This summer, what if we all took a break? What if we gave ourselves a vacation from the incessant need to know what’s going on in the world around us and focus on the world within us?
Most cultures around the world—with the interesting exception of Asian countries such as Korea, China, and Japan—usually have some sort of response when someone sneezes, and it’s almost always some variation of “Bless you!” or “To your health!” But in the Philippines they say, “Who didn’t take a bath?” and in Vietnam they say, “Rice with salt.”
Remember all of the times you’ve been doubled over with laughter. In the kitchen at midnight, the soft glow of the oven lighting your best friend’s face. In the passenger seat at dusk, tears shining in your eyes.
Maybe you’re supposed to move on. Maybe you’re better off without them and their temporary love.
“Never settle for less” is an understatement. Settle for the best for you.
What may seem like a roadblock may open doors in unexpected places.
I used to let people walk over me. I used to let them take advantage of me. I used to sit quietly in the background without making a peep. That’s not me anymore. If someone hurts me, they’re not going to get away with it. They’re going to lose me.
It feels like there are so many more things I should have experienced by now, so many more adventures I could have taken, so many more memories I could have made.
Start devising a plan. If you don’t do it now, it will only get more challenging to uproot as the years go on.
Understand that it is part of the human experience to feel alone, scared, uncertainty at times. It’s all momentary.
One day I would come to my senses and see that this is what I should have been running towards all along.
Healing is ugly. Healing is painful. There’s no other way to put it. Healing means confronting a heartbreak, head on, and feeling the pain and the agony all over again.
They get annoyed that you are not responding to their calls and texts, take it personally and this sweet thing that’s supposed to be passionate communication becomes a burden for you.
As your heart experiences things you never thought it could, the feelings will sink in – I want this, always – and they will become inescapable.
Why wouldn’t you love to come to the freak show and see what all has been captured in this dark, dating world?
When it becomes too much, most people probably don’t even notice that there’s something wrong.
Failure isn’t a reflection of our worth as human beings.
You will find peace.
Your heart will never steer you wrong as long as you pay attention to its cues.
However uniquely the process comes to you, the aftermath of heartbreak is not important. What’s important is not rushing the process.
It means stepping back and looking at life from a broader perspective.
Even on days like today, I am also reminded you are the reason I am here.
It was all in the past, and the only thing that mattered was that moment, there and then.
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Taurus: Feeling like a backup friend. Never getting invited out with groups. Watching everyone have fun on their Instagram stories without you.
I miss your smile, your warmth, your open arms, your mind, and mostly your spirit. You always knew how to make me feel like I was destined for more.
You can’t heal when you won’t cut out the infection, and that’s just what addiction is. An infection.
When you learn to love yourself, it will be easier to accept love from him. It will be easier to see why such a great guy fell in love with you.
This is probably a blessing, feeling this way.
You aren’t going to reach your full potential unless you start to believe in yourself, trust yourself, and take a chance on yourself.
My cousin looked down in the canal and say a really nice jacket floating along and being a weird scavenger person decided to reach in to fish it out. Well, the jacket turned over. And so did the man wearing it. He also had no face left.
Even if their arguments were about you, they weren’t because of you. You didn’t do anything wrong. Their inability to communicate and cooperate isn’t your problem.
There are a million things I want to say to you, but I’m not sure whether I’ll ever find the courage to send you a text.
People will tell you to forgive and forget. They will tell you to be the bigger person. It doesn’t matter if you’re the one who is right, if you’re the one who has been trying to make the relationship work for years, because as soon as you decide to walk away everyone will act like you’re the bad one.
When you spend the whole day crying your eyes out, you wonder how you made it this far without shedding a tear. You wonder why everything seemed to come crashing down on you at once.
Will it be any less blissful if you do not get to the top this year, but next? Or the year after? Of course not.
For me, sexual intimacy is a refuge from the real world. After knowing each other 15 years, and being lovers since 1972 – despite the long gaps – Ronna and I are attuned to each other. Does that mean we love each other, or do married couples who hate each other also have fantastic sex because they know each other so well?
Who will you aspire to be more like? Who do you want the young women in your life to look up to? Who do you think will lead us to a better tomorrow?
Masturbation is supposed to bring you closer, not tear you apart.
It is the compound, the cocktail of all that I am
and I will tend to it, make love to it, knead through
blocks in it all the days of my life.
The one and only thing that makes this life worth livin’ is Youtube videos of top ten countdowns from the X factor.
Treading water through my twenties. Just exerting all this energy to stay afloat. Never moving forward or back. Just existing right above the surface.
Stop feeling guilty for being human and flawed and a work in progress.
Let’s go on one more date and pretend like everything’s okay.
The epitaph on his tombstone reads, “Here lies Kaspar Hauser, riddle of his time. His birth was unknown, his death mysterious.” Was he one of history’s greatest pranksters, or was he the victim of a tragic royal scandal?
I know things may suck big time right now, but you’re doing what you need to do, and I’m proud of you.
For those you rejected and have the bitterness to tell you you’ll forever be alone if you don’t lower your standards.
I’m more than my pain.
Happily ever after didn’t turn out so happy for you. While your friends were falling in love, you were falling apart.
Please do not fool yourself into thinking that the right answer will just come to you, or the right opportunities will just find you. They won’t. Find them yourself.