"Luxury has never appealed to me."

Thursday, March 21, 2013

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“But luxury has never appealed to me, I like simple things, books, being alone, or with somebody who understands.”
--Daphne du Maurier
There are girls who will ask for clothes, and makeup, and shoes, but I am not one of them. I will ask for words, and stories, and ideas. I will ask strangers for memories, and friends for silence. There are girls who will ask for a life in lavish jewels and comfort. But I ask for a life that leaves me breathless. A life that burns me to the core; that leaves me lying there with an old book full of my adventures. I want to go everywhere and meet everyone and never look into a mirror ever again. I will see myself as the scars on my hands and the shape of my breath on a cold winter day. I won't die with diamonds around my neck, but with grass in my hair, sand between my toes, and a scream in my lungs.

-Megan

24 comments:

  1. I completely agree. TOTALLY. This describes me in so many ways. I especially love the last sentence, "I won't die with diamonds around my neck, but with grass in my hair, sand between my toes, and a scream in my lungs." :) Beautifully said, Megan.

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  2. ugh yes. love this so so much. ever since the third day here in el salvador i've hardly even kept up with physical appearance or worried about my clothes. (yes, i shower, wear deoderant and comb my hair. but thats pretty much it.) life is too short to be worried about things that won't last. and i've never wanted a big house or a lot of stuff. just the basics and a lot of memories. wildly extravagant memories with the best types of people. xx

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  3. Absolutely and completely stunning. Megan, you're incredible.

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  4. This is beautiful. Very inspiring. I now have an urge to go and write one of these, based on that quote, that applies to me. ;) But I like the idea...that you'd rather have stories than jewels, friendship than riches, etc...hm.

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  5. I could not have said it better. That quote.....that is really something. And you can see how directly it inspired this post. It was good that it was brief, because you really couldn't have said more. This line got me: "I will ask for words, and stories, and ideas. I will ask strangers for memories, and friends for silence." As a writer/aspiring journalist, I feel the same way. Thanks for writing this!

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    1. Thank you! I actually wrote a version of this a few months ago as day 25 of my 365 project. I found the quote this past week and decided to polish the older version and pair it with the quote for this post ;)

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  6. J'ADORE. this exactly describes what i feel. thank you for writing this. xx

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  7. Your writing is so beautiful - your heart is too. Keep up the good work! and I especially love the last line.

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  8. This is simply beautiful<3 I love your writing.

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  9. :) i want your window. xx

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    1. haha. old farmhouse windows are beautiful, but oh so drafty! ;)

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  10. oh, yes, this is just the best writing :) love this!

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  11. when i read this, i saw myself at the grand canyon. heights aren't something that have always appealed to me, but the grandeur of the sight itself drew me in. it's at places like that that i feel most alive. where the atmosphere is not disturbed by the world's junk, it's pure, the way God made it. so i saw myself at the grand canyon, right? and i was stand on that palette of like, a million colours. and below me were miles and miles of brilliantly coloured rocked and little streams and cacti and things like that. and before i knew it i found myself walking. and skipping. and then full-on running. and then i jumped off the rock. i know, right--jumped! it's something i would never imagine myself doing, and something i wouldn't really actually do. but the thing is, when i jumped, i took this massively deep breath. and i smelled the air rich with soil and hasty marriage proposals and wildflowers and toddlers finding out the things of their wildest dreams existed and i felt the sun's warmth on my back in the wind in my hair. but the funniest part about it was i didn't land on rocks. i didn't land on streams, i didn't land in the grass. i found myself flying, arms spread and lungs wide open. i saw this massively beautiful world from an entirely different perspective, and the best part was, as i read the last few words of your paragraph, i didn't even land.

    (basically that means i freaking love this post and i just wanna go out and like i don't know be profound and live and love and eat bunches of cupcakes and stuff like that so yes. this is beast.)

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    1. OKAY. I LOVE YOU!!! LONG COMMENTS ARE MY FAVORITE AND THIS IS KIND OF THE BEST THING EVER. AND HOW DID YOU EVEN GET THAT OUT OF ONE PARAGRAPH? I THINK I JUST DIED. kbye.

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  12. First of all, Hello! I'm Elisabeth:) I just found your blog through Erin and I am soo glad I did! Your thoughts are wonderfully deep and meaningful, but light and happy. Do you mind if I use some of your words to make a picture? I will email you with what I mean.
    That was confusing. Sorry:)
    So long,
    Elisabeth

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  13. BASICALLY this was BEAST and AMAZING and PROFOUND and WORTH ALL THE CAPS I'M PUTTING IN THIS INCOHERENT COMMENT.
    Megan the little intellectual writer. When you're famous, I'm just gonna be all like YEAH I KNOW HER LIKE I KNOW HER.

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    1. SAME HERE, GIRL. Let's not forget about each other when we're famous, okay? We'll just be like "yeah, we're cool. we know each other." ;)

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  14. Megan, I was seriously going to write a post about this a few days ago, but I couldn't get the words right, so I set it aside. Congrats on making this so stunning, thoughtful and true! <3

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  15. Basically I'm at a loss for words. Yep. You've done it. You've zapped the words from my brain. Or maybe there are no words to describe how beautiful this is. It's just my favorite ok? K.

    -Madi

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  16. Wow. Speechless! You have a way with words. All I can say is... keep writing!!

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    1. Thank you! I don't think I could ever stop writing ;)

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  17. What a beautiful post Megan, :)

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