Today, I’m thankful for the girls that make me laugh harder than anyone in the world.
For motorcycles and chocolate chip cookies. For Amsterdam and new beginnings. For new books and gold nail polish. For laughing and laughing and laughing and laughing. For three in one fitting room, laughing out in roars and ugly clothes, “no, bend over, you have to make sure it fits! Bend farther! Bounce up and down!” until our sides shudder and our cheeks hurt from the laughter. Until we’ve started to cry laughing from “pretending” we like kale so much it hurts. Until we all tragically lose or tragically win a game of beer pong. Until we all drive home safe and happy and together again for one more good night’s sleep.
The times they may be changing, but the best things seem to stay the same.
Today we rode through Green Valley, even though it wasn’t green. The bike is small, just a starter, but it’s everything to us. A representation of times gone by but yet to come, a past and a future. A reminder of the vast expanse of things hinted at for the last twenty years. I climbed on the back and felt the vibrations so hard I could have sworn my limbs had fallen asleep into pins and needles.
I dip my head back and taste the sky. Today is a good, good day.
The wind whips at my helmet. The sun scorches down on our backs. We rumble and tuck between the hills and I realize that I’m feeling lucky. Yesterday the ikea catalogue came (unrequested) to my mailbox, and I felt my fists flying and had the urge to burn down my apartment. The first rule of fight club is that you don’t talk about fight club. I’m getting back to basics. Feeling primitive and decorating with dirt. I’m painting the Swiss Alps on my refrigerator. I’m writing a novel.
I dance around the room, shadow boxing. Punch and pull, float and fly, I’m ripping my enemies to shreds. It’s four in the morning and I’ve conquered yesterday and am part way through tomorrow. Lemme at ‘em.
Today is a good day. I’m all power and fire and light. There’s no stopping me. I am Alan fucking Ginsburg, I am Susan B. Anthony, I’m every woman, it’s all in me.
Some moments you know you really can do anything. Some loves really can conquer all. Sometimes, if you peel off all of the layers you gained getting knocked around and jaded, you find the passions that ultimately save you. Sometimes just a touch is enough. I am fire in the sky, I am Natalie fucking Portman, I am the kiss you’ll always remember.
The first rule of fight club is that you don’t talk about fight club. The second rule of fight club is that you don’t talk about fight club. The secret of fight club is all the stuff you can’t talk about (I am Voltaire!) so I’m stripping myself free of the extraneous, and climbing on for the ride. The wind whistles through my helmet. Today the happiness soars through me. I’m rummaging through old pictures in my head. I am seeking out the obvious. I am thanking my lucky stars. I am Jonathan Frazen, I am Elvis and Oprah, I am oblivious to anything that gets in my way.
Maybe this happiness is crazy, but I’ll take it.