Life of Amy

CogSci, Knitting, and Other Shenanigans

Archives: Say What? (08/03/2006) May 26, 2008

Filed under: life,love,random — Amy @ 6:07 am

In the midst of the world around me seemingly falling to pieces, perhaps from the outside in, I thought for a moment. How do we help the world? If we were truly altruistic, taking care of the world would be our main priority. However, from experience, few people are truly altruistic, so, why is it that we cannot be so? Is it because we need to know and love ourselves before we can know and love others? If that is the case, will we ever be able to love ourselves, and will we ever be able to reach out and love a world that has so much hate in it.

This has been a confusing and hopefully deep message of the day. Thank you.

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Archives: Youth (07/22/2006)

Filed under: life,politics,quotes — Amy @ 6:06 am

“Our answer is the world’s hope; it is to rely on youth. The cruelties and obstacles of this swiftly changing planet will not yield to obsolete dogmas and outworn slogans. It cannot be moved by those who cling to a present which is already dying, who perfer the illusion of security to the excitement of danger. It demands the qualities of youth: not a time of life but a state of mind, a temper of the will, a quality of the imagination, a predominance of courage over timidity, of the appetite for adventure over the love of ease.”
Robert F. Kennedy, Cape Town, South Africa, June 6, 1966

“Youth is the engine of the world”
Matisyahu, “Youth”, Youth

“Youth is happy because it has the ability to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.”
Franz Kafka

 

Archives: Reminiscent (07/22/2006)

Filed under: college,life,travel — Amy @ 6:04 am

God, I love to reminisce. I wonder why my family has been doing that a lot lately, over dinner, during drives, while watching television. I think that my parents will miss my sister and myself, when she’s in Boston and I’m in Rome. It’s a strange feeling, to know that she’s going away. I mean, I know that I am leaving, too, but I feel like this is no longer my real home anyway. I’ve been going down to San Diego for two years now, and yes, Rome will be a completely new experience, but nothing has been permanent in my life for a while. I always get a little choked-up when we start putting things in boxes, because that means it’s time to move on. And as much as I embrace change, I resist it. The secret to change is coping. I know that I got into UCSD because they thought I could cope … and succeed. The same with Rome. I wouldn’t have gotten into the program if they didn’t like what I brought to the table.

I’m coping with life … and I’m loving every minute.

 

Archives: Cleaning the Heart (07/18/2006)

Filed under: life,rant — Amy @ 6:02 am

I found myself mindlessly staring at my messy room today. My messy house. Well, my parent’s messy house. I sometimes wonder how it got this way, probably through years and years of hoarding and neglect and putting things away and never letting go. That’s how I feel my heart is sometimes — a packrat’s haven. I’ve got so many little annoying things stored up inside, things that I am unwilling to part with, that they are all I see, clouding my vision. I focus on the mess of my life, and I cannot — will not — see the beauty of the simple contents of my life. My life is so cluttered right now, and I’ve got to simplify it before I go.

 

Archives: Preparations (07/16/2006)

Filed under: life,travel — Amy @ 6:00 am

“Rome is the city of echoes, the city of illusions, and the city of yearning.” — Giotto di Bondone

I start with this quote because I am thrilled to have the opportunity to study in Rome this fall. Simultaneously, I am apprehensive. There are so many things I want to do, so many things I want to see, so much of my life to discover. I am leaving in five weeks, and what am I doing? Cleaning my room and watching a Rick Steves DVD that I checked out at my local library. (Library DVDs are possibly the best deal I have ever encountered.) I just feel … panicky. All of a sudden, I find myself worrying about the classes in which I enrolled. I am worrying about laundry, shoes, and costs.

I am doing far too much worrying and not enough enjoying. I am right by San Francisco for five more weeks (even if those weeks do include some cashiering work, hopefully). I ought to enjoy my time at home. My departure will be both joyous and bittersweet, but that is a while away. I’m worried about leaving my family though. At times, my extended family just feels so unstable. At other times, it feels as if there could be nothing better than a meal with my grandparents.

I feel like I’ve gone far enough with this entry. This is just the beginning of my travels.

 

gli azzurri May 5, 2008

Filed under: humor,music,videos — Amy @ 6:58 pm

For the most part, I believe they are tone deaf. They shouldn’t quit their day jobs …