trees, light, solid ground; avoid obsessive behavior; seek the delightful, shun the hateful. My son taught me this last one. He is a philosopher.
We really, really need this right now, guys.
This is making me take a long hard look at myself.
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Just thinking about a conversation I was having with a student about snakes and she was describing a snake and I asked “kinda like the one Britney Spears danced with?” and she just stared blankly. My life has turned into a buzzfeed list of things that make you feel old.
I don’t know why I was afraid of teenagers, they’re adorable! :3 Choir kids are the best. A handful of students personally introduced themselves and chatted with me and one kid told me I was a ‘very beautiful woman’. haha.
If there is any hand-wringing about selfie culture, it should also include the ‘curated’ shots where there is another person employed to take their picture while they casually read Kinfolk at a coffeeshop with bodega flowers resting on the table, using a DSLR, uploaded to a computer, edited, and posted to instagram as if that was just a candid shot of a normal Saturday morning. What’s more vain, that or me taking 10 seconds to show my friends what my face looks like today?
The listicles that are all “(n) things only [insert personality trait/interest/occupation/location] people will understand” have gone too far. I just saw one called “18 Struggles of Having an Outgoing Personality but Actually Being Shy and Introverted”. That just sounds like a regular person?