The Last Summer Update III

June 28th, 2017
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Sooo last week I said that everything was heading in a upwards direction, well damn, it has accelerated. This past week has been so good. It started out bittersweet because I had one of the most fun nights I’ve had this summer but also Maya left (I luv u bb), buut the rest has just been sweet. It has helped that I wasn’t scheduled at all to work so my last day at fuji ever was Sunday! I’ve been coasting since then and it has been lovely. My money is in a way better place then I thought it would be (picking up shifts and watching my spending paid off so much wow), and the only thing I have left to do is pack for my trip and tbh probably Stanford too. YAY

 

Weeks til Cartagena: 1

Weeks til Stanford : 12

 

(HOLY FUCK)

 

Highlights:

Bowling with um friends- in auburn. feeling like I belonged- in auburn

The rhubarb smoothie I made today

Feeling like I have real free time for the first time since I can remember

How close I am to EVERYTHING LIFE SO MUCH GOODNESS

Getting back to putting my body first*

Humanity is so cool and having time to learn more about it is the actual best

The emails my parents send me when they read an article they think I would enjoy (its the cutest)

 

Books:

Oryx & Crake by Margaret Atwood

Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver

And Still I Rise by Maya Angelou

 

What I’ve Been Watching:

Where to Invade Next (a Michael Moore documentary)

13th

Master of None

 

Links & Articles I Enjoyed (or were devastated by):

Distribution of Family Income // World Factbook

Somewhere in the Great Steppe: the artistic space championing openness in Almaty

passionate discourse

The secret lives of IS fighters

The Anti-Uber

“Eviction is a driver – not just a condition – of poverty.”

TIME’s Best Inventions of 2016

 

Fears:

Sometimes I’m not the best friend

How am I going to have time for everything at Stanford yikes yikes yikes

 

*This stuff actually makes such a huge difference:

Super conscious of everything I eat

Cutting back on coffee & other stuff

No electronics right before bed

Lots of yoga & working out

 

A paragraph that really spoke to me as I reflect on my role in the fight for climate change and the futility of the unimaginable hours, stress, and work I put into EAC:

“There is a need to acknowledge the deep “sadness” that accompanies truly caring about climate change, says Richard Nevle, the deputy director of the Earth Systems program at Stanford. He shares that the role humans have played in bringing the planet to the point of mass extinction and extreme loss of biodiversity is personally devastating to him; yet when I mention the cynicism or defeatism that this sense of devastation would seem to inspire, he gives a knowing chuckle. The climate and the environment are far too all-encompassing to view in a binary of optimism or pessimism, he warns. Blind optimism can lead to denial of the severity of the problems that lie in store and can beget a false sense of security. But overpowering negativity can prohibit the motivation necessary to make inroads where possible, and while there exist irreversible tipping points, there also remains a wide spectrum of potential outcomes, varying in degree of catastrophe, dependent on our actions today. Noting that “as humans we have the rare ability to feel profound sadness,” Nevle observes that embracing the suffering and disappointment that comes with caring about climate change and its impacts is what can motivate us to seek opportunities to mitigate that suffering for others. We must revel in that capacity for compassion and balance it with the pull of hope.”

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