A room in Toronto.

Dear Past Self,
You will find your way back to this room again, and you may find it was worth the journey between, but I cannot yet promise that.
Much love,
Present Self

And thus,
I stood hunched by the window,
and my brow melted the glass.
What will it be: love or no love?
And what kind of love:
big or minute?
How could a body like this have a big love?
It should be a teeny-weeny,
humble, little love;
a love that shies at the hooting of cars,
that adores the bells of horse-trams.
Vladimir Mayakovsky, A Cloud in Trousers (excerpt), trans. George Reavey (via mayakovsky)


Slurs are not oppressive because they are offensive, they are oppressive  because slurs by nature of being slurs draw upon certain power dynamics  to remind their target of his/her/their vulnerability in a certain relation to power and as an extension of that, to threaten violence and exploitation of that vulnerability.



People say “phase” like impermanence means insignificance. Show me a permanent state of the self.

clearly, death isn’t permanent

clearly, death is not the self or a state thereof

So, our sales rep at Wanderosa, in a series of emails unrelated to work, revealed himself to be a misogynist. 

It makes me wonder how many of these dudes with whom I chit chat about granite &c on a daily basis inwardly consider me inferior. 

If someone were to die at the age of 63 after a lifelong battle with MS or Sickle Cell, we’d all say they were a “fighter” or an “inspiration.” But when someone dies after a lifelong battle with severe mental illness and drug addiction, we say it was a tragedy and tell everyone “don’t be like him, please seek help.” That’s bullshit. Robin Williams sought help his entire life. He saw a psychiatrist. He quit drinking. He went to rehab. He did this for decades. That’s HOW he made it to 63. For some people, 63 is a fucking miracle. I know several people who didn’t make it past 23 and I’d do anything to have 40 more years with them.

Simon Van Booy, The Secret Lives of People in Love


Simon Van Booy, The Secret Lives of People in Love


Having a soft heart in a cruel world is courage, not weakness.
Katherine Henson (via onlinecounsellingcollege)
Sometimes, carrying on, just carrying on, is the superhuman achievement.
Albert Camus, The Fall (via looktotheants)

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