day trippin to Florence (at Florence, Oregon)
I find myself having moments of genuine sentiment in which I am both concerned and overjoyed. There is seemingly no reason to have great feeling over a simple issue that is ever-present in my and other people’s lives, but then I find my empathy has the chance to overwhelm my disregard and indifference in some moments.
If you read about political change on a monumental scale, such as legalization of marijuana or the annexing of another country’s land, you feel that “big things are happening.” The status quo changes greatly, and while that might have a minor effect on your life something big is happening. A possible aspect of thinking about grandeur is compacting a large event that can take years and years to occur into a single thought. In comparing that grand event to the past, or comparing a possible grand event to the present, you feel that something incredible occurred as things have greatly changed. However, in experiencing a change that occurs over the long term the grandeur of change can be lost. Most are aware how powerful the internet is, but it grew in power and use over an elapsed period which reduced people’s everyday experience of feeling awe inspired by it. However, when you simply think of the internet today in comparison to any point in the 1990s, you stop and say, “wow, that’s really beyond incredible.” To illicit feelings of grandeur, the feelings must be presented in a particular moment or compaction. This could very well be why you feel at peace at very specific moments, why you feel briefly euphoric for a few minutes while listening to a song or being educated on a truly unbelievable event, among other types of things that a person might consider grand.
Some good insight and stories from L.A., who knew
You’re excited, nostalgic, sentimental, and joyous at the same time. Your hair stands on end at the back of your neck as waves travel through your body, warm and cold sensations at the same time. You get the feeling from listening to music that is truly amazing, from seeing an unbelievably adorable animal, seeing your loved one for the first time in months, and the list goes on. During these moments you go from going about your everyday life to feeling “grand.” When music flows the way that it seems it should on an instinctive level, when the future seems to hold incredible events that one can be a part of as a witness and small contributor, and in general when you truly feel in the moment that life has an unimaginable amount of good waiting for you and others. When that tune in life is resonating just right with you for even the smallest amount of time you feel more connected to the rest of humanity and what it means to be happy, because you are experiencing an experience that is unique to the human race. You become closer to what you are and you become closer to other beings who are also what you are.
Boy when I saw that you had milk, I drank it so fast, I drank it so so fast!
Steel reserve got a 5/5, please…
“Read the best books first,
or you may not have a chance to read them at all.”
-Henry David Thoreau
This was taken at the smith family book store!