As an introvert, you can be your own best friend or your worst enemy. The good news is we generally like our own company, a quality that extroverts often envy. We find comfort in solitude and know how to soothe ourselves. Even our willingness to look at ourselves critically is often helpful. But, we can go too far. We can hoard responsibility and overlook the role others play. We can kick ourselves when we’re down. How many times have you felt lousy about something, only to get mad at yourself for feeling lousy?
I finally figured out that I’m solitary by nature, but at the same time I know so many people; so many people think they own a piece of me. They shift and move under my skin, like a parade of memories that simply won’t go away. It doesn’t matter where I am, or how alone—I always have such a crowded head.
—  Charles de Lint, Memory and Dream
What do you wish someone told you before you decided to live alone?

We’re working on a story all about what it’s REALLY like to not have roommates – everything from the perks of independence to the occasional moments of loneliness. Whether good or bad, what have you found out about living alone that you didn’t expect? Is there anything you wish you knew before making the big move?

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Today I sat alone in a coffee shop, reading my book and sipping a cappuccino and it suddenly dawned on me
I was content with my life, I didn’t feel the weight of my burdens crushing my soul
or that my lungs could collapse at any moment giving up on trying to push oxygen through my body
Maybe it was only for today, or just that moment
Maybe it was because of the way the sun reflected on the glass, or the song that I happened to be listening to
But for that moment I felt like I could get through it all, the heartbreak, the loss, the past, the present, the future
and that I would be okay
—  Four: Carol Shlyakhova(strong-but-breakable)

I’m at a really low point in my life right now and need help or advice or anything

I have always wanted to do makeup my entire life, it brought me out of my depression and continues to be my favorite pastime and activity and I want to turn it into my career.

This is my plan:

I want to go to a local beauty school to become a licensed esthetician, once licensed I can get high paying jobs doing makeup and skin peels, waxing, etc. with this license I can save up to go to my dream school : cinema makeup school, where I could become licensed and get my foot in the door in the cinematic makeup world. I’ve spent hours researching the best schools and areas and this is the best for me and it’s what I want to do. I will wake up HAPPY to do work and go to my job, isn’t that what matters,???

I currently work at a movie theater making 10.30$/ an hour and don’t make anywhere near enough to pay for my car insurance and go to college
And my family is completely able to support me, they paid both of my brothers through college, but since makeup school is not real school, they will not support me. My dad and mom think I should go to community first and then a four year and THEN do makeup but that is not me. I do not have a major for a college.

4 year colleges are not for makeup careers and I want a career in makeup.

I would attend a 4 year college if I wanted a career that corresponded to a four year college, but makeup artistry does not.

I don’t know why it is ok to fully support my brothers and not fully support me?
I don’t know how I haven’t proven my dedication and passion.
I’m scared for my future, I don’t know what to do
FAFSA will only give a 1,000$ grant because of our high income, but my family refuses to use the income towards beauty school

Please help