My biggest regret ever is losing my virginity on a toilet. I always hoped the first time would be special and romantic, with someone I wanted to spend my life with. I threw all that aside after a few too many Mike’s Hard Lemonades and let some stranger bang me on the toilet.
“We’re all going to die, all of us, what a circus! That alone should make us love each other but it doesn’t. We are terrorized and flattened by trivialities, we are eaten up by nothing. ”—Charles Bukowski (via rosevawdrey)
“The reason people find it so hard to be happy is that they always see the past better than it was, the present worse than it is, and the future less resolved than it will be.”—Marcel Pagnol (via kari-shma)
Psychology Today:What do you think is the most troubling general misconception about introverts?
Dr. Laurie Helgoe:Wow — it’s hard to choose. I am very troubled by the tendency to define introverts by what they lack. Introversion is a preference, not a fallback plan. Introverts like being introverts. We are drawn to ideas, we are passionate observers, and for us, solitude is rich and generative. Think of all that goes on in the playground of solitude: daydreaming, reading, composing, meditating — and just being, writing, calculating, fantasizing, thinking, praying, theorizing, imagining, drawing/painting/sculpting, inventing, researching, reflecting. You get the idea.
There should be a way to block ask replies. There are a lot of blogs out there that are great most of the time, but then they go on these crazy ask reply binges and it’s really annoying because, you know, if we’re being honest here, I don’t give a fuck about other people’s conversations. I don’t like unfollowing people just because they hit that “publish” button a little too much, especially if their blog is really pretty great.
“I think the act of reading imbues the reader with a sensitivity toward the outside world that people who don’t read can sometimes lack. I know it seems like a contradiction in terms; after all reading is such a solitary, internalizing act that it appears to represent a disengagement from day-to-day life. But reading, and particularly the reading of fiction, encourages us to view the world in new and challenging ways…It allows us to inhabit the consciousness of another which is a precursor to empathy, and empathy is, for me, one of the marks of a decent human being.”—