And to be inspired by your friends means to grow in response to their growth. You must recognize the challenges they take on and then take on your own. Good friends teach you lessons with good talks, but even more so by their example.
Barrett, who is a friend I respond to in just this manner. This sort of goes along with what I said on Monday. Being around the right people are critical. One thing I try to eliminate in my life are people who refuse to grow or change or learn. And there are many of them. There is this idea, that you can’t work hard in your twenties and it is bullshit and everyone I know, regardless of what they are pursuing, don’t think like that. (via britticisms)
I think everything in life is art. What you do. How you dress. The way you love someone, and how you talk. Your smile and your personality. What you believe in, and all your dreams. The way you drink your tea. How you decorate your home. Or party. Your grocery list. The food you make. How your writing looks. And the way you feel. Life is art.
I’m quite convinced that the only way to understand life - or at least my life - is to wrestle with your likes and dislikes, with your anger and all the contradictions inside you. No one will ever convince me that there is any other way.
Francoise Sagan in Nightbird
Thinking about this a lot as it relates to becoming the “person you want to be” versus the “person you will end up being.” I’ve always made this a space of what I love and what I don’t understand, but I’m also interested in the things I hate and why I hate them and whether this hatred is valid or if it holds me back from being the person I want to be.
n adjective relating to the theory of the English economist Thomas Malthus (1766–1834), that without the practice of ‘moral restraint’ the population tends to increase at a greater rate than its means of subsistence, resulting in the population checks of war, famine, and epidemic.
n noun an adherent of Malthus.