weekend long reads

My definition of a perfect weekend:

1. Waking up to the sound of the rain at 7 am and feeling well-rested for the first time in what feels like forever


2. Lying in bed for the next hour of two, continuing the book you fell asleep reading


3. Making breakfast while still in pajamas, watching your favorite show as you sip on hot cocoa


4. Taking a hot bath and finally getting the chance to wear your favorite sweater after


5. Hunching over your worktable till afternoon, determined to complete new pieces of art


6. Strumming a few chords on guitar to go with the faltering booms of thunder echoing through your window panes


7. Going to bed without a worry in the world, not having to think of what may come up the next morning

the real College Feel™ is feeling guilty for having fun

Does Micheal Clifford Know I Exist Yet?

Day 36: no

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Band Of Brothers 15th Anniversary

Episode 3. CARENTAN
[16 Sep. 2001]

Anxiety

The thing about anxiety and depression is that you can’t ‘just relax’ or ‘stop stressing’. It paints everything in shades of gloom until the pleasures of life become minuscule. Anything that used to excite or interest you comes to mean little. You may sit down to a movie but as the images flicker before your eyes, you fail to register any of it. If you were a reader like me then lines may become inscrutable blurs, words just keep appearing, one after another but you can barely grasp what’s going on. Meeting up with friends or even conversing with your own family becomes a chore as you manically think of things to say that make you sound at least partially enthused. It’s so unnatural to be normal and you feel fake mimicking conventions. You wish you could sit their silently without bearing an uncomfortable smile and not worry about keeping up appearances.

It’s a soul crushing experience. You feel stale inside carrying the weight of hopelessness. Do you still think someone would choose to feel like this?

11 first-person essays to add to your weekend reading list

“I’m a black activist. Here’s what people get wrong about Black Lives Matter.” 

“I live in Iran. Here’s how sanctions have shaped my life.”

“Confessions of a Congressman”

“I used to lead tours at a plantation. You won’t believe the questions I got about slavery.”

“9 things I wish people understood about anxiety”

Originally posted by guarantead

“The internet is full of men who hate feminism. Here’s what they’re like in person.”

“I spent 2 years cleaning houses. What I saw makes me never want to be rich.”

“7 ways living in Switzerland ruined me for America and its lousy work culture”

“How Medicaid forces families like mine to stay poor”

“I had a miscarriage, and it forced me to rethink everything I believed about abortion”

“I’m Latino. I’m Hispanic. And they’re different, so I drew a comic to explain.”