Something Borrowed

I have been sifting through http://thetalltwig.tumblr.com/ for a few days now. There is so much profound truth and beauty there whic I wish I could share with you. Except I came across three which made me stop breathing. I literally could not take in air and my hand picked itself up and rested my palm on my bosom. It takes a lot to get me like that. I just hope this makes someone go through their day a little easier – or a lot easier.

Here’s the FIRST:

1. Know that you are still blooming, and this is okay.

2. Write handwritten love notes to the parts of yourself you hate.

3. Find the comfort in holding your own hand.

4. Remember, even clouds cry sometimes.

5. Date yourself. Get to know yourself again.

6. Learn how to be alone without feeling lonely.

7. Do something that scares you every day, no matter how small. Watch your life change.

8. Stop wishing for a vacation and make your life into something you don’t wish to escape from.

9. Recognize that the best artists color outside the lines. You have the same freedom in your life. Break conventions.

10. Go to the florist on the corner and buy yourself some flowers. Spoil yourself. You deserve it.

11. Throw out your premeditated list of qualities for your perfect mate. That special person is not a recipe or equation. Humans are more than that.

12. Share your testimony. Our story is meant to be heard. Find your voice.

13. Wish to be more like rain than snow. Snow is frigid and hardens. Rain is vulnerable and soft.

14. Look at your veins. They are roots, and your limbs are branches. Your body is a strong tree. Don’t you dare cut it down.

15. Strive to have the humility as the sun. It shines brilliantly every day without needing anyone to notice.

16. Flip through old photos and reminisce about the past, but do not live there. Nothing new happens there.

17. Dust off the fingerprints of any past lover left on your skin. You belong only to yourself.

18. Become the person you’d like to fall in love with.

19. Loving yourself again will be like putting on eyeglasses. The blur will fade and you will see yourself for what you truly are: beautiful.

Kayla Hollatz19 Ways To Start Loving Yourself Again
 And then the SECOND:
“You realize you are not alone, right? No one in their twenties has life figured out. It’s okay to be a mess. You’re living.”

— Things my therapist told me today that almost made me burst out into tears. I need to remember this more often.  (via katelizabeth)
There was a THIRD:
“You’ll get to an age where all you can think about is having your shaking body clasped beneath someone else’s and however many years of longing will leak out of your hands until you’re trying to hold yourself together with the hope that maybe someday you’re going to be wanted with a fire that burns out entire forests.

All I can tell you is that you should hold out for that hope, one day you’re going to be touched with so much intention you’ll forget any other time someone held your hand.

— Azra. T “teenage blues” (via 5000letters)
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