Dear Diary

October 2, 2013

Goodbye to all that.


I hear bells ringing from the church down the street and I feel reality vibrate away with them. I know that the surprise day off from class is no more or less real than any other day, but it slips from me like a dream even as I am living it.

A freshman and I set out into what would be woods except for the fact that they don’t extend very far. They’re like a kiddie version of the big scary woods, set near the edge of our campus, so civilians from town go there to hike the trail—couples and dogs and gorgeous, gorgeous old women with long gray hair and artisanal barrettes. There’s a pond that runs into a creek and a place where there’s slightly more water and people swim. There are rocks and trees and prayer flags and the occasional tent.

We get to the swimming area, glance at a sign that tells us that the water is not safe to swim in half the time, take off our clothes, and wade in in our underwear. The deeper we get the colder the water feels, and the more we gasp in pain and stretch our bodies upwards—then we get used to it and begin to swim in circles. We talk and slowly lose our dexterity as our blood chills.

We eventually move our things to the other side of the creek—slowly because our frozen hands are like paws and our legs don’t respond very quickly—and walk through high grass to arrive at a dirt track surrounding a field of wheat. The sun and heat are more profound here. They are just what they are. We walk the track then run back to stand at the side of a trail in a few feet of light—thawing statues baffling runners.

I feel guilty every time I listen to a song or spend too long in the shower or walk around outside for five minutes, because I know I have work to catch up on—and beyond that, general life intelligence to catch up on. But today we spend all day doing nothing and end it at a restaurant with a stupid name and a stupid font on the menus and eat our entire plate of enchiladas and nonsense. I return to my dorm, glance at my assignments, and go to sleep. I felt grateful. The day feels like a little smooch on the top of my head, muffled by hair. ♦


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  • Viaperson October 2nd, 2013 7:30 PM

    britney!!! i just want to tell you HOW MUCH i remember feeling exactly the way you do, and how beautifully you articulate those feelings. you are such an interesting and intelligent person and the fact that you fight back against your sadness at all is a testament to your strength :) your school’s philosophy club sounds like a magical place to grow intellectually and socially. sending luuuv (from 5 years in the future <3)

  • runitss October 2nd, 2013 7:33 PM

    Britney, are you me? Serious… I’ve also been in a “CREATE EVERYTHING UNTIL I RUN OUT OF INSPIRATION, OR UNTIL THIS PHASE GOES AWAY.” It’s kind of nice. I’m still doing terribly, but the creation is helping me cope.

  • o-girl October 2nd, 2013 7:39 PM

    britney. in love with your words. in love with your ideas. I have got no idea how to congratulate you on being wonderful, but you are, you are very special.

  • Amal October 2nd, 2013 7:56 PM

    Britney’s entry was my favorite. I’m in high school and I feel the same way. Everything’s really confusing but there also safe places which make things just a little bit better. Thanks for helping us feel less alone :)

  • thebrownette October 2nd, 2013 8:34 PM

    I feel ya Naomi. There’s nothing weirder than looking at old photos of you and someone you used to know but are no longer close with..

  • Helena K. October 2nd, 2013 8:44 PM

    Oh my god, ruby. I don’t want to say you made me cry, cause I never cry, but your piece affected me in a way nothing has for a while.

  • Ruby B. October 2nd, 2013 8:56 PM

    Naomi, I’m so happy for you to have this opportunity to start fresh and that you aren’t drowning in heartbreak like some would. You are beautiful, lady ❤

  • alexisapunk October 2nd, 2013 9:35 PM

    Ruby just gets me ya know:’) This entry was so perfect I just need to read this for the rest of my life!

  • GlitterKitty October 2nd, 2013 10:32 PM

    Katherine, I really love your article this week. “I feel guilty every time I listen to a song or spend too long in the shower or walk around outside for five minutes, because I know I have work to catch up on” Is so true and relevant in my life right now. I get so overwhelmed and stressed about schoolwork and it’s just really nice to know that someone else is feeling this way and is brave enough to write about it. Thanks so much.

  • Maki Unicorn October 3rd, 2013 12:57 AM

    Oh, Ruby! Please, don’t panic, take it easy. It’s ok to have a boyfriend. You should just make sure that he is a good guy. And if he is, let him be near you.

    I remember myself crying on my friend’s lap when a guy asked me out: “Oh my god! It means we’ll have to kiss each other and even have sex! Will I survive?!”

    But I knew, he was a good person, and eventually everything went ok. We’ve been together for two years already. So, I want to wish you good luck! Just don’t overreact.

  • soup October 3rd, 2013 1:46 AM

    britney! what an amazing post. its so good to be in the state of mind where all you want to do is make, make, make!!

    naomi… :(

    that’s all

    • soup October 3rd, 2013 1:46 AM

      also… this collage is wonderful!

  • rhymeswithorange October 3rd, 2013 2:23 AM

    Katherine!! I am so happy that you are having a grand ol’ time (at least for a day)! Also this entry is super beautifully written, congrats man.

  • enthusiastictruckdriver October 3rd, 2013 12:39 PM

    Britney, I feel exactly the same now that I’ve moved into my new school. Stay strong and don’t be afraid of the occasional slips into sadness–I feel them all the time, and I’ve found that the best way of dealing with them is just to accept that this is not the permanent state of things, and that I will feel this way many times before I find myself in a place where I feel peaceful and happy. I hope that helps and I hope you have a wonderful week :)

  • sedgwick October 4th, 2013 8:47 AM

    Katherine you write BRILLIANTLY

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  • thelilacparadox October 4th, 2013 9:47 AM

    I especially loved the diaries this week. It’s like all the writers wanted to convey exactly one moment in time. Sometimes those one moments are when you feel the most emotion and contemplate life the most.

    You are all beautiful.

  • Gwendolen October 4th, 2013 4:45 PM

    The thing I love about these entries is that they are all so different, so I feel ok with my individual life, but have common themes, so I feel united :)

  • La Fille October 6th, 2013 4:22 PM

    Naomi, I just wanted to say thank you so much for writing about this because I’ve been there. Actually, I’m in this situation right now.

  • Eli October 9th, 2013 2:42 AM

    Your diary entries are beautiful.
    Thank you.
    I hope you have a nice week.