Try not to compromise. So many people don’t do what they really want in their hearts because they feel like they’re not good enough, or they’re not smart enough, or they’re not talented enough… anything. And that doesn’t matter. In order for you to live a remarkable life — in order for you to live a life that is fulfilling — you need to be able to go after what you want. And if you don’t, you’re not going to achieve it — ever.

On Humble Pied, Debbie Millman shares three pieces of wisdom to guide the way to a remarkable life. Dive deeper with her timelessly wonderful illustrated-essay-turned-commencement-address on courage and the creative life. (via explore-blog)

Such wonderful advice!

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thetrevorproject:

recovery-atitsfinest:

Recovery is key to accepting yourself. Recovery blog. 

One day at a time. You’re getting there.

thetrevorproject:

recovery-atitsfinest:

Recovery is key to accepting yourself. Recovery blog. 

One day at a time. You’re getting there.

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Forgiveness.

The ability to forgive oneself. Stop here for a few breaths and think about this, because it is the key to making art and very possibly the key to finding any semblance of happiness in life. Every time I have set out to translate the book (or story, or hopelessly long essay) that exists in such brilliant detail on the big screen of my limbic system onto a piece of paper (which, let’s face it, was once a towering tree crowned with leaves and a home to birds), I grieve for my own lack of talent and intelligence. Every. Single. Time. Were I smarter, more gifted, I could pin down a closer facsimile of the wonders I see. I believe that, more than anything else, this grief of constantly having to face down our own inadequacies is what keeps people from being writers. Forgiveness, therefore, is key. I can’t write the book I want to write, but I can and will write the book I am capable of writing. Again and again throughout the course of my life I will forgive myself.

ackb:

What if we’re not broken? What if we are amazing? What if we’ve been powerful the whole time and didn’t even know it?

vegan-queer:

Down Is Not Up (2012) based on the Pink Tank’s fierce anti-assimilationist pamphlet We Will Not Protect You.

vegan-queer:

Down Is Not Up (2012) based on the Pink Tank’s fierce anti-assimilationist pamphlet We Will Not Protect You.

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practicinglent:

#UULent #freedom What we own when we own nothing else, what is ours alone to create and change, what can never be kept captive or stolen or enslaved, is our story.

practicinglent:

#UULent #freedom What we own when we own nothing else, what is ours alone to create and change, what can never be kept captive or stolen or enslaved, is our story.

practicinglent:

May our imaginations be a healing balm for our hurts, inspiration to our souls and sustenance to one another.

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raychleadele:

mymodernmet:

Professional sculptor Stefanie Rocknak beat out 265 other artists from 42 states and 13 countries to create a sculpture honoring author and poet Edgar Allan Poe that will be displayed in Boston, Poe’s birthplace. A five-member artist selection committee decided on Rocknak’s stunning work that shows Poe with a suitcase in hand and a raven in front of him.

No wonder she won, holy butts, look at that majestic creature.

DAMN

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I once told a joke about a straight person.

They came after me in droves.

Each one singing the same:

Don’t fight fire with fire.

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What they mean is: Don’t fight fire with anything.

Do not fight fire with water.

Do not fight fire with foam.

Do not evacuate the people.

Do not sound the alarms.

Do not crawl coughing and choking and spluttering to safety.

Do not barricade the door with damp towels.

Do not wave a white flag out of the window.

Do not take the plunge from several storeys up.

Do not shed a tear for your lover trapped behind a wall of flame.

Do not curse the combination of fuel, heat, and oxygen.

Do not ask why the fire fighters are not coming.

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When they say: Don’t fight fire with fire.

What they mean is: Stand and burn.

Stand and Burn by Claudia Boleyn.  (via claudiaboleyn)

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keithsnyder:

You mean there’s another reason?

keithsnyder:

You mean there’s another reason?

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Good people are good because they’ve come to wisdom through failure. We get very little wisdom from success, you know.

William Saroyan (via revnaomiking)

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