Always being

~ Monday, September 29 ~

Things to worry about:

Worry about courage
Worry about Cleanliness
Worry about efficiency…

Things not to worry about:

Don’t worry about popular opinion…
Don’t worry about the past
Don’t worry about the future
Don’t worry about growing up
Don’t worry about anybody getting ahead of you…

— For F. Scott Fitzgerald’s birthday, his fatherly advice on what to worry vs. not worry about in life – a wonderful letter to his young daughter, Scottie (via explore-blog)

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~ Wednesday, September 24 ~
The real world lives in the comments section (and on Yik Yak)

If you want to see what society actually thinks and looks like, go to the comments sections on the internet.  One of my favorites is my local news Facebook page.  Even without the cover of anonymity that a site like Yik Yak provides, the things people will say in these comments sections is just appalling.  If you’re surprised by things that people say on Yik Yak or on these comments section, it’s not proof that people are horrible on the internet, it’s proof that people, when you see the whole swath of what’s out there, can be really really horrible.

If what they’re saying there shocks you, it’s because your own biases and your own assumptions about what humanity is like, are colored by your own experiences in a nicer world.

Conversely, if you think the world is filled with the worst people in those comments sections, you also need to check your assumptions.  There are plenty of nice, thoughtful, reasonable people on the internet too.  The whole spectrum is there.

And it’s fascinating to me as someone who loves looking at data.

(via jchaseblog)

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~ Wednesday, December 4 ~
Just living is creative. Every decision we make in life is a creative one: sentences we string together, the way we get dressed in the morning. Every movement could be considered dance if you really open your mind to that feminine plane of thought.
— Antony Hegarty in The Guardian in 2010 (via parkavenuearmory)

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~ Wednesday, December 29 ~
"You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it." — Maya Angelou