"I used to tell myself in the mornings
that I’d grow out of this soon. That in seven years
I’d be wearing a completely new skin than the one
I wore then. What I didn’t say were these scars,
these eyes, this mouth, these bones… they’re all
here to stay. I thought that if I waited long enough
I could be a new person. That by the time I was 20
I would be every kind of gorgeous, every kind of
confident. But here I sit with six months to go and
I still avoid mirrors, I still can’t look most strangers
in the eye. I look back at my thirteen year old self
that had so much faith in the person I am now and
I feel like I’ve let her down. My teacher, he tells us
to write “this body will be a corpse” on every mirror
we face each morning to remind ourselves that life
is short. I don’t want my gravestone to say Here
lies a girl who never believed any part of her was
good enough. So this Valentine’s Day, I’m making
a resolution for self-love. And maybe by the eleventh
of August, I’ll turn to the mirror and look myself
in the eye."
Kelsey Danielle, “Smoke and Mirrors” (via pigmenting)
i will be 20 too then, and hopefully my 13 year old self would have seen something beautiful here
"Never apologize for how you feel. No one can control how they feel. The sun doesn’t apologize for being the sun. The rain doesn’t say sorry for falling. Feelings just are"
- Iain S. Thomas, Intentional Dissonance (via unfunnydad)
(Source: cratur, via thirteenpastmidnight)
"We’re socialized to “let you down easy.” We’re not socialized to say a clear and direct “no.” We’re socialized to speak in hints and boost egos and let people save face. People who don’t respect the social contract (rapists, predators, assholes, pickup artists) are good at taking advantage of this. “No” is something we have to learn. “No” is something we have to earn. In fact, I’d argue that the ability to just say “no” to something, without further comment, apology, explanation, guilt, or thinking about it is one of the great rites of passage in growing up, and when you start saying it and saying it regularly the world often pushes back. And calls you names"
- The art of “no.” (via menstruate)
(Source: queerintersectional, via thirteenpastmidnight)
"Go after her. Fuck, don’t sit there and wait for her to call, go after her because that’s what you should do if you love someone, don’t wait for them to give you a sign cause it might never come, don’t let people happen to you, don’t let me happen to you, or her, she’s not a fucking television show or tornado. There are people I might have loved had they gotten on the airplane or run down the street after me or called me up drunk at four in the morning because they need to tell me right now and because they cannot regret this and I always thought I’d be the only one doing crazy things for people who would never give enough of a fuck to do it back or to act like idiots or be entirely vulnerable and honest and making someone fall in love with you is easy and flying 3000 miles on four days notice because you can’t just sit there and do nothing and breathe into telephones is not everyone’s idea of love but it is the way I can recognize it because that is what I do. Go scream it and be with her in meaningful ways because that is beautiful and that is generous and that is what loving someone is, that is raw and that is unguarded, and that is all that is worth anything, really."
- Harvey Milk (via uoa)
On the left we have the lyrics from Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines. On the right we rape survivors participating in Project Unbreakable, showing the various things that were said to them by their rapist.
From the Mouths of Rapist: The Lyrics to Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines
for people who are like “but it’s just a song…”
(Source: gaspardu, via thirteenpastmidnight)
"I sometimes think that people’s hearts are like deep wells. Nobody knows what’s at the bottom. All you can do is imagine by what comes floating to the surface every once in a while."
- Haruki Murakami, from Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman (Vintage International, 2007)
(Source: fables-of-the-reconstruction, via thirteenpastmidnight)
I’m scared that people would lie to me or are lying to me. Compliments like “you’re so pretty” or “I love you” make me uncomfortable because I always think these are just made up things to make me feel better or because people feel obliged to tell me that for whatever reason.
(Source: nitorikohai, via thirteenpastmidnight)
"Every day I discover more and more beautiful things. It’s enough to drive one mad. I have such a desire to do everything, my head is bursting with it."
- Claude Monet (via psych-facts)
if you ever feel like you dont deserve the affection someone is giving you, stop thinking that. clearly they see something in you that maybe you dont see but they know its there. and everyone deserves love and affection. everyone.
(Source: moreorjess, via thirteenpastmidnight)