Archive for August, 2009

Ready, Set, Senior Year

Starting senior year in less than 48 hours. Bring it.

Three things I’m really looking forward to, which have mainly just been the result of time and experiences:

  • feeling very comfortable/at home in this place,
  • being very aware of myself, and
  • knowing who the important people in my life really are.

I think I struggle with all these things to some degree each year, and I think I always will, even if just a little bit. But over time, things just…feel better.

One of the things I’ve been meaning to work on is “making the most of things,” as vague as it sounds. (Certainly, it isn’t only limited to senior year, but senior year’s just got me thinking about these things a lot…) I guess what that means for me in particular is something along the lines of being very “present” in what I’m doing, as much of the time as possible. That’s not particularly descriptive, but maybe this helps:

Remember, no matter where you go, there you are.

Earl Mac Rauch

I think I waste a lot of time not really being engaged in what I do, especially in what becomes routine. I know that it’s just the nature of things (people, places, tasks) – when they become routine and regular, we start to look through them instead of at them. But there is personal value and fulfillment in being very “present,” and I think in every situation there’s something to be learned or taken away, even if it might not be blatantly obvious or life-changing. If you’re going to spend your time doing something, or being somewhere, might as well be as engaged and pro-active as possible, yeah?

Along these lines: a friend once told me that in all the things that go badly in life, we always look back to pinpoint the one thing, or set of things, that led to the “downfall,” of sorts. But in the positive things, we rarely ever identify the turning points where things clicked, or the moments when we got lucky and it worked out. Maybe that’s because good things come about from a more complicated sequence of events, and I’m not saying that there aren’t instances where I know I was in the right place at the right time, or made the right set of choices and moves. But I think what she said was right in that there are actually a lot of those moments every day when really good things can/are about to happen, and we just mindlessly overlook them. I guess this year it would be nice to open my eyes enough to know when those moments are happening, and know what to do next.

To senior year, people – cheers.

Time does not change us. It just unfolds us.

Max Frisch

It Might be a Quarter-Life Crisis, or Just the Stirring in my Soul

Why Georgia, by John Mayer. My new ringtone (the first, like, 10 seconds):

Be Sappy

I have a very soft spot for  blatantly cheesy, Faith-Hill-esque country music. So please forgive this mawkish post.  But the song is too pretty, and her voice is too good (I’m not that crazy about the video, but seriously, her voice makes up for everything…).

Embedding doesn’t work, so here is the youtube link.

I offer you peace. I offer you love. I offer you friendship. I see your beauty. I hear your need. I feel your feelings.

Mahatma Gandhi

And Now the Fall Is Here Again

Was pleasantly reminded of this song yesterday, and it’s beyond appropriate 🙂

Summer days are gone too soon
Shoot the moon
Miss completely…

…Now the fall is here again
You can’t begin to give in
It’s all over…

I’m Not Movin’

The Man Who Can’t Be Moved, by The Script. Listen to the words!

Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.

Dr. Seuss

Smile :)

OMG LOOOOOVE this song!  Listen listen listen:

These lyrics are also the sweetest/cutest thing ever:

You’re better then the best
I’m lucky just to linger in your light
Cooler than the flip side of my pillow, that’s right
Completely unaware
Nothing can compare to where you send me,
Lets me know that it’s ok, yeah it’s ok
And the moments where my good times start to fade

You make me smile like the sun
Fall out of bed, sing like a bird
Dizzy in my head, spin like a record
Crazy on a Sunday night
You make me dance like a fool
Forget how to breathe
Shine like gold, buzz like a bee
Just the thought of you can drive me wild
Ohh, you make me smile

Even when you’re gone
Somehow you come along
Just like a flower poking through the sidewalk crack and just like that
You steal away the rain and just like that

You make me smile like the sun
Fall out of bed, sing like bird
Dizzy in my head, spin like a record
Crazy on a Sunday night
You make me dance like a fool
Forget how to breathe
Shine like gold, buzz like a bee
Just the thought of you can drive me wild
Ohh, you make me smile

Don’t know how I lived without you
Cause every time that I get around you
I see the best of me inside your eyes
You make me smile
You make me dance like a fool
Forget how to breathe
Shine like gold, buzz like a bee
Just the thought of you can drive me wild

You make me smile like the sun
Fall out of bed, sing like a bird
Dizzy in my head, spin like a record
Crazy on a Sunday night
You make me dance like a fool
Forget how to breathe
Shine like gold, buzz like a bee
Just the thought of you can drive me wild
Ohh, you make me smile

He who waits for chance may wait for a long time.

Nigerian Proverb

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