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2/26/07

9:30 AM I felt bad. Snow from the hood of my car (which I didn’t clean before driving) was flying off into the windshields of the cars unlucky enough to be behind me. It was kind of amusing but not really. I checked their faces as they drove by to see if they were angry. Most weren’t. One guy in an orange shirt gave a brief look, interrupting his phone conversation to do so.

2:02 PM Bored as I am, here’s a list of movies I have waiting at home for me to watch (along with Season 3 episodes of Boston Legal):

Babel
Man of the Year
Khosla ka Ghosla
Science of Sleep
Dreamers
Little Miss Sunshine

8:45 PM Houseguests are given subtle cues when they’re no longer wanted. We see it in movies (and television in general) all the time. I want to know what would happen if, just as an experiment, one day I just refuse to take the hint and blatantly overstay my visit. To what length will the host go to get rid of me? Will he outright tell me “You must go” or will he stay awake and try to outlast me? He might become less subtle and say “Well, I’ve got to get up early tomorrow,” or “It’s getting pretty late.” What if I’m that unbelievable character who just smiles and remains seated where I am? How funny would that be? For me it’d be hilarious, and I’d be pitying him because I know he wouldn’t be enjoying himself in the least.

But just as a social experiment, I would like to try that one time, only for the sake of being able to say that I did something crazy to satisfy my morbid curiosity.

8:57 PM Is life long or is it short? The easy, all-encompassing answer is it’s both. In some ways it’s long, in some ways it’s short. The real question is, what are those ways?

Life’s too short for taking time getting to know people. It’s too short to not take chances and invite a stranger (who’s not too strange) to your house. It’s too short to take too long to make a new friend. If you meet someone tomorrow, don’t take weeks or months in getting to know them. Your whole life could change – not necessarily for the better – and the sooner you let the change happen, the sooner you’ll recover from it, learn, and move on.

Life’s long. To take a vocation you don’t love or at least enjoy is a death sentence, because life’s every day is much too arduous to spend buried under responsibility. Life’s too long to commit a crime against your conscience, because conscience creates time: Please it and time flies, go against it and sloth seizes the clock, weighing you down with it.

Life’s too short to not get attached. When else if not in this lifetime will you experience the agony of love unrequited? Of love scorned. Of needing someone who doesn’t need you. When will you experience the childish pleasure of being needed by someone you laugh down on because you don’t need them?

Life’s too long to get attached to the ephemeral. Everything’s ephemeral. What will you do when it’s gone tomorrow? You’ll still be here, but it no longer will. What’ll you do when the one you thought needed you leaves you with the knowledge that you need them, and not the other way around?

Life’s too short to get hung up on little things. Things he said, she said, they said or did. How much time will you waste in dissecting what happened or didn’t happen? Time that could be spent doing innumerable other things, each more worthwhile than another.

Life’s too long to overlook the little things. You don’t want to be sitting one evening, alone, wishing you’d done this and done that, and said this or hadn’t said that.

Life’s too short to care, and too long not to care. And vice versa.

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