Ever finished a book? I mean, truly finished one? Cover to cover. Closed the spine with that slow awakening that comes with reentering consciousness?
You take a breath, deep from the bottom of your lungs and sit there. Book in both hands, your head staring down at the cover, back page or wall in front of you.
You’re grateful, thoughtful, pensive. You feel like a piece of you was just gained and lost. You’ve just experienced something deep, something intimate… Full from the experience, the connection, the richness that comes after digesting another soul.
It’s no surprise that readers are better people. Having experienced someone else’s life through abstract eyes, they’ve learned what it’s like to leave their bodies and see the world through other frames of reference. They have access to hundreds of souls, and the collected wisdom of all them.
I don’t know why, this song always makes me feel sad…
it’s sad because it reminds you that every great adventure has to end, you must say goodbye to every friend eventually, and that the power of these experiences will live on only in your memories, and even if you do forget…. they live on through your actions and choices from then on.
so I guess in a way, they never really die. This is why my goal in life is to make good movies; to make adventures for people to experience, and for that experience to live forever in them.
After all you haven’t forgotten what you’ve learned from Spirited Away even if you’ve never put it into words, right??
“I used to think I was tough, but then I realized I wasn’t. I was fragile and I wore thick fucking armor. And I hurt people so they wouldn’t hurt me. And I thought that’s what being tough was but it isn’t.”—James Frey (via ohteenscanrelate)