"When I was little, I thought being an adult was one of the greatest feat ever. I thought that if I reach adulthood, I would have all the knowledge in the world. I would be so great just like the people I looked up to then. I couldn’t wait to grow up and answer to myself. I would be able to do things on my own, without the aid of a helping hand. When I was little, I thought I would have everything figured out by the time I’m an adult. I’ve reached my teenage years and I’m close to being done with that milestone, and I still haven’t figured everything out. I don’t think I’ve even come close to reaching the half-point of it all. I’m far from an all-powerful oracle of knowledge. I’m far from being the best person that I have the potential to be. I still answer to many things besides myself (sometimes even more so to those than my own self). I still reach for a helping hand whenever things get rough, or even when they’re smooth sailing. I’m not sure where to begin and where to end, and if I even want to know at all. These restless feelings of lost and uncertainty are unnerving. Sometimes, I find myself awake at night wondering if I’ll ever figure things out. If I’ll ever find myself. If I’ll ever stop listening to outside voices, drown what needs to be forgotten, save what needs to be remembered, and live up to my potential. Sometimes, I wish I can go back in time and tell my younger self, “hush, dear child. Don’t rush your life. Look forward, but don’t step too forward too fast.” I wish I had someone then who warned me about growing up too fast."
"No one ever tells you that people will leave your life, unannounced. Sometimes they leave the earth, sometimes they just leave you. Things continue. Tomorrow you will wake up and the sun will be kissing your eyelids and it will be a new day for you to drink too much coffee and reread an old book. You will be okay. No one ever tells you that, either. Days will melt together like some candle you burned down to scraps, and seasons will change. You will fall in and out of love with yourself more times than you’ll ever be able to count. It is important to take the time to appreciate your own fingerprints, your own skin. There will be days when it is all you have."
—never forget to be kind to yourself. (via splitterherzen)
"When you talk, you are repeating what you already know. But if you listen, you may learn something new."
—TheDailyPositive.com (via thedailypozitive)
"Don’t ever feel bad for making a decision that upsets other people. You are not responsible for their happiness. You are responsible for your happiness."
—Isaiah Henkel (via onlinecounsellingcollege)
"Don’t you dare
For someone else’s comfort -
Do not become small
For people who refuse to grow."
—m.v., Advice to my future daughter, #2. (via pnko)
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"Nobody will protect you from your suffering. You can’t cry it away or eat it away or starve it away or walk it away or punch it away or even therapy it away. It’s just there, and you have to survive it. You have to endure it. You have to live through it and love it and move on and be better for it and run as far as you can in the direction of your best and happiest dreams across the bridge that was built by your own desire to heal."
—Cheryl Strayed (via wwwsally)