not even plain.


RIP Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
Photograph by Helmut Newton.
100 Years of Solitude

It pained me to see the following headline in the news today:

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel Prize-winning author, dies at 87

I have great respect for the individual that Gabriel Garcia Marquez is and was. I remember reading his novel, titled above, in high school. I rather hated doing that. In fact, I hated reading for homework and doing assignments. I much rather read a book when I feel like reading it. I like being able to pace myself. In the summer, procrastinating and whatnot I decided to pick this book up again. I read it and found myself amazed at his delicately detailed style of writing. I thought back to how in love my literature teacher seemed to be with this book. You could see it in his eyes and hear it in his tone whenever he read a passage from the book to us. It wasn’t until a summer later that I found myself in that same trance. I admired this novel and decided to try his other works, which I too fell in love with. And if you would ever want to read a more brilliantly beautiful fantastical piece of writing I would gladly suggest this.

R.I.P. Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Gabriel García Márquez, the influential, Nobel Prize-winning author of "One Hundred Years of Solitude," died on Thursday, April 17. He was 87.

My display picture is actually a picture of a passage from 100 Years of Solitude.

Nineteen things I’ve learned before I turned nineteen.
1. Always carry $5 and a lighter with you (even if you don’t smoke).
2. Ask every person you meet how their day is going. Genuinely ask with the sole intention of learning how their day is. Ask the coffee shop employee. Ask the person next to you in line at Walmart. Ask your distant friend. Ask everyone.
3. Take many photos of yourself. Take photos of yourself when you’re happy. Take photos of yourself when you’re sad. Take photos of yourself because there are millions of trees in the world, and we all look at the same sky, but there is only one of you.
4. Stay in contact with your parents. Try not to hate them. They are the reason you have the ability to feel anything at all. Try not to hate your parents.
5. Opening your skin will not set your demons free. Open your heart. Open your mind. Open your hands.
6. Nobody knows anybody completely. That’s okay.
7. Be gentle, but be aggressive. Take a stand. Nobody hears your voice if you stay silent.
8. Respect everybody. We are all humans trying to survive. We all deserve respect.
9. Wearing black will ALWAYS make you feel better about yourself.
10. Always give tips, whether it be a couple extra dollars or a piece of mind. You never know how much you could be helping someone.
11. Change is the only thing consistent in life. Do not allow that to bother you. Embrace chance and move with life, whichever direction it chooses to take you.
12. Smile often. Smile at strangers. Smile at your friends. Smile when nobody is looking and you’re alone in your bedroom. Smile when somebody is rambling to you.
13. Body image means nothing. Your body is merely just a seatbelt in the car. Your body is here to protect you. You choose the direction you go, and your body will not hold you back. Only you can hold yourself back.
14. Don’t hold grudges. Don’t allow yourself to hate anybody. Forgive them. Learn to love them for the person you never got to see them to be. Believe that a beautiful human exists in that person. Wish them well.
15. Drink orange juice. Lots of it.
16. Don’t allow the opinions of others to choose your destiny. We are all simply trying to live our own life.
17. Sing all the time. Sing off key. Sing in a silly voice. Sing like you’re on stage. Sing no matter who is around. Singing is breathing for the soul. Sing.
18. Take time to think. Write your feelings down. Write letters to the people you love. Texting is overrated and not as heartfelt as a nice handwritten letter.
19. Live for yourself. Breathe for yourself. Do everything in your life for nobody but you. This is your life. This is it.

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I don’t know that I agree with all of these, but I definitely like some of them.

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Abu Dhabi
William Hüber

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Forest stream at dusk