To satiate my current hunger for Audrey Hepburn films, I watched Roman Holiday and Sabrina over the last two nights. I very much enjoyed Roman Holiday. It resonated with me for some reason. Sabrina, not so much. Still a decent film, but the first half of the film is surprisingly frustrating to watch.
There is so much to do, and so little time. Still, the harder I push for something in life the faster I burn out. Sometimes I wonder if I won’t be struggling against the tide for my entire life, reach the end, and have nothing to show for my troubles. This is probably my greatest fear – to put all this energy into creating something, to pour out everything and find that it wasn’t enough. I think of how pointless life is if luck is the only thing that will determine success. I try not to fall into that line of thought, however. Far too cynical, defeatist. If I find that I cannot enjoy something – if I’m so focused on the final product, I stop.
Finding joy in the process of things lowers the risk of it all being for nothing.
Living next to a city isn’t very fun when the few friends you have don’t ever go outside. There is so much to see and do – museums, aquariums, memorials, landmarks, concerts, plays, etc. The more time I spend being a hermit in my room, the dimmer and more dreary my life grows. Sometimes I just go out alone and see what there is to see, but I rarely enjoy it much. I don’t like spending that much time with my own mind. Thinking too much – being far too stoic – is a real problem for me. The more time I spend with my own mind, the more likely I am to lead myself down a dreary path. I have an inner-slant towards cynicism.
Cynicism is a poison. I could write for hours about the negative effects of cynicism in my life. It so heavily influences day-to-day decisions and attitudes that it can spread rot over every part your life when left unchecked. Letting cynicism reign free is like never cleaning your teeth – people will start falling out of your life…just like your teeth would if you didn’t brush them.
Anywho, tonight on the roster is Roman Holiday, Hepburn’s first big film! I’m gonna sit down with a cool glass of gin, fill out job applications, and watch this film.
I’ve got a few sets of dumbbells sitting in the trunk of my car – up to a pair of 35 lbs. I should really carry them up to my apartment, but they are oh-so-very heavy. Unfortunately, I live on the third floor of my apartment, which is not equipped with an elevator. I’d like the meet the engineers who decided that creating a multi-story building without an elevator was a good idea. Aren’t elevators required by law for handicap accessibility or something? Whatever. I don’t know why I’m paying so much for this place. Harken unto me! Change will be coming soon.
I spent this past weekend getting my hands on a bunch of classic Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly films. I amassed quite a number of them – enough to keep me watching for the rest of the semester, most probably.
On a different note, here is great song, performed live, from the new Young the Giant album:
I went to a mythical place yesterday. A place that, until recently, I thought was lost to the world forever. It was a video store. Strictly speaking, this particular location of ‘MovieStop’ (a branch off of GameStop) did not rent out movies, only sold them. I came across this magical place during my mostly fruitless search for classic Audrey Hepburn films. (Classic films are apparently a rarity these days. I would procure my copies by…less official means, but alas I live on a college campus.) Sadly, MovieStop only has a small collection of classic films for sale – but they are cheap, like the rest of the DVD’s sold there. I managed to find a copy of “Funny Face”. It was enjoyable…it had it’s charms, but I probably wouldn’t place it in my top 5 Hepburn films.
On a different note, I’ve recently been pondering the phrase “Art for Art’s Sake”. Every song I write is easier to flesh out then the one before it. I’m also excited less every time inspiration hits. I guess this is because I rarely see any reward for the love and care I put into a song. I suppose at this point I should just try and enjoy the process instead of expecting some kind of prize when I’m finished. The feeling is just so indeterminate. I have a couple people willing to listen, and I’d likely receive a pat on the back for my efforts, but I’d rather hide my creation forever than be patronized for it.
On a different, different note, I have been listening to the book “Kafka on the Shore” in audiobook format. I’d heard only great things about the book, but now, 4/5 of the way through, all I can say is that I despise this book. I deleted it off my phone without even getting to the end. The entire book was just really bad philosophy poorly disguised as storytelling, with the occasional graphic sexual scene thrown in for good measure…to each his own I guess.