A List Of The Best Kinds Of People

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Allegra Messina

People who are funny without being assholes.

People who respect the “leave a sit in between us” rule at bars.

People who you can laugh over hypothetical situations with for hours on end.

People who tell you tough truths in a gentle way, who don’t say things cruelly just because it’s “honest.”

People with good manners. You’d be surprised how rare that actually is.

People who aren’t afraid of their own humanity, who allow themselves to be messy and broken and imperfect.

People who don’t start sentences with, “No offense, but…”

People who remember little details you mentioned in passing, things that even you forgot you told them.

People who smile at strangers for no other reason than to smile.

People who are kind to those who can do nothing for them.

People who listen simply to understand, not just to respond or wait for their turn to talk.

People who call you on your bullshit in a funny way to make it easier to hear.

People who you can sit in comfortable silence with.

People who aren’t afraid to take the last slice of pizza.

People who will take pictures for strangers, taking shots from multiple angles to ensure they get the best pic for Instagram. Sorry, it’s true, those people are the best.

People who don’t make you feel bad for wanting to call it an early night.

People who cry with you so you don’t have to do it alone.

People who make you forget your phone.

People who are always down to kill a six-pack of beer and watch a ton of shitty reality television, no questions asked.

People who sincerely listen to little kids, who remember how hard it was to be small and young and not taken seriously.

People who know their privileges.

People who actually tell you point blank when you’ve hurt them, rather than leaving passive aggressive hints you might never pick up on.

People who genuinely enjoy being goofy, who understand the importance of laughing for no other reason than just to laugh.

People who always try their best to do the right thing, and try to make it up when they fall short.

People who understand how to be present.

People who know how to tell a damn funny story.

People who still believe in love, even after they got their hearts broken time and time again.

People who readily admit when they don’t know something, rather than just pretending they do.

People who are unapologetically kind and do not stray from being so, even when they have every reason not to be. TC mark

Molly Burford

Writer. Editor. Hufflepuff. Dog person.

Trace the scars life has left you. It will remind you that at one point, you fought for something. You believed.

“You are the only person who gets to decide if you are happy or not—do not put your happiness into the hands of other people. Do not make it contingent on their acceptance of you or their feelings for you. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter if someone dislikes you or if someone doesn’t want to be with you. All that matters is that you are happy with the person you are becoming. All that matters is that you like yourself, that you are proud of what you are putting out into the world. You are in charge of your joy, of your worth. You get to be your own validation. Please don’t ever forget that.” — Bianca Sparacino

Excerpted from The Strength In Our Scars by Bianca Sparacino.

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