Heather Havrilesky on living

“It’s hard to live in the moment, to exist locally and think locally and emote locally. Something in my pocket is always buzzing. People far away expect quick answers to every passing question. Why do we live this way? I just want to slow down. I want to pull the shutters closed and block out the world. I want to spend hours gluing things together. I want to fill my house with tiny bits of collected junk. The more I have, the more I realize that all that matters is the small discoveries, the little interactions, the improvised, messy, glued-together moments that lie at the center of our happiness. Everything else is just a distraction.”

— Heather Havrilesky, What If This Were Enough?