You don’t have to get a job that makes others feel comfortable about what they perceive as your success. You don’t have to explain what you plan to do with your life. You don’t have to justify your education by demonstrating its financial rewards. You don’t have to maintain an impeccable credit score. Anyone who expects you to do any of those things has no sense of history or economics or science or the arts.
You have to pay your own electric bill. You have to be kind. You have to give it all you got. You have to find people who love you truly and love them back with the same truth.
“I love black coffee because i like how bitter it is on my tongue, disturbing all the words I never said. I like how it feels when you kiss someone you don’t know because you don’t ever have to see them again & kisses are like hugs except different. I like the sound of hitting a tennis ball so hard you hear the strings breaking in on your brand new racket. I like the feeling of being alone in my house but i like the thought of us being alone together. I don’t know what color my soul is. I’ve been told im a good person but i like dark things. I don’t see in black & white but sometimes I feel that way.”—a.w || Make me feel something (via mcdipshit)
“I think one of the greatest gifts writers can give each other is the act of simple witness. To say to each other: I believe you and I believe in you and I want you to keep on keeping on because that’s the only way. Write that story or poem or essay or novel or play or advice column that you feel compelled to write, no matter what the market says.”—Cheryl Strayed, from Buzzfeed Book’sWriterly Friendships: Cheryl Strayed, Lidia Yuknavitch, And Suzy Vitello (via therumpus)
“When I was younger I read a lot of books about how to write–or more specifically How to Be A Writer–and they were so, so bad for me. I think they set me back like ten or fifteen years as a writer; I didn’t need to find my creativity, I just needed to quit romanticizing and write. I’m still drawn to them, though.”—The Banal and the Profane: Imogen Binnieon the Lambda Literary website - read the entire amazing article here. (via topsidepress)
“And I, infinitesimal being,
drunk with the great starry
likeness, image of
I felt myself a pure part
of the abyss,
I wheeled with the stars,
my heart broke loose on the wind.”—Pablo Neruda, 100 Love Sonnets (via loveyourchaos)
“Not all toxic people are cruel and uncaring. Some of them love us dearly. Many of them have good intentions. Most are toxic to our being simply because their needs and way of existing in the world force us to compromise ourselves and our happiness. They aren’t inherently bad people, but they aren’t the right people for us. And as hard as it is, we have to let them go. Life is hard enough without being around people who bring you down, and as much as you care, you can’t destroy yourself for the sake of someone else. You have to make your wellbeing a priority. Whether that means breaking up with someone you care about, loving a family member from a distance, letting go of a friend, or removing yourself from a situation that feels painful — you have every right to leave and create a safer space for yourself.”—Daniell Koepke