Jan. 27th, 2010

rainbows are forever

politics: the art of the possible



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Mar. 8th, 2008

book of moi

THE FIRST EVER LIVEJOURNAL BRAGGING CONTEST

FIRST EVER, DIRECT FROM ME TO YOU
LIVEJOURNAL BRAGGING CONTEST
'08

I think it's time we all blew a little steam off, and what better way then a bragging contest? The rules of play are simple, so if you've never even heard of this before, no problem.
The idea is, quite simply, to out-brag someone else. So to begin, you comment with something you've done. So for example, I might comment with "I once climbed Mount Everest!"

NOTE: LYING IS HIGHLY ENCOURAGED. HONESTY, WHILE NOT STRICTLY FORBIDDEN, IS FROWNED UPON. USE THOSE BRAINS, PEOPLE.

Then, someone else could comment and try to out-do me. For instance, "Well, I once climbed Mount Everest NAKED"

And after that, well, go wild. Threadhop.
Tell the whole of Livejournal how you once rode a bull painted purple to the moon and back while juggling Lego Star-Wars minifigures and whistling Bach backwards. Brag like there's no tomorrow. And link this everywhere so that we can eventually have the world's most gigantic bragging contest, open to all the multitudes.

Hey, what d'you mean you had a bigger one?

[in completely unrelated news, I was a witness to a bank robbery today o_O]

Aug. 19th, 2007

rainbows are forever

your enemy is sleeping

Tell me a secret.
IP logging off, anonymous commenting on.

(pee ess i fail. quite hard

D:)

May. 19th, 2007

share the love

troubles will come, and they will pass

So I realized something, today, that maybe I always knew but never quite managed to process.

We are all going to be okay.


It's hard to see, maybe. It's kind of like that last hill before you can see your driveway, the one that you run halfway up until your lungs feel like they're on fire and you're pretty sure that your heart is gonna fucking explode and the top is still far enough away that you just want to sit down and cry until someone comes and picks you up and soothes you, like they did when you were five and scraped your knee on the neighbors tree. But you don't sit down, you keep going, and going and going and you're heart doesn't explode after all, and maybe, after a while, your lungs feel pretty okay because you're over the top, and there's your driveway right there in front of you.

You knew it was there all along, really, you could look at the hill and say that your house is at the top and it's barely fifty meters and you're only two minutes away, but somehow - no matter how much you say it you still feel like there's no way you can climb that hill today. That you're never going to make it home.

But you know what?

We are strong people. We can all walk that final fifty meters with our lungs burning and our hearts exploding and our legs bloody well falling off and we will all make it home. It's not easy. Maybe sometimes you're going to stop and sit by the road and cry, but in the end, you'll pick yourself up and keep going. Maybe someone else will help you, will come by and pick you up and carry you those last few feet. Maybe you'll get lucky and get a ride, or maybe you'll just have to fight it out 'till the bitter end. The point? We're all going to end up there somehow.

It doesn't matter if you're really in shape and walk up it just fine. It doesn't matter if you need a while to catch your breath. It doesn't matter if you need someone to walk right alongside it with you. It doesn't matter if you need that same person to carry you.

All that matters is that you reach the top.

And you know what? We will. All of us. We are strong people, we are wonderful people, we are beautiful people. We are incredible. Life is hard, so hard, but we will get through it and we will all be okay. We will all be home, someday.

This is directed to every single person on my flist. There is not one of you, and I can promise you this, because I have spent my evening reading the past few weeks of everyone's LJ and making sure I'm up to date, not one of you who I am not thinking of while writing this. You are such amazing, wonderful people, and you will all pass through this darkness to the light on the other side.

(yes, even you)

I promise. You will come home again.

You will all be okay.

Mar. 29th, 2007

rainbows are forever

but you're so kind, i know you would not mind

Remember to hug your friends, people. In absence of a hug, give them a compliment. Ask them how they're doing, and really care. Remind them to be safe. Remind them not to get in a stranger's car, or take candy from said stranger. Tell them that their hair looks awesome today, and ask for tips. Show them pictures of a rainbow. Show them pictures of the two of you, together, that day you went to the park and drank lemonade and pretended to have a crazy accent. Help them remember that if you just swing a couple extra inches higher, you can touch the sky.

Buy them flowers. Pick them flowers. Make them a mini rock garden, if you can't get the flowers. Bake them cookies. Teach them how to knit that really cool new hat you just made, and then giggle over the matching-ness. Tell them awful jokes. Sing songs really loudly. Go to the park and play classical music together, while drawing pictures. It doesn't matter if you're good at drawing or not.

Plant a tree together. Better yet, plant those little bean seeds that we all planted in kindergarten. Name them. Love them. Give them high-quality plant food and lots of water. Remind them that everything takes patience and love and kindness to grow, as well as just a little space. Buy them a pirate scarf. Converse only in keyboard mashes.

Write them a postcard and, if possible, hand-deliver it. Wish upon a star. Remember that the sunset the day you first met is just as beautiful now. Ask them about their hobbies. Offer them a stick of gum. Make a pot of tea and smile when the steam fogs up everyone's glasses.

Write on the sidewalk in chalk. Open a lemonade stand. Pick the spring berries together. Make daisy chains and centerpieces of cherry blossom. Go for a walk, and grin at everyone. You'd be surprised how many people grin back. Pet the happy dogs, and laugh at the barking ones.

Sit on the porch swing and remember yesterday. The future is not so scary after all. There are only seven days in a week, but they are all preceded by the sunrise. Rain makes things grow. Tell your friend that they are beautiful. You are beautiful. I am beautiful. We are all beautiful.

Smile for the sky. Remember that things in the past are in the past, and tomorrow will come. Eat ice-cream out of the container and share a spoon. Watch a funny movie and laugh together. Watch a scary movie and scream together. Watch a sad movie and cry together. Watch a happy movie and smile together. Always share the popcorn.

But above all, hug your friends.

They deserve it.

Whenever life deals you a bad hand, there's a friend nearby to help you cheat, slip you the ace under the table or, in extreme cases, shoot everyone. If you're James Bond, they can help restart your heart. If you're not, they can help restart your heart anyway. It's just what they're there for.