Today I found myself

standing in the business school cafeteria, deciding whether I should get the standard oatmeal white chocolate or the double chocolate cookie when it occurred to me that as I am here, in this moment, there are others in the world who are getting married, having kids, starting companies, having moments, dear fleeting moments which may have only lasted a couple seconds but will be with them forever. People are laughing from their core, crying from their soul, enduring the high peaks and dark valleys that life forever offers. People are starting revolutions, babies are being born, music is being composed, money is being made, dreams are being fulfilled. Parents are applauding their children, seasons are changing, blue-collars are working double-shifts. And while this whirlwind of activity is sweeping up all of humankind, here I am, thinking about which cookie I should eat.

If you care to know, I went with the oatmeal white chocolate.

Amazing Book

“It was a dark little tale about man who found a magic cup and learned that if he wept into the cup, his tears turned into pearls. But even though he had always been poor, he was a happy man and rarely shed a tear. So he found ways to make himself sad so that his tears could make him rich. As the pearls piled up, so did his greed grow. The story ended with the man sitting on a mountain of pearls, knife in hand, weeping helplessly into the cup with his beloved wife’s slain body in his arms”

– Kite Runner

Good-ish Read

Not an enormous fan, but good points in between. We all find something ‘close to home’ when it resonates with our own experience, right? In the somewhat disgusting, and absolutely twisted world of the Pakistani-American matrimonial experience, where your pedigree, socioeconomic standing, and Medical Doctor certification are more important to a suitor than if you are a vigorous and adamant pedophile, this paragraph stuck out to me:

‘You choose your words carefully. Never say the words that gave away your improper pedigree, avoid the words you never learned to say. Google big words before saying them just to make sure you are using them correctly. Be carefully vague. Say your Mom works ‘at the airport’ instead of as a cashier in the airport parking lot. Say Dad was an engineer and is now semi-retired. There’s no need for them to hear your family‚Äôs survival stories. Talk about how your parents own their house, but don’t talk about how it was almost taken away, or how you the roof leaks now and there’s no money to fix it. When they ask, ‘Why don’t you put it on your credit card?’ pretend you don’t have credit cards for ethical reasons, not because you wouldn’t be approved for one.’

Read it here