“If you can’t love yourself, how the hell you gonna love somebody else?” - RuPaul - - - - - - - - - - - “if by a "Liberal" they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people -- their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights, and their civil liberties -- someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad, if that is what they mean by a "Liberal," then I'm proud to say I'm a "Liberal.” - John F. Kennedy - - - - - - - - - - - - “Imagine finding someone you love more than anything in the world, who you would risk your life for but couldn’t marry. And you couldn’t have that special day the way your friends do – you know, wear the ring on your finger and have it mean the same thing as everybody else. Just put yourself in that person’s shoes. It makes me feel sick to my stomach …. When I shared a picture of my tattoo on my Twitter page and said, ‘ALL LOVE is equal,’ a lot of people mocked me – they said, ‘What happened to you? You used to be a Christian girl!’ And I said, ‘Well, if you were a true Christian, you would have your facts straight. Christianity is about love.’ The debate resulted in a lot of threats and hate mail to people who agreed and disagreed with me. At one point I had to say, ‘Dude, everyone lay off.’ Can’t people have friendly debates about sensitive topics without it turning into unnecessary threats?” - Pop star Miley Cyrus on her marriage equality tattoo - - - - - - - - - - -

Friday, May 10, 2013

This Is Water by David Foster Wallace

This video is 9 minutes long, but truly inspirational. If you have some time, I highly recommend watching it.  Bookmark it for another day, share it on Facebook, Pin it, Skype it, do whatever you wish with it, but make sure to watch it sometime in your life.  It doesn't matter if you're in college, high school or an alumni - this video is for everyone.

Author David Foster Wallace was asked to give the commencement address to the 2005 graduating class of Kenyon College. However, the resulting speech didn't become widely known until 3 years later, after his tragic death. It is, without a doubt, some of the best life advice we've ever come across, and perhaps the most simple and elegant explanation of the real value of education.

1 comment:

Ryan said...

Very....true. It's something hard, to not want to kill the fellow citizen that just happens to be in your way after a long day's work, but to choose to think of it as maybe this person's day is much worse than mine instead if just thinking about myself is an alternate and better way to survive a repetitive, mundane life. I choose, after watching this video, to pay more attention to the water around me and not take life for granted by pretending that I'm the only goldfish in the bowl that's suffering through the worst day ever. At the same time, I don't want to be afraid anymore. I don't want to be 80, remember back when I was 28 and regret not standing up for myself, or not saying what I really feel, or not living my life the way I deserve to live it, or not letting others enjoy their life because I'm too busy caring about myself. I have much to learn. I have much to do. I love my life, but I'm not done; I've just barely started. I want to write. I want my partner to be treated like an equal. I want to see the world with him, experience new things, learn new things, and be able to tell the story of my life when I'm 80 and have it last for more than 10 minutes tops. I choose to not be a lifeless robot just living to survive and make it to point B. My choice is to do what I have to get what I need to begin the next incredible journey that is our next 8 wonderful years together. Our adventure begins one paycheck at a time. That is my decision if how I look at it, and it is glorious. I only hope, no, I will be as great a writer as this author was. But if I have any chance I'd better get to sleep, so I can wake up early and get things started off right. This was very beautiful, my love. This video might have helped just chance my life. The power of words is truly amazing.

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