Maybe love is in New York City, already asleep. You are in California, Australia, wide awake. Maybe love is always in the wrong time zone. Maybe love is not ready for you. Maybe you are not ready for love. Maybe love just isn’t the marrying type. Maybe the next time you see love is twenty years after the divorce–love looks older now, but just as beautiful as you remember. Maybe love is only there for a month. Maybe love is there for every firework, every birthday party, every hospital visit.
Maybe love stays. Maybe love can’t. Maybe love shouldn’t.
Love arrives exactly when love is supposed to, and love leaves exactly when love must. When love arrives say, “Welcome, make yourself comfortable.” If love leaves, ask her to leave the door opened behind her. Turn off the music. Listen to the quiet. Whisper, “Thank you for stopping by.”
“I admire those who have every right to despair and be angry, but instead find reasons to laugh and to love. Those who have the courage and audacity to share their light, despite being in the shadow of sadness.”—(via seedeeply)
“And this I believe: that the free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world. And this I would fight for: the freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected. And this I must fight against: any idea, religion, or government which limits or destroys the individual. This is what I am and what I am about.”—John Steinbeck, East of Eden (via youbetyourlife)
“Whoever wants music instead of noise, joy instead of pleasure, soul instead of gold, creative work instead of business, passion instead of foolery, finds no home in this trivial world of ours.”— Hermann Hesse (via thatkindofwoman)
she’s not perfect; no but when we’re lying down on our bed and she fits my limbs so easily when she’s dragging her lips on my neck even in her sleep i guess i’m allowed to boast that she’s pretty damn close
“Travel is like love, mostly because it’s a heightened state of awareness, in which we are mindful, receptive, undimmed by familiarity and ready to be transformed. That is why the best trips, like the best love affairs, never really end.”—Pico Iyer (via tanyaraj)
“Writing and reading fanfiction isn’t just something you do; it’s a way of thinking critically about the media you consume, of being aware of all the implicit assumptions that a canonical work carries with it, and of considering the possibility that those assumptions might not be the only way things have to be. It’s what David Foster Wallace was getting at in his famous speech, ‘This is Water’: ‘Learning how to think…means being conscious and aware enough to choose what you pay attention to and to choose how you construct meaning from experience. Because if you cannot exercise this kind of choice in adult life you will be totally hosed.’ Fanfiction is about exercising this choice. It helps us not to get hosed.”—Anne Jamison, Fic: Why Fanfiction is Taking Over the World. (via professorfangirl)