When you are old and grey and full of sleep,
And nodding by the fire, take down this book,
And slowly read, and dream of the soft look,
Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep;

How many loved your moments of glad grace,
And loved your beauty with love false or true,
But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you,
And loved the sorrows of your changing face;

And bending down beside the glowing bars,
Murmur, a little sadly, how Love fled
And paces upon the mountains overhead
And hid his face amid a crowd of stars.

— W. B. Yeats, The Rose


emotionally manipulative things you should never say to people:

  • "i would kill myself without you"
  • "everyone leaves me, don’t leave me like they did"
  • basically anything that guilts the other person into staying in a relationship with you

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Many years ago I visited the chief investment officer of a large financial firm, who told me that he had just invested some tens of millions of dollars in the stock of Ford Motor Company. When I asked how he had made that decision, he replied that he had recently attended an automobile show and had been impressed. “Boy, do they know how to make a car!” was his explanation … The question that the executive faced (should I invest in Ford stock?) was difficult, but the answer to an easier and related question (do I like Ford cars?) came readily to his mind and determined his choice. This is the essence of intuitive heuristics: when faced with a difficult question, we often answer an easier one instead, usually without noticing the substitution. — Daniel Kahneman, Thinking, Fast and Slow
We have all heard such stories of expert intuition: the chess master who walks past a street game and announces “White mates in three” without stopping, or the physician who makes a complex diagnosis after a single glance at a patient. Expert intuition strikes us as magical, but it is not. Indeed, each of us performs feats of intuitive expertise many times each day. Most of us are pitch-perfect in detecting anger in the first word of a telephone call, recognize as we enter a room that we were the subject of the conversation, and quickly react to subtle signs that the driver of the car in the next lane is dangerous. Our everyday intuitive abilities are no less marvelous than the striking insights of an experienced firefighter or physician— only more common. — Daniel Kahneman, Thinking, Fast and Slow

I’m doing that thing again, where I think about the upcoming school year and two things happen:

First, I think: I can do this. I will stay on top of everything. I’ll do all my homework on time, study far in advance, and ask for help if I don’t understand. I’ll work out, I’ll eat healthy, I’ll keep my room clean.

Then, I think: that’ll last for a few weeks, and then I’ll let everything fall apart, like I always do. Fast forward six months, and I’ll be freaking out about a final I have in the morning while watching Netflix in my disaster zone of a room.

Sometimes it’s really tempting to let that second voice drown out the first.

But the thing is, though it’s been said that “to err is human”, to hope is human too. So that’s what I always have done, and it’s what I’ll continue to do. Optimism isn’t weakness, it’s the bravest thing there is.

So good luck this year, everyone. Whatever your goals are, I hope you’ll be able to reach them.

solbus reblogged your post and added:

Nicely conceptualized.

thank you :)

All at once, everything is different. Now that I see you.

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There is some good in this world, and it’s worth fighting for. — J.R.R. Tolkien, The Two Towers (via kvtes)

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I am proud only of those days that pass in
undivided tenderness.
— Robert Bly, A Little Book on the Human Shadow (via quotes-shape-us)

And the Present is a Future I could look forward to.

Life is limitless, and there are countless roads that I may wander down if I so choose

But there is one path that I am barred from traveling, and that is the road that would lead me back to this moment