Life is too short to spend it at war with yourself.Unknown (via cultivate-solitude)
Deciding whether or not to trust a person is like deciding whether or not to climb a tree because you might get a wonderful view from the highest branch or you might simply get covered in sap and for this reason many people choose to spend their time alone and indoors where it is harder to get a splinter.Lemony Snicket (via amandaonwriting)
So, I just got back from Florida, and I’ve been working on finishing “Atlas Shrugged” for the past 2 months. The two relate because I’ve travelled back and forth 3x in the past 2 months and each of those 3 hours is devoted to the same task. I call it a task because the book is long and somewhat hard to read. (Mostly because I find myself relating to far too many characters I’d probably prefer I didn’t.)
That being said, today on the plane, a guy asked me if I was reading Ayn Rand’s novel for a class. (Which I must admit, as a thirty-something is sort of flattering, but I digress!) After I replied “no,” he quickly proceeded to give me his personal opinion (“Worst book ever!”) And his critique (“Far too black and white!”) And of course, his very original thought on her character (“You know she’s a huge hypocrite, right?”) When I responded blankly, he tossed his head back in such a righteous, holier-than-thou way, it made me want to defend Ayn Rand’s philosophy to the Nth, and then stab him in the fucking face. (Instead, I simply put my headphones on.) Funny how someone so openly critical is so quick to label black and white thinking.
Now, here’s the thing, I’m a private reader. I don’t share my viewpoints in book clubs. And, I prefer to finish a book before I attempt to discuss it. So, I guess what I’m trying to say is if you see a person reading a book, and you’re trying to impress her with your brilliance, just remember Wikipedia is the same one-click away for everyone!
If this isn’t paradise, tell me, what is? #HomeSweetHome
Wearing the best gift I ever received! 3 people have already asked me what it means. And, when I explained, they were absolutely horrified!