“I do not care what car you drive, where you live, if you know someone that knows someone that knows someone. If your clothes are this years cutting edge. If your trust fund is unlimited. If you are A-list, B-list or never heard of you list. I only care about the words that flutter from your mind. They are the only thing you truly own. The only thing I will remember you by. I will not fall in love with your bones and skin. I will not fall in love with the places you have been. I will not fall in love with anything but the words that flutter from your extraordinary mind.” -Andre Jordan
“What I need is perspective. The illusion of depth, created by a frame, the arrangement of shapes on a flat surface. Perspective is necessary. Otherwise there are only two dimensions. Otherwise you live with your face squashed against a wall, everything a huge foreground, of details, close-ups, hairs, the weave of a bedsheet, the molecules of a face. Your own skin like a map, a diagram of futility, crisscrossed with tiny roads that lead nowhere. Otherwise you live in the moment. Which is not where I want to be.
But that’s where I am, there’s no escaping it. Time’s a trap, I’m caught in it.”
- Margaret Atwood The Handmaid’s Tale
A time you thought about ending your own life:
Whenever unrestrained on a high building, or going really fast in a car. It’s not morbid, it’s curiosity, it’s fear, it’s life. I don’t believe I have ever genuinely wanted to end my life. But we’re fragile, and destruction of fragile things seems to be our nature. Some people know/learn better, others don’t. I do currently know better and have no desire to end my life. But it’s unnatural to say you don’t think about death.
Now to quote some Drake and Nicki Minaj..
“I believe that life is a prize, but to live doesn’t mean you’re alive”
“Cause everybody dies but not everybody lives”
“Too many people grow up. That’s the real trouble with the world, too many people grow up. They forget. They don’t remember what it’s like to be 12 years old. They patronize, they treat children as inferiors. Well I won’t do that.” - Walt Disney
Your views on religion:
This is tricky, though when isn’t religion? My family and friends practice a wide range of different religions, and I haven’t found myself too caught up in any one of them, therefore I currently don’t practice a specific one. I used to attend church with friends and family when I was younger, which I liked because each church was a new experience, but my parents gave us the option of attending with them from the very beginning and we usually chose not to. I’m not saying I didn’t like the experiences, just that most religious groups are a little too complicated for me to accept each aspect of their beliefs, therefore I choose to stay at a distance from the religion world.
However, to help explain my views I’m going to use a quote (partially out of context, though still appropriate) from Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time.
“…Second, there is the question of the initial state of the universe. Some people feel that science should be concerned with only the first part; they regard the question of the initial situation as a matter for metaphysics or religion. They would say that God, being omnipotent, could have started the universe off any way he wanted. That may be so, but in that case he also could have made it develop in a completely arbitrary way. Yet it appears he chose to make it evolve in a very regular way according to certain laws…”
This idea inspired and perfectly explains my current views on religion. I do believe in a God, however, he created a world which can be almost entirely explained by science, therefore he does not base the world’s creation off of defending, endorsing and worshiping his existence, those variables are left to the individual to govern. This philosophy on God’s existence, whether others agree with it or not, does agreeably promote personal thought, independence, freedom and acceptance rather than discrimination, fear, expressive constraint, psychological abuse, scientific regress and war as many organized religions have caused over time.
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Your views on drugs and alcohol:
Yes and yes. Unless you’re over ten-fifteen years older than me, have no job, no hygiene, no mind and/or no teeth… then no, I’ve heard of your path, keep your bread crumbs, I will be staying far, far away from your neck of the woods.
Anyway, no drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we’re looking for the source of our troubles, we shouldn’t test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power. ~P.J. O’Rourke
“I like having jobs!”
Where you’d like to be in 10 years/How you hope your future will be like.
-Even though life is complicated, and tough, I want to be one of those people that just seems so completely and utterly content with their life, despite how hard it is (without lying of course). The type that works at not showing the pain and doesn’t try to get pity, who instead focuses on just getting through it. The type of person that seems to constantly take on heaps of different things each day without having to turn back to pick up pieces and mop up the messes of yesterday. I want to have a job I enjoy, that still gives me time for growing a family and room for creativity. I want to be building, whether literal creation, due to marriage, owning a home, building a family, or raising children. I want to be living somewhere with a perfect blend of nature and city. Somewhere where the buildings don’t overwhelm the area, and you can still get away from it all. I want to make things with my hands. I want to remain close with my huge family and many friends. I want to be organized enough that I can control the maximum amount of thoughts and ideas that spill from my mind. I want to find abundance, though that doesn’t mean I need a lot, just that what I do want is in reach. I want to be active. I want to keep a clear enough head to be able to juggle responsibility and requirements with adventure and excitement. I want to keep life fun, simple, and funny when I can, while still living as a young adult and understanding what that entails. I want to grow more and more unattached to meaningless materials in order to focus on experiences, people and other things that matter most to me. I don’t want to forget my childhood or teenage years. I want to have deep connections along with the necessary alone time to ground myself and to help me remember how important those relationships are. I want to see and experience as much as possible and learn about even more. I want to give, I want to grow and I want to really feel like I’m doing things with my life. I want to start leaving a mark, even if it only influences another to make what they want out of their lives. “The act of living is selfish” enough already. I know where I don’t want to be, what I don’t want to be doing and who I don’t want to be with, but I also don’t want to be limited thinking I already know all of my possibilities right now. I like so many things, (but yes, obviously some more than others). If you only know that up is the way you want to build, build a strong enough foundation that you could build to the stars. Don’t get ahead of yourself by skimping on the preparation only to ruin the possibilities in the end. I’m just going after my passions, working hard everyday and testing all waters. The specifics will be worked out someday. As of right now I change my mind about the details too much to be satisfied with any attempt to predict an ideal future, life is not as easy as just wanting and subsequently getting, I’ll admit that, but at least I recognize it, right?