“And you know, this thought crossed my mind at the time: maybe chance is a pretty common thing after all. Those kinds of coincidences are happening all around us, all the time, but most of them don’t attract our attention and we just let them go by. It’s like fireworks in the daytime. You might hear a faint sound, but even if you look up at the sky you can’t see a thing. But if we’re really hoping something may come true it may become visible, like a message rising to the surface. Then we’re able to make it out clearly, decipher what it means. And seeing it before us we’re surprised and wonder at how strange things like this can happen. Even though there’s nothing strange about it.”—Haruki Murakami (via bookmania)
I spent the afternoon talking to a friend and doing homework. All of said homework was done by 6:15. Dinner was nice and light. And now I have ten CDs to upload and a new book to read tonight with no homework to interfere. I am quite content.
I think I’ve expected too much of life in recent months. Lately it’s been easier to look at everything I have instead of everything I don’t have. The change in mindset has gradually made me into less of a pessimist. Hooray.
“How often, you wonder, has the direction of your life been shaped by such misunderstandings? How many opportunities have you been denied—or, for that matter, awarded—because someone failed to see you properly? How many friends have you lost, how many have you gained, because they glimpsed some element of your personality that shone through for only an instant, and in circumstances you could never reproduce? An illusion of water shimmering at the far bend of a highway.”—Kevin Brockmeier (via atomos)
Alright, I suppose my least favorite song is Make a Plan to Love Me from Cassadaga. Specifically the backup vocals. “make a plan to love me…” over and over. But even so, there are parts of the song I really like.