On Materialism

16 07 2013

here and loathing

tumblr_lz8ihx8xY91qd9227o1_500Image: Alejandro Diaz, 2012

Happiness is not a feeling– it is a state of being, a certain fleeting content.

When holding a physical thing, such as a book or an old wooden bowl, I can remember exactly where I was when I picked it up for the first time. A summer-hot-and-musty-smelling used book store on 4th Ave. An antique shop on the east side of town, between the second and third shoulder-height metal shelved aisles. Holding something new for the first time induces a chemical bonding; a magnetic pulse spreads from my fingertips into my heart and I feel compelled to take whatever that thing is that I’m touching home. A telephone table, a new LP. In that moment, is it happiness? No. It is excitement. An item’s potential is what drives me to continue buying things– I can play this musical instrument for hours and create music! I can…

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Sometimes The Best Thing To Do Is Nothing

15 07 2013

Thought Catalog

Sometimes the best thing we can do for ourselves… is nothing at all. Initially, at least.  It takes some real mastery of self-control, but it’s well worth it in the end. Sometimes we can go to bed and wake up the next day and things just look completely different. Give it a week, a month, a year, and all of a sudden things aren’t so bad. We won’t react to them the way we would have when they initially happened. And besides, by that point, we’ve usually filled our minds with other worries and irrational concerns. It’s really a never-ending cycle we put ourselves through.

You just shouldn’t make any decisions immediately after something profound happens in your life. We have this mechanism of self where we want to mediate our feelings and do whatever will make us feel better initially. But that doesn’t always mean something that we’ll be happy…

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25 Wise, Philosophical Quotes From Disney Movies

15 07 2013

Thought Catalog

The flower that blooms in adversity is the rarest and most beautiful of all. The Emperor of China,Mulan
You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. Christopher Robin, Winnie The Pooh
Listen to me. The human world is a mess. Sebastian, The Little Mermaid
Always let your conscience be your guide. Pinocchio, Pinocchio
You know that place between sleep and awake? That place where you still remember dreaming? That’s where I’ll always love you… That’s where I’ll be waiting. Tinkerbell, Peter Pan
Oh yes, the past can hurt. But from the way I see it, you can either run from it, or… learn from it. Rafiki, Lion King
So this is love, So this is what makes life divine. Cinderella, Cinderella
All at once everything looks different, now that I see you. Rapunzel, Tangled
The water’s always changing, always flowing But people…

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8 Things It’s Time To Stop Waiting For

15 07 2013

Thought Catalog

1. For someone to finally change their mind. You may be waiting forever. Figure out how to move on without them. If they come around, great. But if not, you’ll have a plan regardless.

2. For the day that someone will come along and you immediately “just know” that they are the one for you. That may happen, but more often, love doesn’t look like that.

3. For the day you are X pounds lighter, X pounds of muscle heavier, can fit into those jeans, have the body like so-and-so, etc. If you’re not good enough for yourself now you never will be.

4. For the day you make more money. It’s really about living within your means. Learn to do that at any salary, and you’ll be set. (Disclaimer: this does not apply to people suffering in poverty, etc.).

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My Leukemia Relapsed When I Was 19

15 07 2013

Thought Catalog

“You have leukemia.” The doctor says.

The words don’t have time to sink in before you’re whisked away to the corner room on the north wing of the fourth floor of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. You’re fifteen, and those words are never really going to sink in. You’re mother is at your side, and she’s holding your hand and she’s crying harder than you are. The words have sunk in for her. Not you.

“You have leukemia.” The doctor says.

The Google search tells you that it’s a blood cancer. The Wikipedia page tells you that in the year 2000, it killed 209,000 people. The doctor tells you not to do a Google search.

“Leukemia.” The doctor says.

With each time you hear him say it, with each nurse and family member and friend that comes into the room, the word echoes louder. “Leukemia?” They’ll ask. “Leukemia.” They’ll…

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Sadness Is Just Part Of The Story

15 07 2013

Thought Catalog

We’re always running and hiding from anything and everything that isn’t joyous and wonderful, and I think that’s where a lot of our pain stems from. We struggle to let go because doing so isn’t exactly pleasant. We can’t move on because it’s not what makes us happy in that moment, even though we know its what we have to do for the long term.

It’s as though we’d rather make ourselves suffer for years than have sadness just be part of our story. It sounds depressing, but its not. It’s just the acceptance of something terrible or heartbreaking happening and letting it just be that. Not trying to make it “better” or justify it, but just letting it be.

Running from the sadness is what will exhaust you, not feeling it. Because it will come and go throughout your entire life. You have to learn to ride the wave…

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