my social studies teacher once told us “human beings are the most selfish of all. even when someone dies, you shed tears only because they are no more around to provide you with whatever they had been for so long”
and it has been 3 years since she said this and this is still what i think about at night
I was speaking to a friend in Gaza and he told me that his little cousin is writing her name all over her body with her markers, just in case she gets blown up and no one can identify her. She is 11 years old. 11. The psychological pain and trauma the Palestinian children go through is absolutely repulsive.
1. Always eat if you’re hungry. Fuck, if it’s 3:45am and you want chicken, make yourself some chicken.
2. Let people make you happy, but don’t let your happiness depend on people.
3. If you stop complaining about something, you’ll probably stop hating it so much.
4. For the love of God, read books. Read so many books. Get so lost in their universes that you never fully return.
5. Treat yourself to something every few months. Even if it’s just giving into whatever craving you have at that given moment, do it. It’ll make you feel better, I promise.
6. Crying is not weak. Do it when you need to. (Even if this is every night in the safety of your own room)
7. Retail therapy heals a multitude of wounds. Just trust me.
8. Wear makeup if you want to. Wear a little, wear a lot, wear none at all. If it makes you feel beautiful, fuck what anyone else says to you.
9. Don’t roll with people who don’t think you’re important. It’s not worth it.
10. Eat the ice cream. All the ice cream.
11. Fact: dance parties are good for the soul.
12. Admire yourself in the mirror. Admire yourself every chance you get. You are an incredible beauty, no mater what, and there is abso-fucking-lutely nothing wrong with thinking so.
13. Drive with the windows down and sing at the top of your lungs. The people looking at you at red lights probably wish they could be having half the fun you are.
14. Kindness is so important, but so is anger. Don’t let anyone tell you that you always have to be an angel. Flip off the guy that cut you off.
15. Eating a whole pizza is a thing most people do. Don’t let anyone lie to you. (Eat the whole damn pizza.)
16. Numbers do not fucking define you.
17. Just because you’re young, you’re not insignificant. Anyone who tells you this is an asshole, I promise."