“I’m at the gas station,” I said. “I’m leaving now.” The gas line clunked and the numbers on the pump stopped climbing. I pulled the nozzle out of the tank and clicked it back into place. “Okay. Text me when you get home.” “Bye, Mom. I love you.” I unplugged the white headphones, rolled them
The screen dimmed. The credits began to roll. I let out a sigh and untensed my shoulders. Behind us, as moviegoers shuffled out through the rows, I heard dark, muttered comments and one loud “That was the worst movie I’ve ever seen!” We’d just seen “Sorry to Bother You,” a trippy, surrealist movie that starts
Do you ever start to feel like you have a handle on a concept or principle, and then something happens that turns everything you thought you knew on its head and also smacks you in the face? I’ve been reading books and blogs, keeping up with the news, listening to podcasts that broaden my perspective.
From childhood, we learn to crave happy endings. We chase transformation, completion, emergence, That eternally-elusive end result—the one that renders us whole, at last. Real life doesn’t happen in tidy acts. The plot twists don’t always resolve themselves. The hero doesn’t save the day, the princess falls in love with the villain. Real life doesn’t
We are a generation distracted. But who can blame us? Social media interaction aside, our attention is pulled in a hundred directions every minute. We feel constantly busy but can’t pinpoint the reasons why. The direction we’re moving in may be unknown, but we have to keep moving because the hustle doesn’t wait for anyone.
Here is a place To consider the journey as it’s happening To hone in on the present To honestly examine To pay attention to pain To remedy false, fast narratives on social media To consider the minutiae and the mundane To be still To laugh and be silly To be half-formed, unsure, nascent To fumble
Life is messy. Life is weird. Sometimes you just have to laugh at the world. Here at WHILST, we have a great appreciation for words and writing—we love reading about personal journeys and reflections. We find joy in experiencing another person’s moment of revelation or understanding. But that’s not everything, is it? Despite our best