I am reading Infinite Jest again. I can’t seem to stay away from it, despite its 1000+ pages and profound sadness.
I may turn this page into a David Foster Wallace quotes pages, but today I really just want to share one thing I’ve picked out of the book. It may be my favorite thing that DFW ever wrote.
You’ll worry less about what people think about you when you realize how seldom they do
I love that.
I’d be surprised if the sentence always made Wallace feel better. Everything I’ve read about him suggest that he truly did care what people thought about him, but I can still believe that he believed it was true.
The age of social media makes it easy for me to think that everyone spends their day doing nothing but wondering what I’m up to/thinking/eating/writing/reading.
Of course it’s not true. If someone truly spends all their time thinking about you, there’s a good chance they’re peering in your window right now, unbeknownst to you, savoring some unholy fantasy. Don’t turn around!
I hope your Tuesday is going well. I’m already annoyed by mine.