Push & Pull

“I like highlighting things in my Kindle,” I said.

He laughed.

“I don’t get it, what’s so funny?”

I enjoy flipping through the physical pages of a book more so than clicking buttons and reading from a screen. At the same time, with a Kindle there’s no fear of dog-earing or annotating a mint condition special edition autographed hard cover book, either. (At that point, do you even read the book anymore? It’s, at most, become a glorified paper weight.)

I recently read Mitch Albom’s Tuesdays with Morrie (I want to say I’ve read this before sometime in middle school, but maybe that was his The Five People You Meet in Heaven), and I did a lot of Kindle highlighting.

I’ve simultaneously been a little too caught up with CW’s Riverdale, taken in by the allure of (let’s be real – Cole Sprouse) a modern twist on the American classic – Archie comics. You don’t remember seeing them in the magazine shelves before checking out at your neighborhood grocery store? I must be getting old then.

Anyway, finishing up the book (and season 1) got me thinking about where I want to be, where I am now, the things I need to finish, the things I want to enjoy, who I want to become, and who I presently am.

These seemingly contradicting paradoxical pushes and pulls couldn’t have been articulated better myself —

“Have I told you about the tension of opposites?”, he says.

The tension of opposites?

“Life is a series of pulls back and forth. You want to do one thing, but you are bound to do something else. Something hurts you, yet you know it shouldn’t. You take certain things for granted, even when you know you should never take anything for granted.

A tension of opposites, like a pull on a rubber band. And most of us live somewhere in the middle.”

– Morrie, from Tuesdays with Morrie

The book is chockfull of Morrie’s aphorisms and is a rather quick read – I would recommend it as a light pairing to the other media you’re currently consuming.

And as for Riverdale — catch Season 1 on Netflix! Season 2 comes out this fall. It’s got an attractive cast for sure, and the colors and lighting are just mesmerizing in some of the scenes. But without its ever-evolving mysteries, I’m not sure how much the plot has going for it.

Photo shot by @masonchan_.


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