Happy 100th birthday to Albert Camus!
“Find meaning. Distinguish melancholy from sadness. Go out for a walk. It doesn’t have to be a romantic walk in the park, spring at its most spectacular moment, flowers and smells and outstanding poetical imagery smoothly transferring you into another world. It doesn’t have to be a walk during which you’ll have multiple life epiphanies and discover meanings no other brain ever managed to encounter. Do not be afraid of spending quality time by yourself. Find meaning or don’t find meaning but ‘steal’ some time and give it freely and exclusively to your own self. Opt for privacy and solitude. That doesn’t make you antisocial or cause you to reject the rest of the world. But you need to breathe. And you need to be.” – Albert Camus, from Notebooks, 1951-1959.
See, Albert Camus totally gets me. I think I want to start reading the Diaries Of and The Notebooks and Journals of famous authors I like/am intrigued by because you know… writers just say the darndest things!
Seriously this is exactly what I needed to read. Exactly. It’s like I find the most perfect quotes, words, thoughts lingering around in the world in pre-existing fashion at just the most perfect moment.
I found this quote just this moment and I feel like I could not wait a moment longer to share it, keep it forever in my little blog here, my sanctuary.
But… HOW PERFECT is this quote? Camus, if I hadn’t already read The Stranger, I promise I would read it. Maybe now would be a good time to read it again. Existential crisis and all, that I’m having! Maybe I should *also* watch I Heart Huckabees again.
Let’s drown me in existential quotes… though I suspect if they’re of the hopeless variety I might be a little too inclined to agree. Or not! Who knows. I’m already filling my calendar with things to do, plans and etc. I cannot keep to myself forever. That will hurt me more than anything else. Must. Force. Myself. To. Be. Social.
Ok, that’s all for today!