“But yield who will to their separation,
My object in living is to unite
My avocation and my vocation
As my two eyes make one in sight.”
– Robert Frost (via observando)
“And if my heart be scarred and burned,
The safer, I, for all I learned.”
– Dorothy Parker, Sunset Gun: Poems (via hqlines)
“Things do not change; we change.”
– Henry David Thoreau, Walden (via hqlines)
“won’t you celebrate with me
what i have shaped into
a kind of life? i had no model.
born in babylon
both nonwhite and woman
what did i see to be except myself?
i made it up
here on this bridge between
starshine and clay,
my one hand holding tight
my other hand; come celebrate
with me that everyday
something has tried to kill me
and has failed.”
– Lucille Clifton (via observando)
“You don’t know anyone at the party, so you don’t want to go. You don’t like cottage cheese, so you haven’t eaten it in years. This is your choice, of course, but don’t kid yourself: it’s also the flinch. Your personality is not set in stone. You may think a morning coffee is the most enjoyable thing in the world, but it’s really just a habit. Thirty days without it, and you would be fine. You think you have a soul mate, but in fact you could have had any number of spouses. You would have evolved differently, but been just as happy.
You can change what you want about yourself at any time. You see yourself as someone who can’t write or play an instrument, who gives in to temptation or makes bad decisions, but that’s really not you. It’s not ingrained. It’s not your personality. Your personality is something else, something deeper than just preferences, and these details on the surface, you can change anytime you like.
If it is useful to do so, you must abandon your identity and start again. Sometimes, it’s the only way.
Set fire to your old self. It’s not needed here. It’s too busy shopping, gossiping about others, and watching days go by and asking why you haven’t gotten as far as you’d like. This old self will die and be forgotten by all but family, and replaced by someone who makes a difference.
Your new self is not like that. Your new self is the Great Chicago Fire—overwhelming, overpowering, and destroying everything that isn’t necessary.”
– Julien Smith, The Flinch (via quotethat)
Today is the day I ignite my refusal to being anything other than myself.
Independence does not exist.
Happiness is a feeling.
Peace is a lifestyle.
Death is an option.
Life is an opportunity.
I am a fucking success story.