"Harvey and I sit in the bars… have a drink or two… play the juke box. And soon the faces of all the other people they turn toward mine and they smile. And they’re saying, "We don’t know your name, mister, but you’re a very nice fella." Harvey and I warm ourselves in all these golden moments. We’ve entered as strangers - soon we have friends. And they come over… and they sit with us… and they drink with us… and they talk to us. They tell about the big terrible things they’ve done and the big wonderful things they’ll do. Their hopes, and their regrets, and their loves, and their hates. All very large, because nobody ever brings anything small into a bar. And then I introduce them to Harvey… and he’s bigger and grander than anything they offer me. And when they leave, they leave impressed."
"Years ago my mother used to say to me, she’d say, "In this world, Elwood, you must be" - she always called me Elwood - "In this world, Elwood, you must be oh so smart or oh so pleasant." Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant. You may quote me."
This movie/play and specifically the above quotes have been on my mind for some reason today. The play has a special place in my heart. It carries nostalgia of my theatre days and it’s just an all around heartwarming story. A giant invisible rabbit and a man become friends, and though everyone around him thinks he’s crazy, he ends up being the one teaching them lessons about themselves.
The two parts of the quote above- how Elwood and Harvey come in to a bar as strangers and leave as friends, or that people share with them their biggest fears and hopes because no one brings anything small into a bar. Those are my favorite. And I also think about the pleasant quote quite a bit.
I’m not sure I can accurately describe how these two pieces of dialogue really hit me, but they do. I find them to be comforting and beautiful. In a life that’s filled with stress and unknowns, a play about a giant “Pooka”, as Harvey is described, brings me a lot of comfort. I hope you read these and find some sort of connection to them. And if you haven’t already, I highly recommend watching the movie.
Today I stayed home from work because I was sick, which meant I spent a lot of time in my room. In a cold medicine-induced stupor, I started realizing that I have so. much. stuff.
I feel like I always knew I had a lot of stuff, but today it became really clear. In a few months I’ll finally be moving out of here…. but what do I do with all that stuff? Throw it away, sell it? There’s sentimental things I have from my entire life in here, what do I do? I’ve always liked to clean, organize, and get rid of things as necessary, but that’s suddenly becoming really difficult and I’m not sure what to do about it.
There’s not much more to this post. I don’t have a solution. But I’m sure a lot of people can relate. The realization that you have way too much stuff and no where to put it all is a weird realization to have.
(Also, now the word stuff sounds really weird. You’re welcome.)
This is a 24 hour long music video for Pharrell’s song “Happy”. I dare you to watch it and not feel happy. It sounds cheesy, but it’s so uplifting to see a bunch of people just dancing and smiling. Have fun watching :)
“For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the courage to start all over again.”—F Scott Fitzgerald, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (via bookmania)