And kid, you’ve got to love yourself. You’ve got wake up at four in the morning, brew black coffee, and stare at the birds drowning in the darkness of the dawn. You’ve got to sit next to the man at the train station who’s reading your favorite book and start a conversation. You’ve got to come home after a bad day and burn your skin from a shower. Then you’ve got to wash all your sheets until they smell of lemon detergent you bought for four dollars at the local grocery store. You’ve got to stop taking everything so goddam personally. You are not the moon kissing the black sky. You’ve got to compliment someones crooked brows at an art fair and tell them that their eyes remind you of green swimming pools in mid July. You’ve got to stop letting yourself get upset about things that won’t matter in two years. Sleep in on Saturday mornings and wake yourself up early on Sunday. You’ve got to stop worrying about what you’re going to tell her when she finds out. You’ve got to stop over thinking why he stopped caring about you over six months ago. You’ve got to stop asking everyone for their opinions. Fuck it. Love yourself, kiddo. You’ve got to love yourself.
- unknown (via awelltraveledwoman)
 
Especially # 7, 11, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21 & 22
 
Especially # 7, 11, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21 & 22

 

Especially # 7, 11, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21 & 22

I feel utterly in your hands, absolutely defenseless, and for once I shall beg: keep me in your heart or chase me away, but don’t let me cling to love to find out suddenly it is there no more.
- Simone de Beauvoir, from a letter to Nelson Algren  (via unculturedmag)
people who love their bodies, their lives, their relationships, don’t hate on others’. if you know love and happiness, that’s what you put out in the world.
When you are washing the dishes, washing the dishes must be the most important thing in your life. Just as when you are drinking tea, drinking tea must be the most important thing in your life. Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the whole world revolves—slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future. Live the actual moment. Only this actual moment is life.
- Thich Nhat Hanh (via awelltraveledwoman)