before you make fun of a person doing something brave and vulnerable like dancing or singing or reading poetry in front of a lot of people:

  1. don’t.
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Sometimes I lie awake at night, and I ask, ‘Where have I gone wrong’.
Then a voice says to me, ‘This is going to take more than one night.
― Charles M. Schulz (via bibliophilebunny)
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See, my whole life I measured my worth by my GPA and the number of teachers that had told me “good job”. Added on the number of hearts I broke divided by the number of those who broke mine. I took my height and weight in jumbled thoughts and totaled it all to a number so low I didn’t know it existed. My worth screamed you are nothing, and so I was. I talked less and I saw more and I became so full of anger that the few words that did escape my mouth were coated with bitterness that tasted vial in my mouth. I was nothing. I shrank. Because I knew I the negative space around me was more valuable than the space I actually occupied. Tell me who taught women to measure their self by the negative space around them? Who taught me the more I shrink the lovelier I will be? Don’t you know I just wanted to be beautiful? And things slipped. My grade, my performance, and I found myself at a rock bottom I never knew existed. The rocks were so sharp the pierced my sides. And I was nothing and if there was a word created that meant less than nothing I was that because I didn’t even know I deserved the right to feel.

But now I am something. And I know I am much more than my GPA or the number of “good jobs” I hear for some shitty piece of work I turned into my English professor because we don’t write about real things. I no longer focus on those who fall in love with me, because I’m in love with myself, and you can’t break a heart that’s not fully whole, but I’m okay with that, because my broken heart sings and beats and reminds me that I am a warrior. No one will stop me. My height and weight are no longer a matter of my worth for when I look in the mirror I no longer see numbers, but I see bright eyes and a big smile and someone who will change the world. I am no longer scared. I speak when I want and the words are no longer bitter. And I no longer feel guilty for feeling because I deserve to be angry and I deserve to be sad but most of all I deserve to be happy. And I am. And now I know that my worth could never be captured in a number, because I am priceless. And let me repeat, no one will stop me. Because now I am something.

― I am something (via brennanat)
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I hope you have the courage to pursue someone who is worth pursuing, and not someone who is convenient. Convenience is impatience disguised as your desires, you are worth more than what time has told you, you are worthy of finding someone who will wait for you; don’t settle for what is easy, settle for what is good.
― T.B. LaBerge // Go Now (via laurenarlene)

(Source: tblaberge)

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