happy birthday, darling


Alice. Part art, part magic. “If I got rid of my demons, I’d lose my angels.” -Tennessee Williams


This is how to run a stick of Chapstick
down the black boxes on your scantron
so the grading machine skips the wrong
answers. This is how to honor roll. Hell,
this is how to National Honor Society.
This is being voted “Most Likely to Marry
for Money” or “Talks the Most, Says the
Least” for senior superlatives. This is
stepping around the kids having panic
attacks in the hallway. This is being the
kid having a panic attack in the hallway.
This is making the A with purple moons
stamped under both eyes. We had to try.
This is telling the ACT supervisor you have
ADHD to get extra time. Today, the average
high school student has the same anxiety
levels as the average 1950’s psychiatric
patient. We know the Pythagorean theorem
by heart, but short-circuit when asked
“How are you?” We don’t know. We don’t
know. That wasn’t on the study guide.
We usually know the answer, but rarely
know ourselves.

by HIGH SCHOOL By Blythe Baird (via blythebrooklyn)

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365 Days - 25/365

Fall Out Boy - Young Volcanoes

Tonight, the foxes hunt the hounds. It’s all over now, before it has begun. We’ve already won. 

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"Do you ever wonder who I write about; because quite frankly, I wonder too." by Julie Martinez (via writinqueen)

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"Too many glasses of wine
and suddenly you are someone
new. Someone who is able
to determine the difference
between dedication and just
another way to waste time.
You’ve been here before,
haven’t you? Caught between
the choice to stay and the
decision to leave it all
behind, and to start fresh.
You think about it everyday,
and I know that because
I see the daydreams in
your eyes, of running from
your problems and into
the arms of someone who
asks before touching you.
I’m sorry that it’s come
to this. That you can’t even
leave your home without
wondering about what
would happen if you
didn’t come back. They
should have told you
that happiness doesn’t
come in people, but in
your own mind. Maybe if
they would have prepared
you for the reality of life,
you wouldn’t be struggling
as much. And maybe if they
would have told you the secrets
that they have kept from you
for so long, you would be
able to be happy,
all on your own."
by "They always seem to leave out the most important details," - Colleen Brown (via mostlyfiction)

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Anonymous asked: could you tell me some words to live by?


"Now I see the secret of the making of the best persons. It is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth." - Walt Whitman

"Today I am practicing not setting myself on fire. Today I am the match. Tomorrow I might be the smoke." - Lora Mathis
"I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass." - Maya Angelou
"Let’s say you’ve swallowed a bad thing and now it’s got its hands inside you. This is the essence of love and failure. You see what I mean but you’re happy anyway, and that’s okay, it’s a love story after all, a lasting love, a wonderful adventure with lots of action." - Richard Siken
"But I don’t want comfort. I want God, I want poetry, I want real danger, I want freedom, I want goodness. I want sin." - Aldous Huxley
"Don’t ask for guarantees. And don’t look to be saved in any one thing, person, machine, or library. Do your own bit of saving, and if you drown, at least die knowing you were headed for shore." - Ray Bradbury
"Suddenly you’re ripped into being alive. And life is pain, and life is suffering, and life is horror, but my god you’re alive and its spectacular." - Joseph Campbell

"You are beautiful only when you do beautiful things. Full lips aren’t as beautiful as a full laugh. Skinny Hips aren’t as beautiful as a quick wit. Think about treating others right, and they will flock to you in screaming droves." - Welcome to Night Vale
"Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion." - Muhammed Ali
"Look like the innocent flower,
But be the serpent under it.” - William Shakespeare
"People think dreams aren’t real just because they aren’t made of matter, of particles. Dreams are real. But they are made of viewpoints, of images, of memories and puns and lost hopes." - Neil Gaiman
"Try to learn to breathe deeply, really to taste food when you eat, and when you sleep, really to sleep. Try as much as possible to be wholly alive with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell. And when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough." - Ernest Hemingway
"And God said “Love Your Enemy,” and I obeyed him and loved myself." - خليل جبران ‎ Khalil Gibran 
"Let everything happen to you.
Beauty and terror.
Just keep going.
No feeling is final.” - Rainer Maria Rilke

"You are a woman. Skin and bones, veins and nerves, hair and sweat. You are not made of metaphors. Not apologies, not excuses." - Sarah Kay

"Nobody can save you but yourself, and you’re worth saving. It’s a war not easily won, but if anything is worth winning then this is it." - Charles Bukowski
Don’t let numbers tell you what to do. You are blood and earth, not theory and chalk.” – Welcome To Night Vale
"Everyone should smile. Life really isn’t that serious. We make it hard. The sun rises. The sun sets. We just tend to complicate the process." – Arian Foster
"Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place." – Kurt Vonnegut

"Don’t touch me. Please, don’t touch me. You mustn’t. You must know. I can’t stand it, that’s all. Please understand." by Ernest Hemingway, from The Sun Also Rises (via violentwavesofemotion)

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"There are years that ask questions and years that answer." by Zora Neale Hurston (via rippedoutpagesofmymind)

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