“Life is fantastic— but it really is y’know. I’m not a religious person myself & I.. You know I-I’m not religious & I don’t celebrate religious holidays, but I believe that I’m a good person. I believe that everyone who I know is a fantastic person. And I’m really grateful that I’m so fortunate in life. There’s really nothing substantial that I can complain about in my life. And I hope that you all are in the same kind of situation. And I just— that’s all I mean.”—Natalie Tran (communitychannel), being grateful asian style and my mum is awesome (via burningpavements)
People need people. It’s a senseless, cruel, hard world. Doing it with someone only makes it more bearable. I wish that I didn’t allow for this idea to be so important. But I don’t have a religion to keep me sane, I’m in a constant battle with myself and I still don’t even know who I am sometimes, and i think its largely because i don’t have someone besides me constantly to remind. We’re cared for by our parents from childhood into our young adulthood, we stray away from them through our college and careers (or try to), then to go on with the rest of our life with our significants where they in turn take care of you. It’s this cycle of mothering and nurturing. I just commend all of those who make it out by themselves. Today I watched this documentary about Bill Cunningham, the notable street fashion photographer for the New York Times, to find the brilliance that this man has made in photographing people as his lifelong obsession. It was all he cared about, what he was known for — the pinnacle of passion, a love affair with his career and hobby. In one scene, he was asked about his sexuality and love life and upon answering it, he basically snubbed it off, saying that he’s never been with anyone and that his interest laid on his love for what he does. I couldn’t help but think that the man was a rare saint, and that hell I don’t have an interest in anything like that that gets me through the night. While loved by so many, he will die alone. I just can’t wrap my mind around that. It sounds sad, but he’s made being alone his lifestyle. He seems very happy, and at 81 years old, maybe this love for something has attributed to his long life.