roman.a.clef

"I like this place and could willingly waste my time in it.”
― William Shakespeare

When I lived in Hawaii, I’d take a drive from Waikiki to where my grandmother lived—up along the coast heading east, and it takes you past Hanauma Bay. When my mother was pregnant with me she’d take a walk along the beach… . You park your car. If the waves are good you sit and watch and ponder it for a while. You grab your car keys in the towel. And you jump in the ocean. And you have to wait until there is a break in the waves… . And you put on a fin—and you only have one fin—and if you catch the right wave you cut left because left is west… . Then you cut down into the tube there. You might see the crest rolling and you might see the sun glittering. You might see a sea turtle in profile, sideways, like a hieroglyph in the water… . And you spend an hour out there. And if you’ve had a good day you’ve caught six or seven good waves and six or seven not so good waves. And you go back to your car. With a soda or a can of juice. And you sit. And you can watch the sun go down …

poboh:

By the Lily Pond, Arthur Parton. American Impressionist Painter (1842 - 1914)

poboh:

By the Lily Pond, Arthur Parton. American Impressionist Painter (1842 - 1914)

(via catonhottinroof)

The decision to be positive is not one that disregards or belittles the sadness that exists. It is rather a conscious choice to focus on the good and to cultivate happiness—genuine happiness. Happiness is not a limited resource. And when we devote our energy and time to trivial matters, and choose to stress over things that ultimately are insignificant. From that point, we perpetuate our own sadness, and we lose sight of the things that really make us happy and rationalize our way out of doing amazing things.

—Christopher Aiff (via quotes-shape-us)

peashooter85:

December 7th, 1941; A date which will live in infamy.