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Three years today since my dad died. Shame he never knew me as an adult (I was 19) because I’m a bloody great one. He died of a sudden, out-of-nowhere stroke while I was at VidCon and he was at home in London. He was out of it straight after but still kind of there and then he died a couple of days later. 1 in 5 strokes are fatal & annually, worldwide, approx 15 million people have a stroke. To help work towards making these statistics less depressing, read up on The Stroke Association here: http://www.stroke.org.uk
Rosianna is a bloody good adult.
Rosianna was one of the first readers of Looking for Alaska, has been a nerdfighter since the very first vlogbrothers video was uploaded, and now works as my assistant (although that job title rather underplays her importance to me and to the nerdfighter community).
Three years ago today, she became the first teenager ever to read The Fault in Our Stars. Her dad had just died, and she was stuck at Vidcon. I never imagined then that she would become such a bloody good adult, or that she’d become such a close friend and collaborator.
But I have always known Rosianna to be a person of excellent judgement, blistering intelligence, and great competence. And while I know that her dad would have so much to be proud of today, he had much to be proud of then as well.
My life lately? It’s been everything my dreamy heart could hope for. Amazing instant connections with wonderful people. Strengthening bonds of friendships with people I’d already known…but forging the river where you know you’re real friends and not just, oh I was around friends. Dates and magic and phone calls. Hotels and pizza and flowers and art and guitars and songs, real songs for me, about me. Sunrises and sunsets and driving miles and miles. Friends and lovers and just hearts poured out wide open. Strangers who are only strangers for a moment before they’re your new friend. Concerts and good food and coffee and laughter and kisses and connections. So many connections. Communication, ten-fold. So much communication - I didn’t know people existed who communicate like this consistently. To not be wondering where you stand with someone, to not be wondering how they feel, or what they’re thinking? It’s all just so…fascinating.
fish wall downtown. #latergram #psj #raindaywandering #downtown #art