I’ve been thinking about the movie Stranger Than Fiction lately.
For a few reasons:
–a writer who’s near the end of her rope *melancholy sigh*
–a man who’s learning to change his ways for love *wistful sigh*
–and it’s one of those movies that, any time I watch it, leaves me with that perfect post-art tearful/smiley **LIFE!** feeling. A feeling I’ve been craving lately. *craving-that sigh*
(Got the feeling last night when Dan Clair and I stopped to patronize [in a good way] downtown-telescope-guy. We looked at Jupiter! It was magical! With a soundtrack of commentary from a random dude whom Dan aptly described as “drunk Hassidic Jewish rabbi Jonah Hill”. Soak up that visual, folks.)
Tonight during my run, I thought of this quote from STF (which, turns out, is waaaay longer than I recalled. But worth it.) :
As Harold took a bite of Bavarian sugar cookie, he finally felt as if everything was going to be ok. Sometimes, when we lose ourselves in fear and despair, in routine and constancy, in hopelessness and tragedy, we can thank God for Bavarian sugar cookies. And, fortunately, when there aren’t any cookies, we can still find reassurance in a familiar hand on our skin, or a kind and loving gesture, or subtle encouragement, or a loving embrace, or an offer of comfort, not to mention hospital gurneys and nose plugs, an uneaten Danish, soft-spoken secrets, and Fender Stratocasters, and maybe the occasional piece of fiction. And we must remember that all these things, the nuances, the anomalies, the subtleties, which we assume only accessorize our days, are effective for a much larger and nobler cause. They are here to save our lives. I know the idea seems strange, but I also know that it just so happens to be true.
See, I thought of this quote because running is one of those little accessories that’s saving my life. And I don’t say that lightly. I’m learning after 27 years and 4 months of life that my threshold between “okay” and “not okay” is really quite shallow. (And I’m learning to admit this isn’t “good” or “bad”, just true.) Best lesson of all: in spite of what biology or psychology may determine for us, attitude and action are both so vital to being “okay.” Whatever that means for each of us: running, praying, sleeping well, mindfulness, community, creation. Cookies. Movie Quotes. Love.
So onto much lighter fare: I got blisters tonight! This is a good thing! I am one of those crazy runners who eats GU and thinks about chafing!
I ran 4 miles in just over 40 minutes, and while that’s good (great, even!), it isn’t record-breaking. So I think I’m adjusting my goal…There’s no way I’ll break 2:00 (just, no way), but I should be able to beat my PR of 2:18.23. Cross them fingers.
As a reward for sticking with me through my oversharing, I made you a video mixtape of my shuffle playlist from tonight. You are welcome, dearest reader!
What Goes Around Comes Around — Justin Timberlake
After The Storm — Mumford & Sons
Daylight — Matt & Kim (whom i recently flub-referred to as “Garth & Kat“)
Boy — Ra Ra Riot (OMG cool video. kitties!!)
Let It Sway — SSLYBY (random fact: I had a class with Phil Dickey freshman year. Get jealous.)
Awake My Soul — Mumford & Sons (Love, but love, them.)
Taxi Cab — Vampire Weekend
When Your Mind’s Made Up — Swell Season (ONCE) (super sweet acoustic version, fellow ONCE nerds!)
Dancing Through Life — Wicked Soundtrack (LP10!!)
Bring it On Home to Me — Sam Cooke
L.E.S. Artistes — Santogold
Okay if you watched all of that…Wow. And get back to work. Seriously. Now.