I’ll never get over the feeling of meeting someone who lived through a historical event that I’ve studied extensively. It makes everything I care about feel worthwhile, and mean so much more when you look at the event from just one single individual’s perspective who lived through it. It’s like, if it affected that one person so much, imagine how much it affected masses of people, and in countless different capacities. That’s why I’ll never understand why some people don’t like history, it’s like ignoring the psychological basis that (individually) has formed over the years to make up our society’s subconscious today. You can’t understand a current conflict if you don’t understand where the conflict stemmed from on an individual basis.
In such a pickle. Don’t know if I want to pursue an honors thesis or not for my government major. So much work is involved and I’d like to declare an econ minor this year. My heart says no, you hate sitting around all day in the library alone wracking your brain and my brain says yes, please, this will be such a worthwhile experience.
I hate when people act like knowing random facts about things is weird. Since when is knowing stuff bad? Why can’t I be a 21 year old blonde female that knows random facts about Hitler? WHY isn’t that cool???
You know whats fucking scary? The fact that I could literally change my life at any moment. I could stop talking to everyone that makes me unhappy. I could kiss whoever i want. I could shave my head or get on a plane or take my own life. Nothing is stopping me. The entire world is in my hands, and I have no idea what to do with it.
If you obsess over whether you are making the right decision, you are basically assuming that the universe will reward you for one thing and punish you for another.
The universe has no fixed agenda. Once you make any decision, it works around that decision. There is no right or wrong, only a series of possibilities that shift with each thought, feeling, and action that you experience.
If this sounds too mystical, refer again to the body. Every significant vital sign- body temperature, heart rate, oxygen consumption, hormone level, brain activity, and so on- alters the moment you decide to do anything… decisions are signals telling your body, mind, and environment to move in a certain direction"
— Deepak Chopra, The Book of Secrets: Unlocking the Hidden Dimensions of Your Life (via quotes-shape-us)
I’ve decided the only reason I’d ever want a kid is so that I could teach it cool things, and then do cool things with it.
— Ernest Hemingway (The Sun Also Rises)