“We are made of memories and formed by experience. I keep wondering what kind of people we would be, and what kind of world this would be, if when bad things happened we could erase them, or somehow make them sweet.”

Sue Halpern considers the implications of MIT’s research into “taking the sting out of bad memories by switching the bad ones with good ones.”

Indeed, “we” are the sum of our experiences and the memories of those experiences, good and bad. As Henry Miller elegantly put it in his meditation on the art of living:

The art of living is based on rhythm — on give and take, ebb and flow, light and dark, life and death. By acceptance of all aspects of life, good and bad, right and wrong, yours and mine, the static, defensive life, which is what most people are cursed with, is converted into a dance, ‘the dance of life’…

Also see neurologist Oliver Sacks on the complexities of memory.

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The Kissby Gustav Klimt


The Kiss
by Gustav Klimt

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I just received my housing information for my time in Morocco, and I will be staying with a family! I’ll also be living with another girl who is studying from the US. I am so excited, for all of this. I am one step closer to going to Morocco. Just 14 more days. 

Fourteen more days. 

Two weeks.

On September 1, I will be driving to the airport, checking in, going through security, waiting in the terminal, and boarding the plane. Looking down on the airport, the tiny cars, the buildings, the city, and saying see you later to the US. For three months and fourteen days I will be in Morocco, and for three weeks after that I will possibly be in another country. 

I am beyond thrilled, so elated and excited, and so grateful for this. 

But I am also sad and scared. 

What the heck?

Sad?? Why on earth should I be sad?

It’s because of change.

Everything is going by so fast, moving so quickly.

My life feels like it’s a big room, filled with lots of things, and now there’s suddenly a great wind that’s come in and sweeping everything away, lifting everything up from where they were.

Change is scary, and, for me, it’s a bit sad. All the things in my life—my friends, my family, the places I am familiar with—all of those things, though they will always be here, won’t quite be the same. Everything is now a memory.

Or maybe, the thing I’m sad and scared about, is that I will change.

I’ll come back, and maybe I won’t see things as I once did before I left. Maybe the things, the people and places, that once felt familiar and comforting, won’t feel those ways to me anymore. 

But, despite how I feel about it, I will embrace change.

I will welcome it with open arms, an open mind, and an open heart. 

I am ready.

I can do this.


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Theodore: Sometimes I look at people…and I make myself try and feel them as more than just a random person walking by. I imagine, how deeply they’ve fallen in love…or how much heartbreak they’ve all been through.

“And a softness came from the starlight and filled me full to the bone.”
— W.B. Yeats   (via framboisiers)

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"I would give my soul if I could fix her brain." (Dohuk, Iraq)


feeding the doves at the shrine of hazrat ali in mazar-i-sharif. revered by muslims as the tomb of the son-in-law of the prophet mohammed, this fifteenth century mosque in afghanistan’s northern balkh province, near the border of uzbekistan, is also known as the blue mosque for the cobalt blue and turquoise colours of its minarets and domes. photos by (click pic) zekria gulistani, farzana wahidy, steve mccurry and mohammad kheirkhah

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“There’s so much more to life than what you’re feeling now.”
— Hunter Hayes  (via thatkindofwoman)

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47 photos of strangers will redefine your notions of beauty

What does it mean to feel beautiful?

If the lovely new collabortion between professional photographers Alison Luntz and Viola Gaskell and eBay Fashion is any indication, the answer has little to do with physical appearance.

The photographers asked more than 80 strangers throughout New York City and Seattle what makes them feel beautiful as part of their aptly titled photo series, “What Makes Me Feel Beautiful.” While many subjects mentioned things like makeup and clothing, others interpreted beauty as the feeling they got when singing, dancing, hanging out with friends or simply sitting outside on a sunny day.

What these photos will remind you about being beautiful

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“You must learn to let go. Release the stress. You were never in control anyway.”
— Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free (via creatingaquietmind)

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