“There’s nothing wrong with being happy. There’s nothing wrong with enjoying something so much that it strips away all that irony and cynicism. And there’s nothing wrong with loving anything so much that it feels like it could pull your heart out of your chest and toss it on the floor. We build ourselves up to not do that, and then we build up the armor so thickly that we have trouble finding what’s underneath. We use that as an excuse to lash out at people who do feel stuff, who do like things (and I am, of course, mostly saying this about myself). It’s hard sometimes to remember that the world isn’t a place to glide through, so nothing can touch you. It’s a place to be experienced.”—Todd VanDerWerff (via monkeyknifefight)
“It’s not uncommon for someone to have doubts or experience real and deep struggles. Sometimes life is very hard. In those moments, you can expect the lies to come. If you are ever having a hard time and facing a pain that you don’t know what to do with, talk to someone you trust. The enemy wants to isolate you, but don’t let that happen. Reach out to someone and talk to them about what you are feeling and thinking. Don’t believe the lie that nobody cares. Don’t believe the lie you aren’t worth anything.”—
“I started to carry chalk around with me. I ride my bike a lot, so, I’d ride my bike over to people’s houses and leave them messages in chalk on their sidewalk. I set up a couple of systems with people where, when they got home, they would put something in the window, like a stuffed dog, or put a pumpkin up on the ledge that meant ‘Hey, I’m here. Come talk.’ I started having fun trying to dream up different ways to get people’s attention.”—Jake Reilly, a 24-year-old college student who gave up his cellphone, email and social media for 90 days. He says that, among other things, the experiment taught him that some people he thought were close friends really weren’t that close after all, and he thinks it helped him get back together with a girlfriend. Read our whole interview with him. (via yahoonews)
“People seem to really want to hate on the MPDG stereotype in movies, and I’m not entirely sure why. What’s so horribly wrong with having a childlike zest for life and using that to bust someone else out of a rut? If you want to object to a movie having a female character who only exists to advance the male protagonist’s storyline, so be it, but that’s true for a lot of female personalities in a lot of movies. Don’t tear down the manic pixie personality. The world’s a dark enough place enough of the time, let’s celebrate the people who try and bring a little more lightness to it.”—
Hmm…interesting. As someone whose been stereotyped by some as a MPDG a few times, it really sucks that whenever I’m not all bubbles and wit that I’m dismissed completely. No one ever questions why I try to be so positive and upbeat and most people seem to appreciate it. However, why is it that when I (or a character) show any type negative emotion or character flaw I become a bitch or scary or a mental case? A lot of us who try to live on the lighter side of life are doing so because we’ve seen how dark it can get and I wish that part of my experience was better represented in the trope.
“Because one believes in oneself, one doesn’t try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn’t need others’ approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.”—Lao Tzu (via misswallflower)
I could wish that my family (immediate and extended) would act normal for more than 48 hours, but instead I’ll wish that they get treatment, that I continue with mine, and that this wave of anxiety/OCD madness passes.
“The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on, or blame. The gift is yours. It is an amazing journey, and you alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins.”—Bob Moawad (via julie911)
“God does not look down on gay people. He loves everyone equally.”—
I’m really incredibly proud that my mom said this to my dad. I know not everyone who reads my blog will agree with the sentiment or the religious concepts behind it, but the world changes through small statements like this.
“So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.”—