I thought I’d lost all my old gifs when my computer crashed, but I just found an old cache of them online!! Including this one.
mikekeeton asked: You are perfect. You should always shine. Why do you not kick every ass that gets in your way?
Awww, thanks! And maybe you’re right. Maybe it’s not the stress that’s overwhelming me. Maybe it’s just the indecision about which ass to kick first.
- Did not cry, scream or punch a wall
- Smiled almost as much as I frowned
- Made an appointment to get the evil tooth removed
- Talked to my boss about how stressed I am
- Went to the gym for the first time in weeks
Do not observe yourself too much. Do not draw too hasty conclusions from what happens to you; let it simply happen to you. Otherwise you will too easily look with reproach (that is, morally) upon your past, which naturally has its share in all that you are now meeting. But that part of the errors, desires, and longings of your [childhood] which is working in you is not what you remember and condemn. The unusual conditions of a lonely and helpless childhood are so difficult, so complicated, open to so many influences and at the same time so disengaged from all real connections with life that, where a vice enters into it, one may not without more ado simply call it vice. One must be so careful names anyway; it is so often on the name of a misdeed that a life goes to pieces, not the nameless and personal action itself, which was perhaps a perfectly definite necessity of that life and would have been absorbed by it without effort. And the expenditure of energy seems to you so great only because you overvalue victory; it is not the victory that is the “great thing” you think to have done, although you are right in your feeling; the great thing is that there was already something there which you could put in the place of that delusion, something true and real. — Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet (August 12, 1904)
“Learn to love the questions themselves.”—Rilke
I am one of the lucky ones. I managed to turn my history of science and philosophy degree into graduate education in a semi-practical field. I’m not too worried about my employment opportunities once I finish my PhD. But I have friends who are suffering. They are being bounced around between unpaid internships, or desperately sending out resumes, or stuck working in underpaid fast-food jobs when they have master’s degrees. It’s nasty out there, and for baby boomers with secure pensions to shrug their shoulders and say that we should have been more shrewd with our career planning when we were seventeen and there was no recession and everybody was telling us to follow our passions is not just wrong; it’s also insulting. It’s a deliberate attack on unemployed and underemployed young people, aimed at implicating us in our own misfortune and diverting attention away from political choices that are needlessly exacerbating the recession. That this wrong and hurtful narrative has been accepted by the media and political elites is a big, big problem. — Why The Practicality Trolls are Wrong | Earnest and Jest (via brute-reason)
IM CRYING THIS IS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL THING I’VE EVER SEEN
(Source: rogers-and-stark, via bamfpictures)
Creating a life that reflects your values and satisfies your soul is a rare achievement. In a culture that relentlessly promotes avarice and excess as the good life, a person happy doing his own work is usually considered an eccentric, if not a subversive. Ambition is only understood if it’s to rise to the top of some imaginary ladder of success. Someone who takes an undemanding job because it affords him the time to pursue other interests and activities is considered a flake. A person who abandons a career in order to stay home and raise children is considered not to be living up to his potential-as if a job title and salary are the sole measure of human worth. You’ll be told in a hundred ways, some subtle and some not, to keep climbing, and never be satisfied with where you are, who you are, and what you’re doing. There are a million ways to sell yourself out, and I guarantee you’ll hear about them. — Bill Watterson (via mikekarnell)
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