Thursday, 23 January 2014

if you never do anything, you never become anyone

an education (2009) is one of my all-time favourite films. it follows jenny (carey mulligan), a sixteen year old teen living in suburban london who hopes to study english at oxford university after her a levels. however, she soon falls for the seemingly worldly david goldman (peter sarsgaard), a man of almost twice her age. 

"i'm going to read what i want, and listen to what i want, and i'm going to look at paintings and watch french films, and i'm gonna talk to people who know lots about lots" - jenny

Sunday, 19 January 2014

oh this is longing // i want to be complete //

listen to this. i heard it first during the closing credits of the film stoker (2013). obsessed. 

"vincent van gogh used to eat yellow paint because he thought it would get the happiness inside him. many people thought he was mad and stupid for doing so because the paint was toxic, never mind that it was obvious that eating paint couldn’t possibly have any direct correlation to one’s happiness, but i never saw that. if you were so unhappy that even the maddest ideas could possibly work, like painting the walls of your internal organs yellow, than you are going to do it. it’s really no different than falling in love or taking drugs. there is a greater risk of getting your heart broken or overdosing, but people still do it everyday because there was always that chance it could make things better. everyone has their yellow paint."

alexandra timmer, awkward at parties

Thursday, 9 January 2014

a good day

"yesterday, i spent 60 dollars on groceries,
took the bus home,
carried both bags with two good arms back to my studio apartment
and cooked myself dinner.
you and i may have different definitions of a good day.
this week, i paid my rent and my credit card bill,
worked 60 hours between my two jobs,
only saw the sun on my cigarette breaks
and slept like a rock.
flossed in the morning,
locked my door,
and remembered to buy eggs.
my mother is proud of me.
it is not the kind of pride she brags about at the golf course.
she doesn’t combat topics like, "my daughter got into yale"
with, "oh yeah, my daughter remembered to buy eggs"
but she is proud.
see, she remembers what came before this.
the weeks where i forgot how to use my muscles,
how i would stay as silent as a thick fog for weeks.
she thought each phone call from an unknown number was the notice of my suicide.
these were the bad days.
my life was a gift that i wanted to return.
my head was a house of leaking faucets and burnt-out lightbulbs.
depression, is a good lover.
so attentive; has this innate way of making everything about you.
and it is easy to forget that your bedroom is not the world,
that the dark shadows your pain casts is not mood-lighting.
it is easier to stay in this abusive relationship than fix the problems it has created.
today, i slept in until 10,
cleaned every dish i own,
fought with the bank,
took care of paperwork.
you and i might have different definitions of adulthood.
i don’t work for salary, i didn’t graduate from college,
but i don’t speak for others anymore,
and i don’t regret anything i can’t genuinely apologise for.
and my mother is proud of me.
i burned down a house of depression,
i painted over murals of greyscale,
and it was hard to rewrite my life into one i wanted to live
but today, i want to live.
i didn’t salivate over sharp knives,
or envy the boy who tossed himself off the Brooklyn bridge.
i just cleaned my bathroom,
did the laundry,
called my brother.
told him, "it was a good day"."

by kait rokowski

(and if you would like to see her reading of this poem click here because
it is beautiful and powerful and i just recommend that you do)

Sunday, 5 January 2014

honey just put your sweet lips on my lips, we should just kiss like real people do

“forgive. forget. fake it. chin up. wear lipstick, make lists, make sure your voicemail isn’t full. mix protein shakes, send timely thank you notes, sip drinks more slowly, stare at adults’ eyebrows, smile without dimples, develop perfect posture. be gracious, be kind, eliminate self-pity. look in the mirror and shift your internal monologue from ‘how do i look?’ to ‘this is my face,’ from ‘what the hell am i doing?’ to ‘this is my life.’ capitalise your emails, read the news, walk briskly, stay focused, and never, ever let on that you are somewhat lost and sometimes lonely and so completely confused (and would someone please just let me know what it is i’m supposed to do next, where exactly i’m supposed to go–). just keep going. go, and do not stop.”

jennifer schaffer, a checklist for the age 19