Understanding Life • Words Will Haunt Forever

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“Sticks and stones may break your bones but words will haunt forever.”

Sticks and stones may break your bones but words can never hurt you.

Physically.

Words can’t be stitched up by the doctor. Leaving a faint scar in 3 to 6 weeks.

Words can’t be removed with the relief of tweezers, the cold tingle of numbing cream or a cherry lollipop and Flintstones band-aid. Words can’t be healed with a soft kiss from a loved one. They can’t earn you a day at home. The chance to rest your sore, tender head on a mountain of pillows.

Words are a violent slap that leaves pain long after the swelling go down. They create a label. An enemy. A definition. A restriction of who you are.

Words are powerful.

Even if you don’t believe them, even if they depict an old you, the words that hurt you once before, are there. And they’re holding on.

So, while sticks and stones may break your bones – words will haunt forever.


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Understanding Life • Perfection Is Imperfection

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“What society won’t tell you is that perfection is imperfection, and imperfection is perfect.”

For our entire lives, we’ve been taught to seek perfection.

We’ve been taught to seek a flawless, effortless, and unbroken life.

But what is perfection?

Perfection is when you see crooked teeth beyond the gap of their smile. It’s the scar on your arm from the time you fell out of a tree at age 8. It’s the way you hold your fork the wrong way, the song you only listen to when alone, and the foolish phobia you’ve hidden for so long.

It’s the way your mom’s voice echoes through the house around dinner, and your family bickers on Christmas morning. It’s when someone stutters amongst excitement, and the times you fall asleep, mid-sentence on the phone.

It’s the way you snore in your sleep as you dream of perfection, but what society won’t tell you is that perfection is imperfection, and imperfection is perfect.


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Love & Lust • The Same Broken Pieces

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“Loving you is the intimidating unknown.”

How do you ask the person that steals your heart to fall in love with your imperfections, before they dare fall in love with you? Loving you is the intimidating unknown and unlike your friends and family, this person may walk away.

They have the right to be scared.

Uncertain of a relationship with you and your insecurities.

Uncertain of giving their heart to a soul consumed by fear. Maybe you’ve been numbed to the possibility of love and maybe they’re right.

But, maybe one day you’ll meet someone with the same broken pieces. A glimpse of terror in their eyes will catch yours. You’ll have an awkward first, second, third date.

Tempting each other to open up. One day you will and your problems won’t feel like problems. Together you can replace what you’ve lost along the way.

You can sigh in relief knowing you’re understood.

You’re loved for who you are. And maybe that won’t be so hard – because maybe a lot more people have terror in their eyes than we let ourselves believe.


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Understanding Life • Some People Are Simply Motivation

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“No one knows who dreamed up right from wrong – but the second you believe what they’re talking about is the second you lose what you’re all about.”

Some people are simply motivation.

Your enemy should make you want to be better.

Your ex should make you want to do better; because sometimes in life, you need someone to push you on stage despite stage fright. Someone to chase you in threat so you’ll run. Someone to taint your once confidence so you’re driven to get it back.

No one knows why society made standards that could make or break a person.

No one knows who dreamed up right from wrong – but the second you believe what they’re talking about is the second you lose what you’re all about.

It will take time, but one night you will make yourself so proud that in the dark of your room you’ll smile. In the corner of your eye, you’ll tear. And in the silence of the night, you’ll breathe. For once, you won’t need an applause. You won’t need an approval.

You won’t need anything, but for what you could give yourself.

So – don’t say someone never gave you anything, because for better or for worse, they gave you a reason. As long as you come out stronger, you can’t wish for anything better. Don’t feel sorry for yourself in hopes that someone else will too.


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