It’s so easy to forget the stars in the daytime, it’s so easy to forget the sun at night. It takes so much conscious effort to remember the big picture, to not get lost in the stories we tell ourselves about the world.
Check out my recent on @sophiexpaterson "I wonder how many people would have fallen in love if they had only spoken to each other. Strangers sitting next to each other on an airplane at night, watching the world grow smaller beneath them. Or in a tiny bookstore filled with old stories, their pages yellowed and dusty with age. Or sitting next to each other at a concert, both wanting to linger in the same note of a song that they think contains a universe. How many strangers have shared lovely, beautiful moments together? How many people would have found the love of their life if they had decided to say something?"
“And so you got drunk with him. Even though 13-year-old you swore that you would never drink. And you sat next to him at a party with 100 other people. And you memorised his eyes and felt alive.
And when he told a joke, you laughed. Properly laughed. Laughed so much that you could barely breathe. And when you looked up, he was still gazing at you as intently as when you’d looked away.
And at some point in the night, he reached for your hand and you let him. And you found your fingers curling around his like they knew something you didn’t.
And you were happy. And it was like you’d never felt that kind of happiness before. And you told him clumsily, your head on his chest, “please don’t hurt me, I won’t know what to do if you do." And he kissed your forehead and said, "okay”. And somehow, somehow, that “okay” was enough for you.”
you are your worst enemy until you learn to treat yourself like a friend. sabotaging your efforts and relationships, convincing yourself no one loves you, not trying because you’re sure you’ll fail, being apathetic to everything is bc you think you’re not good enough. but the truth is you are good enough and you can be the best person you can be if you learn to change these thoughts into self-love and encouragement. listen to your needs and be there for yourself instead of destroying your health or abandoning yourself or your future.
“I don’t chase people anymore,” she said, turning up the collar of her jacket against the freezing cold, “either they want to stay or they don’t.” He handed her a cup of coffee, gently brushing her fingers, so lightly it might as well have been an accident. “Sometimes you have to chase people for a while, just to make sure they know how you feel about them,” he replied. She rolled her eyes, taking a sip of hot coffee and burning her tongue. “That’s just stupid.” A knowing smile formed on his lips as he watched her. “See, there are a lot of people like you,” his smile widened while her face transformed into a scowl, “people who are always on the run and unaware of what others might feel for them. Unaware that they make someone else’s heart race, that they make their days brighter and their worries seem pointless. It’s people like you that I need to chase because you’re always too far gone before I can hold on to you, and quite frankly, I’m tired of chasing, too.”
“So do you want to stay?” excerpt n.j. (via @ninasdrafts)
“That’s how you know you really trust someone, I think; when you don’t have to talk all the time to make sure they still like you or prove that you have interesting stuff to say.”
Sara Zarr, Story of a Girl
“Moving is thinking of tomorrow, and not yesterday. Thinking of a new love, and not the previous one. Forgetting how they made you feel, whether good or bad. Forgetting how much you really cared about them. Forgetting about what they might be doing, and who they might be with. Thinking of yourself. Protecting yourself. Thinking of tomorrow, and not yesterday.”
recklesslyxgold, writing prompt #17 : Write about moving on