so today I’m thinking about ya and it would be kind of nice if you, I don’t know, called or something. How was North Carolina? Are you excited to take your dad to Florida this weekend? Who’s going to watch the puppy?
|—||Miranda July (via anditslove)|
so today my ap art history teacher was teaching us about Hapshetsut the only female pharaoh and he was like “have you seen women they can pop out a baby and be like alright let’s go” and then he walked over to this guy and aimed his fist towards his balls and the guy flinched and held his crotch so he was like “men may be stronger but women are tougher” and then he said “so when someone tells you to grow a pair, they mean ovaries”
"He explains that there are two warring parts of the brain: a hot part demanding immediate gratification (the limbic system), and a cool, goal-oriented part (the prefrontal cortex). The secret of self-control, he says, is to train the prefrontal cortex to kick in first.
“We don’t need to be victims of our emotions,” Mr. Mischel says. “We have a prefrontal cortex that allows us to evaluate whether or not we like the emotions that are running us.” This is harder for children exposed to chronic stress, because their limbic systems go into overdrive. But crucially, if their environment changes, their self-control abilities can improve, he says.
His secret seems to come straight from the marshmallow test: distraction. “It’s to keep living in a way one wants to live and work; to distract constructively; to distract in ways that are in themselves satisfying; to do things that are intrinsically gratifying,” he says. “Melancholy is not one of my emotions. Quite seriously, I don’t do melancholy. It’s a miserable way to be.”
But also, I am looking for the freshmen who were like me and understood that Guiding Eyes for the Blind is not about playing with puppies…it’s about helping people. Our ultimate goal is to help people by training little canines to be loyal, dependent guides. Of course, along the way, there’s plenty of puppy cuddling, but if you’re just tryna join the club to steal puppies for an hour, then you might not make it to the top of this growing list of 40+ new people
I remember when I was a freshman and a complete eager beaver about getting involved in Guiding Eyes for the Blind. I e-mailed the Eboard constantly. I thought they were soooo cool.
Now I’m Secretary, receiving 30-40 e-mails a week from freshmen new to the club, and I see myself in every single one of them (except the tiny Asian girl who tries to talk to me in Chinese).
It feels wonderful to have climbed so far