I shiver, thinking how easy it is to be totally wrong about people, to see one tiny part of them and confuse it for the whole.
American Beauty (1999) I had always heard your entire life flashes in front of your eyes the second before you die. First of all, that one second isn’t a second at all, it stretches on forever, like an ocean of time… For me, it was lying on my back at Boy Scout camp, watching falling stars… And yellow leaves, from the maple trees, that lined our street… Or my grandmother’s hands, and the way her skin seemed like paper… And the first time I saw my cousin Tony’s brand new Firebird… And Janie… And Janie… And… Carolyn. I guess I could be pretty pissed off about what happened to me… but it’s hard to stay mad, when there’s so much beauty in the world. Sometimes I feel like I’m seeing it all at once, and it’s too much, my heart fills up like a balloon that’s about to burst… And then I remember to relax, and stop trying to hold on to it, and then it flows through me like rain and I can’t feel anything but gratitude for every single moment of my stupid little life… You have no idea what I’m talking about, I’m sure. But don’t worry… you will someday.
So much of what we know and what we think and what we feel and what we remember is affiliated with how it all sounded
Soundcloud - Sounds Hadfield recorded from the international space station
Speak what you think now in hard words and tomorrow speak what tomorrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict everything you said today. - “Ah, so you shall be sure to be misunderstood.” - Is it so bad then to be misunderstood?
Ralph Waldo Emerson
One of my new year’s resolutions is to be vulnerable - to be vulnerable to others and myself. To accept that sometimes I won’t be understood.