And every day, the world will drag you by the hand, yelling "This is important! And this is important! And this is important! You need to worry about this! And this! And this!"

And each day, it's up to you, to yank your hand back, put it on your heart and say "No. This is what's important."
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i would like to thank everyone i saw out tonight for being fabulous. i would also like to thank that kid i had a crush on in high school for checking me out very obviously

WOW I WROTE LIKE A THIRD OF MY PAPER ALL THE REWARDS TO MEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

so i’m actually writing my paper and rereading a lot of my sources and i had slightly forgotten how horrific my topic is so i’ve been crying on and off in the library for the past twenty minutes.

softerworld:

A Softer World: 737
(heartbreak is the real chlamydia)

i want to be out of here. i am so tired of churning out papers, spitting back reflections, analyzing something that doesn’t and will never interest me. i am feeling extremely apathetic toward my schoolwork and I don’t like feeling this way, partly because it’s stressful because procrastinating gives me less time to complete my lovely tasks, but also i hate this dullness that has entered into my life. i don’t like not liking things. this is not what learning should be, this is not what education should be.

i’ve tried to explain it to myself a few different ways to see if i could understand better and maybe coax myself to once again commit to my studies, but the problem isn’t that i’m unwilling to work hard, it’s not that i don’t care necessarily, because a large part of me does, i think it is just that i am tired, so tired, of spending time on things that i don’t love and cannot love me back.

i’m really bad at doing the work THAT I REALLY NEED TO DO

i don’t want to write this paper

you need to write your paper

jfpetersphoto:

Night Lights, Chongqing, China 2012

As women, when we’re children we’re taught to enter the world with big hearts. Blooming hearts. Hearts bigger than our damn fists. We are taught to forgive - constantly - as opposed to what young boys are taught: Revenge, to get ‘even.’ Our empathy is constantly made appeals to, often demanded for. If we refuse to show kindness, we are reprimanded. We are not good women if we do not crush our bones to make more space for the world, if we do not spread our entire skin over rocks for others to tread on, if we do not kill ourselves in every meaning of the word in the process of making it cozy for everyone else. It is the heat generated by the burning of our bodies with which the world keeps warm. We are taught to sacrifice so much for so little. This is the general principle all over the world.

By the time we are young women, we are tired. Most of us are drained. Some of us enter a lock of silence because of that lethargy. Some of us lash out. When I think of that big, blooming heart we once had, it looks shriveled and worn out now. When I was teaching, I had a young student named Mariam. She was only 11 years old. Some boy pushed her around in class, called her names, broke her spirit for the day. We were sitting under a chestnut tree on a field trip and she asked me if a boy ever hurt me. I told her many did and I destroyed them one by one. I think that’s the first time she ever heard the word ‘destroyed.’ We rarely teach our girls to fight back for the right reasons.

Take up more space as a woman. Take up more time. Take your time. You are taught to hide, censor, move about without messing up decorum for a man’s comfort. Whether it’s said or not, you’re taught balance. Forget that. Displease. Disappoint. Destroy. Be loud, be righteous, be messy. Mess up and it’s fine – you are learning to unlearn. Do not see yourself like glass. Like you could get dirty and clean. You are flesh. You are not constant. You change. Society teaches women to maintain balance and that robs us of our volatility. Our mercurial hearts. Calm and chaos. Love only when needed; preserve otherwise.

Do not be a moth near the light; be the light itself. Do not let a man’s ocean-big ego swallow you up. Know what you want. Ask yourself first. Decide your own pace. Decide your own path. Be cruel when needed. Be gentle only when needed. Collapse and then re-construct. When someone says you are being obscene, say yes I am. When they say you are being wrong, say yes I am. When they say you are being selfish, say yes I am. Why shouldn’t I be? How do you expect a woman to stand on her two feet if you keep striking her at the ankles.

There are multiple lessons we must teach our young girls so that they render themselves their own pillars instead of keeping male approval as the focal point of their lives. It is so important to state your feelings of inconvenience as a woman. We are instructed to tailor ourselves and our discomfort - constantly told that we are ‘whining’ and ‘nagging’ and ‘complaining too much.’ That kind of silence is horribly violent, that kind of insistence upon uniformly nodding in agreement to your own despair, and smiling emptily so no man is ever uncomfortable around us. Male-entitlement dictates a woman’s silence. If we could see the mimetic model of the erasure of a woman’s voice, it would be an incredibly bloody sight.

On a breezy July night, my mother and I were sleeping under the open sky. Before dozing off, I told her that I think there is a special place in heaven where all wounded women bury their broken hearts and their hearts grow into trees that only give fruit to the good and poison to the bad. She smiled and said Ameen. Then she closed her eyes.

A Woman of War by Mehreen Kasana

(Source: pbnpineapples, via mehreenkasana)

reuters:

She Ping, a 34-year-old beekeeper, is seen during an attempt to cover his body with bees in Chongqing municipality, April 9, 2014. He used queen bees to successfully attract more than 460,000 bees, weighing over 45 kg (99 lbs), within 40 minutes, local media reported. Picture taken April 9, 2014. REUTERS/China Daily
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