People are afraid of themselves, of their own reality; their feelings most of all…Feelings are disturbing. People are taught that pain is evil and dangerous. How can they deal with love if they’re afraid to feel? Pain is meant to wake us up. People try to hide their pain. But they’re wrong. Pain is something to carry, like a radio. You feel your strength in the experience of pain. It’s all in how you carry it. That’s what matters. Pain is a feeling. Your feelings are a part of you. Your own reality. If you feel ashamed of them, and hide them, you’re letting society destroy your reality. You should stand up for your right to feel your pain.
we’re all a little in love, aren’t we? someone will always make our lips twitch as we fight back that incoming smile. someone will always make our eyes twinkle and make them look like stars for a moment. someone will always make us shiver, make the hairs on the back of our necks rise, from the touch of their fingertips. someone will always give us blissfulness that sometimes won’t even last a minute, but oh man, it will make us think that forty-two seconds of happiness is enough to last us a lifetime. someone will always make our eyes water just from the beauty of their words as they whisper them in our ears. someone will always make us think twice about the color of dark brown eyes; like the color of hot chocolate that gives us warmth in a rainy afternoon, like the color of the sky just as the blackness of it meets the goldness of the fading day, like the bottom of the sea, like the color of mercury, venus, mars, and jupiter mixed together. i hope you’ve met that someone. i hope that they light the match you’ve been holding out to people for too long. i hope they look at you like the universe is right in front of them, and i hope you look at them just the same because my god, we all deserve that. i hope they make your heart tingle. i hope once you’ve found them, you realize it. i hope it’s not too late. because when i did, he didn’t. so the wind blew him into the arms of another.
—  19–98
There’s so much more to life than finding someone who will want you, or being sad over someone who doesn’t. There’s a lot of wonderful time to be spent discovering yourself without hoping someone will fall in love with you along the way, and it doesn’t need to be painful or empty. You need to fill yourself up with love. Not anyone else. Become a whole being on your own. Go on adventures, fall asleep in the woods with friends, wander around the city at night, sit in a coffee shop on your own, write on bathroom stalls, leave notes in library books, dress up for yourself, give to others, smile a lot. Do all things with love, but don’t romanticize life like you can’t survive without it. Live for yourself and be happy on your own. It isn’t any less beautiful.
—  Emery Allen
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