SCORPIO: You’ve brushed so much under the rug that it’s become noticeable. There’s now a lump to avoid in the center of your floor and the only thing left to do is confront it.
Sometimes, I resent that my heart invests so deeply. I’m upset that I can’t just walk away.
Are you a Buffy fan? Do your interests also include speaking at length about natal charts at parties? Then look no further! Let me welcome you to a place where Buffy The Vampire Slayer and astrology collide!
That afternoon I was trying to press my soft body up against something hard and rough, industrial but wearing human skin.
You don’t realize that she’s hurting, because she’s perfected her fake smile, her fake laugh. She knows how to look like she’s having the time of her life when she’s secretly dying inside. She knows how to fool you into believing she’s okay.
Have you tried exercising?
Just because you are going through hell right now, doesn’t mean you will never ever smile again. Pain is purely temporary. Remember that before you give up and decide you will never be whole again.
Keep growing. Keep waiting for that day that fabled teenage sex-drive kicks in for you and you find the opposite sex irresistible. Keep waiting.
Forever means that you never get to stop growing, as an individual or as a couple. Because the second you turn your back on growth—on the sheer will and work it takes to evolve, as people and as partners—your relationship will begin to erode.
Oh, so Kathy, who I used to watch throw up just so she could drink more, is now expecting her first kid? Great. This block of cheddar cheese and I are expecting our first baby too.
When your friends are having trouble in their relationships, you often know before they do.
You are worth so much more than #travel. You are worth an imprint on this world, something that people will remember you for!
I will gut you if I need to.
I will carve my way out
with only my teeth.
The scene in Best in Show where the pet shop employee has the audacity to suggest that a fish is the same as a bee hit way too close to home. Your dog would absolutely be able to tell the difference. People these days…
Romance is like religion in that it’s completely illogical, but that doesn’t stop people from giving their lives over to it.
You weren’t made for the screen you know, and neither was the broken skin where you cut yourself shaving and the almost-invisible hairs that paint the corners of your upper lip and that one crooked eyelash that bends at a 45-degree angle.
You are never going to be able to stop yourself from screaming your love from rooftops, you will never be able to play it cool.
No matter who we meet and fall platonically in love with as adults, there will always be a special place in our hearts for the people who knew us at our most vulnerable.
You do not need to change yourself,
for boys who fell in love with
a beautiful, wild thing
that they are too ill equipped
and must cage to ‘handle’.
It can make a gal feel insecure to sit in the Love Train’s first car while her man rides caboose for a lengthy stretch, but it happens.
I exposed my body to well below freezing temperatures to see what all the celeb-fueled cryo fuss is about.
Reach out to them unexpectedly. Remind them they don’t have to do this alone.
This is me accepting that you’re leaving. It’s my acknowledgment that there’s no further argument to make, no angle left to take, no plea or bargain I could wager that could get you to change your mind and stay.
The DJ queues the “Jock Jams” hit, “Ya’ll Ready For This?”
You have three hairstyles: down, ponytail, and bun.
It always ended this way. Late afternoon and again in bed, staring at the wall. 3 pm…it could collapse you, the way the sunlight comes in, angular, moving, to only again disappear.
The Language Police Mom
Men are always staring into my face, staring into my mouth blaring red like it always does, and I want to stop and ask them, “What are you going to find there?”
The most honest depictions of a woman’s power over a man can be found in literature, as Clive James argues in his book Cultural Amnesia. He gives the example of “the first thing that happens in literature”: “Troy burned because Paris was smitten by Helen’s beauty.”
I had a camper who I believed by every definition, sense and all the way to my heart, was demon-possessed.
In those moments I let myself remember the touch of your hand on mine, the longing in your face that I stay calm.
Isolate yourself until you’re lonely and not just alone, until you can’t stand to stay away any longer, until you begin to wonder why you holed up in this jail cell in the first place. Everything, everywhere will feel like a jail cell.
A girl who reads possesses a vocabulary that can describe that amorphous discontent as a life unfulfilled—a vocabulary that parses the innate beauty of the world and makes it an accessible necessity instead of an alien wonder.
Stay single until you meet the guy who makes you not want to be.
Taking care of everyone else.
You’re allowed to leave any story you don’t find yourself in. You’re allowed to leave any story you don’t love yourself in.
Gaslighting is perhaps one of the most insidious manipulative tactics out there because it works to distort and erode your sense of reality; it eats away at your ability to trust yourself and inevitably disables you from feeling justified in calling out abuse and mistreatment.
Don’t twist his sentences and dissect his words because men are generally not very deep humans.