Harlequin makeup practice #halloween
Cherish your solitude. Take trains by yourself to places you have never been. Sleep out alone under the stars. Learn how to drive a stick shift. Go so far away that you stop being afraid of not coming back. Say no when you don’t want to do something. Say yes if your instincts are strong, even if everyone around you disagrees. Decide whether you want to be liked or admired. Decide if fitting in is more important than finding out what you’re doing here. Believe in kissing.
Eve Ensler (via teenager90s)
There’s a lovely old English myth that if someone who truely loved and trusted the werewolf called it by name that it would turn back to human.
Others include throwing their human clothes at it and it’d turn back but that’s a bit less romantic
When someone calls you sensitive as if it’s a weakness, don’t listen to that. It isn’t a weakness, it’s a strength. If you are highly sensitive you are also probably very empathetic to others. You can tap into their emotions and actually physically experience them. Beautiful music or writing resonates with you on a deeper level and can bring you to tears. You are usually intuitive, creative & insightful. You may be so intuitive that you can even predict the future. You have a greater conscience & are less likely to harm others- especially those you love. You probably have the ability to connect with animals in a rare way. You experience pain on a grand scale, but you also experience love & happiness in the most powerful & passionate ways. So next time someone tells you that you’re “too sensitive”, just smile and tell them thanks.
Flowchart: David Foster Wallace On How To Live A Compassionate Life
In “This Is Water,” David Foster Wallace offers thoughts on living a compassionate life. Jessica Hagy beautifully illustrates them here.
If you’re automatically sure that you know what reality is, and you are operating on your default setting, then you, like me, probably won’t consider possibilities that aren’t annoying and miserable … But if you really learn how to pay attention, then you will know there are other options. It will actually be within your power to experience a crowded, hot, slow, consumer-hell type situation as not only meaningful, but sacred, on fire with the same force that made the stars: love, fellowship, the mystical oneness of all things deep down. (via Flowchart: David Foster Wallace On How To Live A Compassionate Life | Co.Design | business design)
Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift.
Mary Oliver (via introspectivepoet)