"The pages are still blank, but there is a miraculous feeling of the words being there, written in invisible ink and clamoring to become visible." -Vladimir Nobokov

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

This Is Who I Am Now

"Rules for Self Discovery:
1. What we want most
2. What we think about most
3. How we use our money
4. What we do with our leisure time
5. The company we enjoy
6. Who and what we admire
7. What we laugh at"

-A.W. Tozier

1. Unlimited writing time; that breathless, teary eyed laughter; freedom from unnecessary time-sucks;  creative collaboration; being surrounded by enthusiastic people; travel opportunities; room to explore varied interests

2. Stories; words; dogs; photography; the last podcast episode I listened to; the future; memories of the people I love; Shakespeare; learning to play the mandolin; my to-do list; the last book I read; the universe; faraway places

3. Coffee; chocolate; books; cross-country train tickets; concerts; school supplies; the occasional twirly dress

4. Read; write; watch youtube videos; participate in long conversations; take walks; have impromptu dance parties; go to coffee shops; daydream; sketch; listen to music and podcasts

5. Friends; family; dogs; enthusiastic people; artists; book lovers; travelers; people with a high tolerance for embarrassment; storytellers; perceptive people; knowledgable people; nature; books; silence

6. Anyone who is unapologetic about what they love; perseverance; Shannon Hale; John and Hank Green; people who are experts at something; Emily Graslie; optimism; generosity; anyone who is trying to make a difference for other people; Jad Abumrad; Roman Mars; my best friend; people who are good at time management

7. Goofy faces; puns; my dog; word play; inside jokes; catch phrases; old memories; strangers who do/say weird things