Tuesday, February 19, 2013
I love this xkcd comic. It reminds me that sometimes, peer pressure is a good thing.
Today, I learned something about myself. I need people. When I spend too much time thinking about my own life, I freak out: What am I doing?! Life is hard! Everyone's lives are so hard! Why are we all struggling??
But then I run into a friend who tells me she's going to see Secretary Kerry give his first public policy speech tomorrow. Or I see a group of professors recently come from China who look like they could use some directions and find myself welcomed to China instead. And I go to English class and realize how amazing my students are for putting up with Shakespearean sonnets. And then I babysit a friend's baby who enjoys spending time with me. Or I get a ride from a man from my lab on my way back up the hill in the rain.
When I'm with people and look in their faces and their eyes, I see excitement and hope and optimism for the future. And I forget about the demons and the dark clouds.
Thank you, people, for making my Tuesday.