On Reading

The best moments in reading are when you come across something – a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things – that you’d thought special, particular to you. And here it is, set down by someone else, a person you’ve never met, maybe even someone long dead. And it’s as if a hand has come out, and taken yours.

The History Boys

On Love

I fell in love with her courage, her sincerity, and her flaming self respect. And it’s these things I’d believe in, even if the whole world indulged in wild suspicions that she wasn’t all she should be. I love her and it is the beginning of everything.

– F. Scott Fitzgerald on falling in love with his wife, Zelda –

I think this might be the most romantic thing I’ve ever read. Those are the exact qualities I’ve been harnessing over the past year. Oh Fitzgerald, you were a gem.

On Fear

We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face… we must do that which we think we cannot.
– Eleanor Roosevelt –
I sent my project report to the library yesterday. It’s done. I still can’t really believe it and I partly think someone, somewhere is going to call me up and say, “Bah! We lied! You’re not done your Masters; you’ll never be done!” But I know that’s just me being a worry wort. Because really and truly, it is over.
I learned a lot  in the process. I kept putting off the writing because I was scared of it. The report took on a life of its own that, as time went on, resembled the boogey man more and more. I thought the task was mightier than little me could handle, but when I got a closer look, it wasn’t all that bad after all. In fact, I felt a heck of a lot better facing it head on than I did dodging it.
Have you ever had a task that you kept avoiding? What did you do to pluck up the courage to face it?