“Everything is more complicated than you think. You only see a tenth of what is true. There are a million little strings attached to every choice you make; you can destroy your life every time you choose. But maybe you won’t know for twenty years. And you may never ever trace it to its source. And you only get one chance to play it out. Just try and figure out your own divorce. And they say there is no fate, but there is: it’s what you create. And even though the world goes on for eons and eons, you are only here for a fraction of a fraction of a second. Most of your time is spent being dead or not yet born. But while alive, you wait in vain, wasting years, for a phone call or a letter or a look from someone or something to make it all right. And it never comes or it seems to but it doesn’t really. And so you spend your time in vague regret or vaguer hope that something good will come along. Something to make you feel connected, something to make you feel whole, something to make you feel loved. And the truth is I feel so angry, and the truth is I feel so fucking sad, and the truth is I’ve felt so fucking hurt for so fucking long and for just as long I’ve been pretending I’m OK, just to get along, just for, I don’t know why, maybe because no one wants to hear about my misery, because they have their own. Well, fuck everybody. Amen.”—Synecdoche, New York (2008) (via heatherocity) (via deconstruct) (via scantmusic)
[R]esearch into happiness tells us that one of the universal experiences that delights humans is novelty – the new and surprising – which might be why so many of us get a buzz from travelling and foreign cultures (outside of the airports and shopping centres). In our day-to-day life, however, we eschew the different and bizarre because we don’t want any ugly surprises in case they disrupt our sleepwalking. However, if you avoid surprises altogether, you miss out on the pleasant ones as well – such as new foods, music or an author who comes from left field and enlarges your perspective beyond what you were certain of.