I told my Poli Sci professor today in office hours about how much I’d wanted to join the military before finding out diabetes disqualified me, and my god, that was cleansing to my conscience. I was explaining how the military is not just a bunch of green-suited action figures in a box like from childhood toy collections, but is a corporate entity, an entity of engineers and linguists and a whole host of others behind its propulsion, and can’t be fairly regarded in single-dimensional terms. And I explained how I came to realize, with this surprisingly hopeful POV, that I could still be involved in services without being on the combat side after having been so steadfast about being a woman in the field and going on to become an astronaut (both being things T1 diabetes has disqualified me for). We have a final paper about whether foreign relations are interstate, international, or otherwise, and I’m arguing how relations and the entities themselves behind them have many more dimensions of actors than to be able consider a single level in charge, especially given how circumstance can determine which actors hold more power at given times without permanence/fair assumption in conceptual treatment.
My parents asked what kind of special thing I’d ideally choose to do upon coming home from college on break. I said I’d love to attend an Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performance. They said that idea was boring and they’d rather go to Harry Potter World.
Do you officially become an adult when your parents say your idea of fun is lame?
“We ask the media to respect the privacy of our family and friends – pain is not a story.”—- Anthony Maslin and Marite Norris, parents of Mo, 12, Evie, 10 and Otis, 8, who were all killed with their grandfather when Malaysian airlines flight MH17 was shot down over the Ukraine. (via beautifulletdownfics)
“Sometimes the feelings inside of me get messy like dirt. And I like to clean things. Pretend the dirt is the feelings. This floor is my mind. That is called coping.”—Suzanna Warrenn (Crazy Eyes), Orange is the New Black (via larmoyante)