Updated with new remarks from the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee
The Guardian’s report, put together by Kathmandu-based journalist and teacher Pete…
You have to understand
If I’m not there for a very long time
It’s not because I don’t care about you the exact same amount I always have or more
It’s because it’s become next to impossible to see you with all the things that life has been throwing at us
It’s because I find it very hard to be there for someone when they clearly don’t need it.
I find it hard to share your happiness.
But your sadness, I would rather take all of.
You should always know, that if you ever need me, I will be there as much as I possibly can.
I will go to the ends of what I can give at that instance.
You should never ever doubt that.
But please, understand that there are others I give the same amount of love to and they need me at times too. And sometimes 2 or 3 people at once. So understand that it’s hard for me to share your good times when I am so focused on protecting others from their worst demons.
And understand that I have demons too. That I am weak too. That I may, once in a blue moon, ask for a shoulder and I do expect it, because rejection and dejection is what led me here in the first place.
Understand if I don’t find it easy to forgive your simple blunder. Understand that my heart was already in pieces when you came along and sprinkled a side helping of vinegar on the wounds.
Please understand. I do beg of you.
I’m getting tired and life’s getting old.
I don’t know where my limit lies, but I know I get closer to it with some faster than others.
I hope you aren’t the one that breaks me forever.
I hope I don’t have to be broken forever.
Hiba Ali (via amindinthemaking)
My goal as a writer is to do as much as possible at one time. Life itself is so cacophonous and complex. It’s not that I want to create a cacophony, but I want to do justice to the complexity around us. I don’t want to oversimplify it. I want to take one thing and build from that, and then keep building, until I begin to approximate the complexity of the world and our perceptions of it.
Happy birthday, Jennifer Egan! Celebrate with her 12 favorite words and her wisdom on writing, from the altogether fantastic My Ideal Bookshelf – portraits of famous creators through the spines of their favorite books. Here are Egan’s:
- Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
- The Image: A Guide to Pseudo-Events in America by Daniel J. Boorstin
- Don Juan by Lord Byron
- The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing
- Good Morning, Midnight by Jean Rhys
- Emma by Jane Austen
- Middlemarch by George Eliot
- The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman by Laurence Sterne
- Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
- Underworld by Don DeLillo
- The Transit of Venus by Shirley Hazzard
- The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton