Saturday, October 25, 2008

I'm sitting here refreshing my inbox.

Like a cliche ending to a movie or some cheesy book you're reading, she's the girl that ends up with the guy. It doesn't matter exactly who she is, they're all the same. The girl who wins in the end. Watching the movie or reading the book, you picture yourself as the girl coming out on top. The one who wins his heart, gets the dream job, and lives happily ever after. You think, "One day, that will be me." But what happens to the girl that doesn't end up with the guy, loses the job, and lives every day wondering what she did wrong? Where does she end up? Does she ever find love? Does she ever learn where in life she belongs? And more to the point, what do you do when you find out you're that girl?

The infinite possibilites each day holds should stagger the mind. The sheer number of experiences I could have is uncountable, breathtaking, and I'm sitting here refreshing my inbox.

We live trapped in loops, reliving a few days over and over, and we envision only a handful of paths laid out ahead of us. We see the same things each day, we respond the same way, we think the same thoughts, each day a slight variation on the last, every moment smoothly following the gentle curves of societal norms. We act like if we just get through today, tomorrow our dreams will come back to us.

"There are worse things than looking stupid. Sleeping through life is one of them."
--Laura Preble

"Life's greatest comfort is being able to look over your shoulder and see people worse off, waiting in line behind you."

"Some people are just born human. The rest of us, we take a lifetime to get there."
--Chuck Palahniuk

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