the perks of being a wallflower
today after i moved in, we had lunch, and my parents left, i had a whole afternoon to myself.
eventually i found myself in the bookstore. i started and finished the perks of being a wallflower in those few hours. and i didn’t mind that when i returned the book to its shelf and walked out, my mouth was dry from not drinking any water, that i was a little chilly because the sun had gone down a bit and i didn’t have a sweater, or that i suddenly realized i had been really hungry for a while. this kind of reading is rare. when do you ever really get to sit down with a book and finish it undisturbed in one sitting, after a certain age? the kind of reading where you get so into it you ignore your physical needs, like hunger (which i’m usually so attuned to). i walked out in that daze when you reenter your surroundings after having been immersed in something for an extended period of time, like a book or a good movie. everything around you seems a little unreal; all the busy people that pass on the sidewalk are just background noise to the thoughts in your head, instead of the other way around.
and in that moment, i didn’t feel infinite. but i felt pretty at peace with myself.
thank you, penn bookstore, for an empty chair in a sunny spot and a quiet afternoon.
Life of Pi (2012) | He said you had a story that would make me believe in God
just like that, freshman year of college is over and i’m a sophomore. but honestly, i don’t think i buy into that milestones stuff anymore. i remember how worked up i was about becoming a college student, but soon after i actually started school, it was no big deal anymore. just everyday life. as it always is.
so no matter how big a milestone something may seem, it really isn’t anything to make a big deal out of. in the end, we always adapt. and something that might have been a significant change just fades into the rather ordinary present. next time you’re feeling nervous or apprehensive for something, don’t. once it happens, you hardly even notice what you were worried about anyway.
ted mosby, how i met your mother
A New Perspective of the Day: The World’s Smallest Movie
Researchers at IBM have created the world’s smallest stop-motion animation by moving carbon monoxide molecules under a scanning tunneling microscope frame by frame.