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Learn to say ‘no’ without explaining yourself.
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Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson (via ohhhkat)

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Don’t ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who are alive.

Howard Thurman (via hip-)

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Calvin: If people sat outside and looked at the stars each night, I’ll bet they’d live a lot differently.
Hobbes: How so?
Calvin: Well, when you look into infinity, you realize that there are more important things than what people do all day.

Calvin: If people sat outside and looked at the stars each night, I’ll bet they’d live a lot differently.

Hobbes: How so?

Calvin: Well, when you look into infinity, you realize that there are more important things than what people do all day.

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One year on…

Almost coming to the end of my first year as a PhD student. Feels like I have done nothing, that I have just been passing time. Yet, it also feels like I have done quite a bit, I am just not too sure what exactly. But much has changed, and I guess this is what happens when you don’t pay too much attention to everything.

May I learn to change my bicycle tyre when it’s flat, instead of ignoring it, riding on like nothing is wrong; one can only cycle on steel for so long before you set yourself on fire.

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Billy Joel - Vienna

Lately, songs are all I have.

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Virginia Woolf, The Waves

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Cause everything around me’s changed
But the garden that you planted remains

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Oh. You REALLY shouldn't have.

wanderingwonderinglife:

A golden retriever was romping about a meadow, when he met three bunnies. The three bunnies had soft, luxurious white fur, and small patches of black. The dog barked a greeting, and the bunnies, after overcoming their initial fear of an animal larger than themselves, started a playful game of…

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Calvin and Hobbes, what would I do without you?

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How does someone live with so much hatred in the soul? Do you never do anything out of good intentions (whatever this may be, perhaps for once to do something for someone other than yourself. Maybe.)? How can one live with this sort of claustrophobic force that weighs down on you so relentlessly. It is so encompassing, this feeling, so draining and calculated. So, so negative. Still, perhaps it is the easier option to choose than to open your heart to the possibility of loving (anything). Why? Is it fear that stops us from caring for others because we are too afraid of being hurt? Is it experience that makes one jaded to kindness? Is it insecurity that doubts the plausibility that one might be loved? Is it selfishness that makes one believe that love is limited and should be reserved for oneself?
No, no-wait-I think I have got this all wrong; I have got it the wrong way round the entire time—It is not hatred that you live with, it is not hatred by which you live. Of course, not. It is too much love, for yourself. Nothing else matters but yourself. Then, how is it that you are so bitter towards everything? Maybe because it is hard to believe that the world does not love you quite the same way you love yourself?
For the longest time, I told myself to let the positive vibes outweigh the darkness that you bring. For the longest time, I told myself that there must be good in everyone, but sometimes life makes you forget that. For the longest time, I hoped for the best.

And it finally hit me today.

You are the black hole, and nothing, not even light can escape you.
Be careful, for one day, you might swallow yourself whole.

Maybe I will not feel like this about you tomorrow.
Maybe. But today, I need to remind myself.

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Don’t worry

You’ll be more than okay.

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I am starting to appreciate the sunshine. Some days, the skies are blue and the sun is out and I start to feel like this is what Summer should be like. No fear, no rain, no wind, no tears. And then, the dark days come, and there are days of gloom and the sun is introverted, hiding somewhere—come out, come out wherever you are. And that is when I realize how much I take the sun for granted. During winter, no one expects the sun. The cold is all there is. But when it comes to summer—poor sun, it is forced to shine, it is forced to turn up. Yet I have come to realize that it does not have to. Who demanded the sun in June, who told her to shine. Not me not I; still I get disappointed when I check my phone and it is a cloudy day.

Scotland, you have taught me a lot of things but I think I do not thank you enough for teaching me that nature owes me nothing—not even sunshine.

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