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The long road back to myself

Jonah Beukman's LJ

13 February
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Hello, everybody, we're glad that you're here.

My name is Jonah and I live in Norwood, Massachusetts but will soon live in Worcester, MA as a student of Clark University! It feels so weird to have to describe oneself so I guess I'll do it through the overuse of adjectives: I'm intelligent, enthusiastic, compassionate, clumsy, semi-introverted, creative, strong-willed, independently minded, etc. I can most easily describe my philosophies on life through quotes, so I'll go that now.

"I don't care if they eat me alive
I've got better things to do than survive..." - Ani DiFranco

"Just the kindness I've lavished on strangers is more than I can explain..." - Ani

"Maybe the most that we can do is just to see each other through it..." - Ani

"We get a little further from perfection
each year on the road
I think that's called character
I think that's just the way it goes
But it's better to be dusty
than polished like some store window manequin
touch me where I'm rusty
let me stain your hands" - Ani (yet again, see a pattern here?)

"The world owes us nothing
but we owe each other the world..." - Ani DiFranco

"Everything I do is judged
I mostly get it wrong, oh well
'cause the bathroom mirror has not budged
and the woman who lives there can tell
the truth from the stuff that they say
she looks me in the eye
says "would you prefer it the easy way?"
"no, well, okay then, don't cry"" - Ani DiFranco

"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire." - William Butler Yeats

"I believe in the power of words to change the world." - Elizabeth Sweeny

"We're only as loud as the noises we make." - Ani

"I fight fire with words
words are hotter than flames
words are wetter than water..." - Ani

"Why we all gotta look
why we gotta all act the same
I say, if you're born a lion
don't bother tryin' to act tame..." - Ani

"Then all of a sudden, you'd never guess what I saw on the wall. Another "Fuck you." It was written with red crayon or something, right under the glass part of the wall, under the stones.

That's the whole trouble. You can't ever find a place that's nice and peaceful, because there isn't any. You may think there is, but once you get there, when you're not looking, somebody'll sneak right up and write "Fuck you" right under your nose. Try it sometime. I think, even, if I ever die, and they stick me in a cemetary, and I have a tombstone and all it'll say "Holden Caufield" on it, and then what year I was born and what year I died, and right ynder that it'll say "Fuck you." I'm positive, in fact."

- Holden Caufield, A Catcher in the Rye

"What can't we face if we're together?" - OMWF

"The hardest thing in this world is to live in it." - OMWF

I could go on forever with quotage, but I'll stop while all you readers still have sanity. FYI, I used to be jb_503 as an LJ name, but I wanted a makeover of my LJ for various reasons. What else is there to know about me? Politically, I'm definitely lean to the left, but the extremity of my political viewpoints change from time to time or from issue to issue. I'm also Jewish, was once a vegetarian, love to read/write, swim, talk on the phone, hang out with friends, talk on the phone, shop, snuggle, sleep, go to movies, theater, and art shows, listen to the radio, watch TV and DVD's, etc. I aspire to be a professor an a writer on the side.

Lastly, my new LJ username is derived from my favorite poem: "To a Waterfowl" by William Cullen Bryant. This poem describes a bird who moves across the sky dodging every possible obstacle that comes before her because of its independence. The bird, who moves alone, is
described as "Lone wandering, but not lost". This is how I see and would like to describe myself. Although I have wonderful friends who I love dearly, I can also be a loner. I like to approach both goals, obstacles, and hardships independently because I feel that achieving triumph alone is more of an accomplishment. I think that I am often perceived by many people as a loner, and while this is true, I feel that I'm a loner who knows himself fully and has achieved many successes.

I think that was supposed to be deep or something. :-)

Thanks for taking the time to read about me, everyone. Take care.

~ Jonah