just someplace else.
"1) Learn to put on your bracelets and zip up your dresses by yourself. There will be times when you will be alone.
2) Get on a long plane ride. Look out the window. Understand the immensity of our world. Understand your insignificance. Understand your absolute importance.
3) Press the send button. If you don’t say it now, you never will.
4) Do not sneer at happiness or roll your eyes at sadness. Be aware that apathy is not healthy.
5) You are more than the amount of people who want to have sex with you.
6) That pit in your stomach when he doesn’t text you back, it shouldn’t be there. No one should be able to control you like that.
7) Shopping is cathartic. Buy the shoes and deal with one-ply toilet paper for a while.
8) It will get better, but it will never be perfect. Learn to live through the small moments of happiness. When they disappear, remember they will resurface.
9) I promise that cookie will not change anything (except that it will make you smile).
10) Please, please, take care of yourself. You are everything to somebody. You are everything to your self. That alone is enough."
My body is not perfect. Some bits are quite excellent and some bits are a bit rubbish. On the whole though, it does OK and gets me from A-B (which is what people say about boring cars but I’m going somewhere with this I promise) and that’s essentially all you need. If you have a healthy body that does what you want it to do, be very glad indeed. Doing things like dressing it in pretty clothes is just the cherry on the cake and should be embraced.
I know from experience and from reading all your comments that it’s quite hard to feel good about your physical appearance. Sometimes it takes a lot of guts to wear a particular pair of jeans or to put on a certain top. I hope this video shows curvy girls as well as slim, short, tall, all girls, that it is absolutely OK to play with styles and wear fun colours and go wild with patterns and bare your legs or arms or boobies (to within reason- ooer!).
You don’t have to be a cardboard cutout of a model to wear the clothes you want. You just need to find them in your size and put them on. At first you might feel a bit wobbly (excuse the pun) in things but keep going… The point I’m making is that even some of the most confident people (and I’d class myself as almost worryingly confident!) have their battles, it’s OK to feel a bit scared sometimes but it’s good to remind yourself that you can make any clothes work for you if you have a little think and have the guts to give them a go."
sprinkleofglitter (Louise Pentland)
"Your hands travelled, landing on every point of my body, as if they were aware of how terribly my body missed them. I kissed your fingers; even your knuckles until your fingerprints were left on every layer of my skin. For every freckle seen or unseen, light or dark was found tenderly by your lips. My skin belonged against yours, and the sweat that escaped my pores had a primal necessity to mix with yours, because that is the science that exists between us."
Mirtha Michelle Castro Marmol, Letters To The Men I Have Loved
"You are a unique person and you have to be yourself. You can’t be anybody else; you can’t lead anybody else’s life. You have to be comfortable in your own skin and you have to be confident about who you are, whether you’re working at Twitter or running for office. And that is hard to do….and yet it’s all doable once you relax and decide, ‘You know what? This is no dress rehearsal. This is it for me. I want to be who I am.’ You be yourself. Easiest advice to say, hardest advice to follow."
Hillary Clinton, in response to a tweet from Amy Poehler (x).