I think people deceive themselves about themselves

"I have waited for this opportunity for more than half a century, to repeat to you once again my vow of eternal fidelity and everlasting love."

smiling with you is the most fulfilling part of my life

And it is no coincidence that tonight, out of all nights, all I can think of is you.

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12 Life Lessons You Can Learn From Jane Austen

By Bill Deresiewicz

Sometimes I feel like everything I know about life I learned by reading Jane Austen. The funny thing is, I never wanted to read her in the first place. I was 26, a pompous young graduate student who preferred to associate himself with the big, masculine modernist heroes: James Joyce, Joseph Conrad, Ernest Hemingway, Vladimir Nabokov. Jane Austen? She was for girls. But when I had to read her for a course, I found out what an idiot I had been. Not just about her, I mean, but about everything. In other words, how much I had to learn about life. So I let her teach me. In A Jane Austen Education: How Six Novels Taught Me About Love, Friendship, and the Things That Really Matter, I talk about the lessons I learned and how I learned them. Here’s a sample of her wisdom:

  1. You aren’t nearly as special as you think. (from “Emma”)
    You may walk around like the heroine of your very own novel, but you’re no better than any of the minor characters. You know—those dull, ordinary, conventional people you’re forced to be surrounded by. Take a good look at them: that’s you.

  2. Gossip is the highest form of wisdom. (from “Emma”)
    The most important things in life are the small, trivial, everyday events, the little moments of feeling, that people like to gab about. That’s what the fabric of our years really consists of. That is what life is truly about.

  3. Humiliation is the fastest way of growing up. (from “Pride and Prejudice”)
    You’re not as wonderful as your mama told you, and the way to grow up is to realize that. Growing up, in other words, means making mistakes. Only it’s not enough to make mistakes: you have to feel them. Those moments of excruciating shame when you really screw up? Cherish them

  4. Your feelings are not necessarily right. (from “Pride and Prejudice”)
    Feelings are always about something, and that “something” is not itself a feeling. It’s an idea, a perception of a situation. And because ideas can be wrong, the feelings that are based on them can also be wrong. So relax a little bit.

  5. Don’t believe everything you think. (from “Northanger Abbey”)
    We do not come to things with open minds, we come with all the ideas we’ve already acquired, and we can’t wait to project them onto everything we encounter. Instead of discovering the truth, we end up with a very elaborate theory that bears no relationship to what’s actually going on in front of us.

  6. Keeping your eyes open is the best way of staying young. (from “Northanger Abbey”)
    Forget Botox. Staying young means continuing to be open to the possibility that life can take you by surprise. Curiosity is the true source of joy. If you think you’ve already seen it all, you have.

  7. Too much money makes you miserable. (from “Mansfield Park”)
    Being able to get whatever you want makes you awfully unhappy when you can’t get what you want. And if everything is easy, then nothing really matters. The only people who can feel are those who have a sense of what it means to do without.

  8. Listening to people’s stories is the nicest thing you can do for them. (from “Mansfield Park”)
    A person’s story is the most personal thing about them, and paying attention to it is just about the most important thing you can do. Our stories are what make us human, and listening to someone else’s stories—entering into their feelings, validating their experiences—is the highest way of acknowledging their humanity.

  9. Friends tell friends when they’re screwing up. (from “Persuasion”)
    The true friend wants you to be happy, but being happy and feeling good about yourself are not the same thing. Being happy means becoming a better person, and becoming a better person means having your mistakes pointed out to you in a way you can’t ignore

  10. Men and women can be friends, because the sex thing doesn’t always get in the way. (from “Persuasion”)
    Harry and Sally were wrong. Men and women can talk to each other, sympathize with each other, even share their intimate thoughts and feelings with each other, without having to be attracted to each other. Men and women can be equals, so men and women can be friends.

  11. Love is never at first sight. (from “Sense and Sensibility”)
    Lust at first sight, a whole train of fantasies and projections at first sight—sure. But to love someone, you have to get to know their character, not just their body, and that takes time. True love sneaks up on you. You never see it coming until it’s already there.

  12. Arguing is the best thing about being married. (from “Sense and Sensibility”)
    If your spouse is already just like you, then neither one of you has anywhere to go. A friction-free relationship would be a desert. Conflict is good; disagreements are good; even fights can be good. Committing yourself to someone doesn’t have to limit your growth: it can be the door to perpetual growth. 

(Source: The Huffington Post)

Why would someone want to eat this?

Why would someone want to eat this?

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Bed by Metrofarm

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Bed by Metrofarm

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How to Fire Up U.S. Innovation

We live scared

We live scared of ourselves.
We live scared of strangers.
We live scared of what we think,
Of what others think.

We live scared of expectations and failure.
We live scared of success.
We live scared of support.
We live scared of being challenged.
We live scared of being,
Of being different and being the same,
Of being unique and being weird,
Of being remembered and being forgotten.

We live scared of surprises and miscalculations,
Of being wrong and being right.
We live scared of routine and spontaneity,
Of being bored and having fun.
We live scared of making decisions and taking risks,
Of regretting,
We live scared of our future and of our past.
Of the good and the bad things we’ve done,

We live scared of rejection.
Of being first and being last.
Of perfection and imperfection.
We live scared of reality.
We live scared of our dreams. 

We live scared of alcohol and tobacco,
Of having control and losing control.
We live scared of responsibility.
We live scared of dependence and independence.

We live scared of hurting and being hurt.
We live scared of opening up,
Of being vulnerable,
Of being lonely.
We live scared of someone getting to know us better than ourselves.
We live scared of crying and laughing,
Of letting go,
Of losing composure. 

We live scared of secrets.
We live scared of the truth. 
We live scared of being loved.
We live scared of loving.