Be a walking contradiction.

This quote resonated with me as I often try to make sense of the very different parts of myself, attempting to cross out some that don’t “work” with the “cooler” or “better” other parts. Who is to say they don’t work? And who is to say the other parts are “cooler” or “better”?

“To play so as to be relaxed and refreshed for work is not to play, and no work is well and finely done unless it, too, is a form of play.”–Alan Watts

You’re only given a little spark of madness and if you lose that, you’re nothing. – Robin Williams

If parts of everyone I was friends with was one person, only then would there be a person in the world who truly understands me. – Benjamin Defillippis

Making a Place Your Home

“It all seems so very arbitrary. I applied for a job at this company because they were hiring. I took a desk at the back because it was empty. But, no matter how you get there or where you end up, human beings have this miraculous gift to make that place home.”- Creed Bratton, The Office

This is a really cool quote that I think encapsulates some of what I’ve been thinking about lately. A couple days ago, as we were sitting on the stage in Goodrich eating free food, Grace mentioned just how much these places were really starting to feel like home. I realized I felt that too; places like the fourth floor of Sawyer, the common rooms in Frosh Quad and mission, and Goodrich– places that were at one point so strikingly foreign– now were so familiar to me that I could barely remember a time when they weren’t a part of my life. It’s so crazy that all 2,061 (I think??) of us somehow ended up here in the middle of the Berkshires– for some of us, maybe going to Williams was always part of our plan, but for others maybe it was just a twist of fate or something they never expected. No matter the reasoning or decisions we made along the way, we’ve all ended up here, and are all somehow living and growing and learning in these spaces. For a lot of us, times spent here can be some of the happiest but also the most difficult and trying of our lives. But isn’t that so cool how humans work? No matter where we go– whether it’s a paper company or summer camp or Williams College– these places and these people that were once thousands of miles away and completely irrelevant to our lives somehow become huge parts not only of our daily routine but of who we are. When we let them, they end up changing us and inspiring us and ultimately shaping the course of the rest of our lives. So even though I can’t predict now what kind of person I’ll be at the end of my next three years in Williamstown, Massachusetts, I’m so glad (and lucky!) to be able to call this place and these people home.


a collection of thoughts on the stars:

“I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.” – Vincent van Gogh

“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” —Lady Windermere’s Fan,Oscar Wilde

“The cosmos is within us. We are made of star-stuff. We are a way for the universe to know itself.” – Carl Sagan

“You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“Only in the darkness can you see the stars.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

“Who has been unhooking the stars without my permission, and putting them on the table in the guise of candles?” -Les Misérables,Victor Hugo

“Though my soul may set in darkness, it will rise in perfect light / I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night” – “The Old Astronomer”, Sarah Williams

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