courage of their convictions


Still in time for Doyle Appreciation Week \o/

I’d imagine the Feds would have had some inside jokes and plenty embarassing little stories circling around about him (nothing too mean spirited tho) i.e. that time Doyle met Agent Washington for the first time and fainted

But after Armonia the tone would shift and stories would change. Someone was once having a breakdown and he came to give them a small pep talk. Someone harsly bad-mouthed the Rebels and - despite the many disagreements between the factions - he asked them to stop doing that.

The best thing about those stories? All of them are true things that happened. And no one takes them more to heart than Kimball.

Stewart and her identity ― gay, bisexual, fluid or otherwise ― aren’t problems or problematic. Quite the contrary, whether she knows it or not, she is emblematic of the future, at least if we’re lucky (and smart) and follow her example. That doesn’t necessarily mean we need to constantly (or ever) redefine how we each personally identify ― interrogating your desire and your politics to determine your sexuality and then sticking with it is just fine, too. But finding the courage and conviction to embrace labeling and then relabeling if it feels right should be an option. No one should get to tell us how to feel or how to identify and no one should get to tell us that we’ve got it wrong or we’re confused because we might change or challenge our minds about who we want and when and why at any point in our lives ― whether it be once or never or every other weekend.
—  We Need To Talk About WTF Is Up With Kristen Stewart’s Sexuality | Noah Michelson for the Huffington Post

Vincent Van Gogh

“All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream”

“Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.”

“I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.”

“If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.”

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ladies in film: elle woods (legally blonde)

“At the very first day at Harvard, a very wise professor quoted Aristotle, "the law is reason free from passion!” Well, no offence to Aristotle, but in my three years at Harvard. I have come to find: Passion is the key ingredient to the study and practice of law, and of life. It was for passion, courage of conviction, strong sense of self that we take our next step into the world. Remembering the first impressions are not always correct, you must always have faith in people, and most importantly you must always have faith in yourself.“

Give me modern au (adopted) teen Cosette having loads of self-esteem issues

Give me teen Cosette being so shy she perpetually hides her face in a scarf and nervously plays with her hair whenever she can’t do so, never looking directly someone in the eyes to avoid seeing mockery in them

Give me teen Cosette who can only find flaws in her appearance - she’s too skinny, too pale, with too many dark circles under her eye, the brace doesn’t suit her- no matter what her totally enamoured and loving papa says

Give me teen Cosette not having many friends because of this but still being polite and kind and generous with everyone

Give me growing up Cosette who start getting tired of this and sick of being afraid of being herself and showing herself for what she is and what she looks like

Cosette who starts watching make up tutorials on youtube and becomes very good at make up herself  (”No papa, my smile isn’t the only make up I need”)

Cosette who’s still unsure of herself but fake it till you make it, am I right?

Give me Cosette who after some time finally gathers the strength to show up at those “les amis de l'abc” meetings she always heard of and never had the courage to attend

Cosette who introduce herself with such conviction (daring anyone in the small crowd of strangers not to take her seriously) and yet grace that someone shouts “wow Enjolras why didn’t you tell us you had a twin”

Enjolras being dubious about her at first but immediately regretting it the moment he hears her talking about equality and feminism and glass ceiling (“I’M SO SORRY THAT’S SO HYPOCRITICAL OF ME DOUBTING SOMEONE FOR BEING GOOD-LOOKING”)

Cosette that gradually grows to be so comfortable around these kind and totally crazy people that she even manages to show herself without make up (and is still obviously gorgeous ) (her papa cries a little when he sees her go out like that so confidently but shh don’t tell that to anyone)

Give me growingly-confident Cosette gradually revealing her sunny and kind but also mischievous personality to her friends

Give me Cosette who doesn’t take anyone shit anymore and doesn’t allow anyone to walk over her or her friends

young shy Cosette growing up to slay (✿◠‿◠)  (✿◠‿◠)  (✿◠‿◠)

Depression’s Truth

by Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche

Depression is something we all experience. For some people depression is mild, while for others it is very intense and debilitating. For some people it lasts for a short time and then disappears, while for others it may persist over many years, or even an entire lifetime. We generally think of depression as a terrible state to be in: it is something we think we have to overcome, and we go to great lengths to hide it from others. This is probably because when we suffer from depression, our energy levels and motivation go down and we become withdrawn, uncommunicative, irritable, resentful and basically very difficult to be with. There is also often a lot of anger, jealousy or envy mixed with depression, because seeing someone who is happy only makes our depression worse. The point is that depression, in terms of its symptoms, can be debilitating and paralysing because of what the Buddhists call the “conflicting emotions” associated with it. When we are depressed, our self-esteem and self-confidence plummet. We begin to doubt ourselves. We begin to think that we have become a failure at everything.

Western psychotherapists say that you can learn a person’s reasons for experiencing depression if you look into their biographical or biological history. From the Buddhist point of view, though, the fundamental understanding is that depression is based on our interpretations of our life situations, our circumstances, our self-conceptions. We get depressed for not being the person we want to be. We get depressed when we think we have not been able to achieve the things that we want to achieve in life.

But depression is not necessarily a bad state to be in. When we are depressed, we may actually be able to see through the falsity and deceptive nature of the samsaric world. In other words, we should not think, “When I am depressed my mind is distorted and messed up, while when I am not depressed I am seeing everything clearly.”

According to Buddhism, the world that we perceive — the world we interact with and live in — is insubstantial. Through the experience of depression and despair we can begin to see things more clearly rather than less clearly. It is said that we are normally charmed or bedazzled by the world, like a spell has been put on us by the allure of samsaric excitements and entertainment. When we get depressed, though, we begin to see through that — we are able to cut through the illusions of samsara. Depression, when we work with it, can be like a signal, something that puts a brake on our excesses and reminds us of the banality of the samsaric condition, so that we will not be duped into sliding back into the old habits again. It reminds us of the futility, insignificance and non-substantiality of the samsaric condition.

That is extremely important, according to Buddhism, because if we are not convinced of the illusory nature of the samsaric condition, we will always be two-minded. We will have one foot in the spiritual realm and the other in the samsaric realm, never being fully able to make that extra effort.

We are not talking, though, about chronic or clinical depression here, depression that has got way out of hand. We are talking about the kind of depression that makes us stop and think and re-evaluate our lives. This kind of depression can aid us in terms of our spiritual growth, because it makes us begin to question ourselves. For all these years we may have been thinking, “I’m this kind of person,” “I’m that kind of person,” “I’m a mother,” “I’m an engineer,” or whatever. Then suddenly that familiar world crumbles. The rug is pulled out from under our feet. We have to have experiences like that for our spiritual journey to be meaningful; otherwise we will not be convinced of the non-substantial nature of the samsaric world. Instead, we will take the world of everyday life to be real.

With a genuinely constructive form of depression, we become nakedly in touch with our emotions and feelings. We feel a need to make sense of everything, but in new ways. Now, making sense of everything from the samsaric point of view does not work. All the old beliefs, attitudes and ways of dealing with things have not worked. One has to evaluate, say and do things differently, experience things differently. That comes from using depression in a constructive fashion.

Depression can be used to curb our natural urges to lose control, to become distracted and outwardly directed, dispersing our energy in all directions. The feeling of depression always reminds us of ourselves; it stops us from becoming lost in our activities, in our experiences of this and that. A genuinely constructive form of depression keeps us vividly in touch with our feelings. In that sense, a modest form of depression is like a state of mental equilibrium.

Everything we experience is normally experienced from an egoistic or narcissistic point of view. But a constructive form of depression takes away the brashness, the security and the illusory forms of self-confidence that we have. When we are depressed, instead of thinking with such confidence, “I know what is going on, I know where things are at,” we are forced to be more observant and to question our assumptions, attitudes and behavior. That is what we have to do if we are to make progress on the spiritual path.

The individual is then open to new ways of doing things, new and creative ways of thinking. As the Buddhist teachings say, we have to ride with life, we have to evolve. Life itself is a learning process and we can only evolve and learn when we are open. We are open when we question things, and we only question things when we are aware of our inadequacies as much as of our abilities. Being aware of what we do not know is more important than being aware of what we do know: if we concentrate on what we do not know, we will always be inquisitive and want to learn. And we want to learn if there is that slight experience of depression, which in Tibetan is called yid tang skyo pa, which has the connotation of being tired of all that is unreal, of all that is sham and illusory. The mood of depression can, in fact, propel us forward.

Even though many people who experience depression say that they feel stuck, the feeling of depression can be a motivating force. The Christian mystics used the expression, “dark night of the soul,” which means that you have to experience the darkness in order to go forward. You cannot just embark on the mystical journey and expect everything to be hunky-dory. You have to have the experience of the carpet being pulled out from under your feet and you have to experience yourself dangling and questioning, filled with doubts and uncertainties, not knowing what the hell is going on. As Lao Tzu says, “Those who say they know, don’t know, and those who say they don’t know, know.” I suppose he is making a similar kind of point, in that the true intuitive knowledge necessary on the spiritual path comes from doubt, uncertainty and not knowing. The arrogance of knowing is expiated.

In other words, the spiritual path does not just consist of things that massage the ego or make the ego feel good and comfortable. The ego has to be continuously and repeatedly challenged in order for us to grow spiritually. One of the first things that the ego has to learn is that nothing in this world is stable or absolutely true.

In order to deal with depression effectively, we must cultivate five qualities in our meditation: courage, awareness, joy, love and compassion. Cultivating courage means that we have to have the willingness to allow ourselves to be in a depressed state. If depression is the state that we find ourselves in, we should not become alarmed and regard it as a sign of something terrible. We have to have the courage not to recoil from our experience but simply allow it to arise. It is not helpful to indulge in negative internal dialogues like, “How long is this depression going to last? Is it going to get worse? How am I going to be able to cope with myself? What will people think of me?” Approaching everything that we experience courageously will result in those experiences having no effect on us: on the contrary, we will become empowered by them.

This sort of courage is based on a fundamental conviction that we are capable of dealing with whatever it is that arises, rather than thinking that somehow or other what arises is going to have an adverse effect on us. When we start to think that our experience is going to affect us adversely, then fear, anxiety and all of those things come up. But when we are able to say, “Whatever arises is O.K.,” we do not have to be so self-protective. By allowing the depressive mood to be there — if that is what comes up — we are showing courage. If we have that kind of courage we are not harmed. More damage is done by hiding behind our illusions and delusions; when we do that, the conflicting emotions become insidious.

Most damage takes place due to lack of courage. This lack of courage is almost like a pathological need to protect ourselves. We think, “I won’t be able to handle this, it will be too much. I will be destroyed. I will go crazy.” We indulge in all kinds of negative monologues. This is the reason our minds get disturbed, not because we have had such-and-such experience. It is not our experiences but our reactions to them that cause damage. We have to forget about our fear that we will somehow be harmed by our negative experiences. If we concentrate more on the courageous mental act of being able to accommodate and accept, we will provide room for the depressive state of mind to be there and we will no longer react to it with alarm.

Having courage in meditation practice means that there automatically will be awareness there. Awareness means being able to see what is going on. If we do not show courage in our meditation there will be no awareness either, because we will instinctively recoil from our meditative experiences. As soon as something disturbing or unpleasant arises, such as a depressive mood, we will recoil. We have to practice awareness in relation to things that we think of as harmful, as well as the things we regard as innocuous. Through showing courage, we can be aware of what we have allowed ourselves to experience.

Awareness is not a state, but a process: an “aware-ing.” All the mental states that arise in the mind are also processes. This is an important thing to notice. Even if you are in a depressed mood, you see that the mood changes — if you are aware. If you are not aware, there is no change, no transmutation, no movement. But if you are aware, you will notice that subtle permutations of change are continuously taking place: you will see that the experience of the depressed mood itself fluctuates. Normally we assume that it is the same depression, but it is never the same. It is always presenting itself differently.

This kind of attention is one of the things that Buddhism encourages us to exercise through the practice of meditation, because not noticing things is what leads us to solidify our experiences. When that solidification takes place, our minds become fixated on things and awareness is instantly dissipated. We are no longer in touch with our own mental state. When we are directly in touch with our mental state, we can see the changing hues of our depressive mood.

One sign of depression is a person’s posture. In meditation, we pay attention to our posture. We do not sit with our shoulders slouched, looking defeated and forlorn. It is said that the shoulders should be extended and the chest out, showing some kind of majesty and royal bearing. That has to be included in the practice of awareness.

The way to stay in touch with our mental state is simply by paying attention to what we are experiencing in the moment. But when Buddhists talk about “being in the now,” they often think that the “now” has no relevance to the past or the future. That is not true. The way to experience the present moment is not by ignoring the relationship between our present experience and where that experience has come from or where it might be going. The past and the present are embodied in the experiences that we have as human beings. Whatever experiences we have, we have them because of the past; we cannot have an experience that is totally disconnected from our past.

The reason why a particular experience arose in the first place is because of our past. That is the reality of karma. Our present mental state is the product of previous mental states and previous life experiences. In other words, what we are experiencing now is the fruit of what we have experienced in the past. When we pay attention to what we are experiencing now, through awareness, we are able to determine our future karma by making it take a different course. If we do not pay attention, our future karma will not be altered.

Besides courage and awareness, we need to cultivate joy in order to work with depression. Joy here does not mean elation, which is always a bad sign. When we are feeling really high, we crash really hard. In this context, joy means a sense of physical and mental wellbeing. That is, if we have good experiences in meditation, we do not feel too excited, and if we have bad experiences, we do not feel too down and hopeless. Joy in Tibetan is called dga’ ba; it means not being like a yo-yo, basically. In either elation or depression, according to the Buddhist teachings, there is no real joy — we are just being swept along by our emotional currents. When we are happy we are so happy — and we become completely overwhelmed by that — and when we are unhappy the emotion is so strong that we cannot bear it.

Joy is more about being on an even keel. This does not mean that we cannot sometimes feel really uplifted and joyous. But if we have a joyful disposition — an underlying mental attitude of joy — then we do not completely break down when things do not go our way, or lose it to the other extreme when things go well. Instead there is a sense of equilibrium. The fact is, we do not know what to expect: sometimes things will be wonderful, and other times things will be terrible. But having practiced meditation — having dealt with our depression and other states of mind — there can be that underlying sense of joy.

So dealing with our present situation is the most important thing, according to Buddhism. We should not always be thinking that things should be different, that something else should be happening based on our own wishes. If we stop doing that, we will experience joy.

Along with courage, awareness and joy, we need love and compassion in order to work with our depression. In Buddhism, love and compassion are related to how we view ourselves and others. When we are depressed, we do not feel worthy of receiving love, let alone giving love. We do not feel worthy of receiving the gift of compassion from others, let alone capable of giving the gift of compassion. But through the practice of meditation on love and compassion — called “mind training” in Buddhism — we begin to realise that we have something to give and that we can give it. When that feeling returns, we feel more connected to other beings.

The gift of love or compassion is in the act of giving itself. We do not have to receive something in return to make these gifts worthwhile. The simple existence of others is what makes them worthwhile, because without others we would be solitary, lonely, cut-off and miserable people. Life would be far less rich if other people were not part of our world. It is said in the teachings that even people who cause us difficulties help us to grow if we are able to deal with them properly.

Practicing love and compassion — along with courage, awareness and joy — will keep what Winston Churchill referred to as his “black dog” at bay. That does not mean we will get rid of our depression overnight, but we do not have to. The negative effects of depression will gradually decrease and our ability to make use of depression in a constructive fashion will increase.

If we are able to meditate and learn to develop courage, awareness, joy, love and compassion, we will grow and depression will dissipate. We do not have to get rid of it — depression will get worn out by itself. That is important. Thinking of depression as an enemy and trying to conquer or overcome it, at least from the Buddhist point of view, is a self-defeating task. Our task in meditation is not to do that, but rather to learn the skills necessary to deal with whatever it is that we are experiencing.


Believe me, I do not lightly meddle in other people’s affairs. That’s been Demelza’s way, and often I’ve chided her for it. But lately I’ve come around to her way of thinking. She would say that if two people love each other, then the obstacles which keep them apart must be substantial, else they lack of courage of their convictions. I think she would also say that life holds very few things which are genuinely worth having.

Back To Your Arms...

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Warning: Injured Robbie!!!!!

((I was feeling like shit sooo I decided to write some Robb Stark cause he always makes me feel better! To the anon who requested, I hope you like it!))

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Women who are called into divine feminine service – that of raising the collective feminine spiritual vibration quotient on this planet – are not shrinking violets.

These women – who no doubt possess an ocean of the purest unconditional love and compassion at their conjoined Hearts – must be strong, bold and wise enough to make waves wherever they are sent.

These women are the Ones who walk into old paradigms and shake them up at their core.

These women are the Ones who have heard the Call of the Mountains, of the Sea, and of the Stars and Wind, and are doing something about it.

They are compassionate enough to have heard the desperate cries of those who need their Light. They are brave enough to move out of their own self-deprecation and self-doubt, and move into communities that require a sensitive, wise, age-old and intuitive voice to lead them back to sanity.

These women are not ‘nice’. They are not compliant. They are not people-pleasers. They do not seek approval from every ego that crosses their path. They do not adhere to the embedded morality and restrictions related to ‘what good girls do’.

They are not ‘good girls’. They are not ‘bad girls’ either. They refuse to be put into boxes because they have chosen to release and liberate their Spirits.

If they only lived to seek approval from others then they would be agreeing to the status quo as it is right now in this world.

These courageous, pioneering females have appetites for life, for love, for sex, for food, for men, for women, for the earth, for the Light.

They have appetites for power, and they are greedy for personal and spiritual expansion.

When you control a woman’s appetite for anything, you make it easier to control her.

These women were never, ever destined to be controlled. They have been given very specific roles by the Goddess to go into achingly-old and crumbling patriarchal paradigms, and break them up.

They have been selected to charge into places that are stuck, dead, overgrown with weeds, blocked and numb. They bring with them their overarching Higher Wisdom and carefully-honed skills of healing.

They know, deep inside, that the people and places that they are sent to are designed to be broken open, broken down, broken through.

This is not an easy task because it demands total courage and conviction of the Self.

It demands total Wholeness, Self-Realisation, Commitment to Truth, Unwavering Faith and Devotion to the Greater Good.
It demands Vision and Foresight.
It demands staying centred in the eye of the storm.
It demands all their inner resources to create frequency changes, stir up the emotional and spiritual waters, expose secrets and lies, confront denials and plant the seeds of extreme and radical transformation.

When these Women are called in, changes start.
All that has been repressed and denied begins to surface. The healing starts, but first comes the chaos.

Women of Spirit are not afraid of chaos, because they know that all New Light is born from it.

They are not afraid of intense emotions. They are not afraid of the ego’s reactions to being threatened by Divine Love.

Women who are in their Wholeness are a threat to the Old Order.

Women who love themselves, their bodies, their hearts, their intuitive senses, their psychic gifts, their ability to love without manipulation or fear – these women are dangerous to the status quo.

These women have energy to change the earth, bring Her back to balance, bring Her back to Love.

Because they are not wasting time or energy hating themselves. They are not wasting time worrying about what others think of their brazen confidence, their unapologetic, raw creative and sexual power, their mesmerising intelligence, and ability to rule the world.

These women do not have to apologise for existing.
They do not have to make themselves quieter, smaller, more ‘appropriate’, less visible or diminished.
They are sent to Earth to love with a fierce quality of compassion and wild, sacred intensity that has no roots in the ego.

This kind of Healing Love can only ever emanate from the Spirit.
These are brave, wise, visionary, patient, persevering, devoted and relentless females.
They will keep going until their last human breath on the earth plane.
They will not stop.

These are Women who Live to carry out tasks of great global and universal importance. Don’t underestimate the nature of these Holy Tasks. There are many who live here who want to bring them down; who can’t handle their ability to reveal Truth; who wither in the face of such unbridled self-love.
Who the hell do these women think they are?

Who do they think they are, to go around believing in themselves, loving themselves, admiring themselves, using their talents, expounding their ideas, opinions and wisdom, spreading their goddamn-blinding-Light?

Women who don’t need approval from men to feel they are valid. Women who don’t need to be kept by a man to feel they are safe. Women who don’t need to be in a relationship just to feel worthy.

These are women who really, truly love men.

These are the women that hold the Real Keys to the spiritual progression of the Masculine.

They are the Ones who will love men from a place of re-discovered Wholeness and Empowered Essence.

This is what Men really want, and need, in order to be free, divinely-motivated, built-up, charged and ready for the New Era.

These Women of Spirit NEED men, and adore men. But they are programmed to CHALLENGE men at their very existential core.

In order for these Women to be ravished, taken, blown-open to God and taken into worshipful ecstasy by Men, they need first to have challenged them, pushed them, confronted them and ignited their Spirits.

These Women have a Contract to show the men who are ready for them Who They Really Are.

And this only happens if women make waves, make noise, challenge untruth, unashamedly reveal and display their power, and look unwaveringly into the eyes of any who would seek to diminish them.

If you know a woman like this, you will already have felt the vibrations of her.
If you are this woman, don’t give up.
If you want to be this woman, you have full Divine permission.
Go, and rock the world on it’s axis.

You were never, ever born to be forgotten. You will always, eternally, be remembered.

~Sophie Bashford

On our very first day at Harvard, a very wise Professor quoted Aristotle: “The law is reason free from passion.” Well, no offense to Aristotle, but in my three years at Harvard I have come to find that passion is a key ingredient to the study and practice of law – and of life. It is with passion, courage of conviction, and strong sense of self that we take our next steps into the world, remembering that first impressions are not always correct. You must always have faith in people. And most importantly, you must always have faith in yourself.
—  Elle Woods, Legally Blonde
NaLu, Fairy Tail & Fanservice

@beautiful-souls-exist This reply got too long not to give it a post of its own. You mentioned some points that really get on my nerves across the FT fandom in general.

Mashima likes drawing ecchi scenes he said it in an interview. If that’s how he wants to draw, it’s his series, he can do what he wants. I think problems occur from people who don’t respect FT in its entirety and are mainly concerned about the ships. They moan about fanservice, complain when there aren’t pairing moments for their ship. Well, this isn’t some lame romance manga that is all about sappy sweet moments, it’s a shonen and if they don’t like that then they can stop watching/reading. If you want that kind of romance, then watch the appropriate genre and don’t expect it from a manga that never promised it in the first place. I would consider any pairing in a shonen manga extremely lucky to get a kiss scene of any form.

I don’t mind the fanservice because Mashima uses it with humorous effect and he puts in more effort (than any other shonen mangaka I’ve seen) into making his female characters relevant. Considering its part of the manga style I find it unacceptable that people use it as an excuse to call Natsu or Gray (or whoever) an abuser. Using these scenes to discredit a pairing as “unhealthy” is a lazy and cheap argument when you’re talking about a shonen manga, that’s been fanservice heavy from the very beginning. I don’t think there’s been one chapter that hasn’t had it. So, if they continue watching/reading FT knowing this, I find it very hypocritical to then bash characters and pairings because of it. Boob grabs (and the like) have and always will be included many anime and manga, whether people like it or not.

So, they are saying that Natsu is an unredeemable character because he’s groped Lucy, never mind everything else he’s done for her. The arguments using fanservice are slights against the character in question, not a pairing. Which as I said is unfair to do, given the fact they chose to read a shonen manga. That has always been heavy in fanservice and will continue to do so until it finishes. The same goes for Gray, does scenes of him groping Juvia or hoping to peek on Lucy in the bath make him a horrible character, no it doesn’t. They are meant to be of comedic value and not taken so seriously.

Some shippers seem to want perfect relationships, where nothing goes wrong, no one upsets anyone else, no events happen that can possibly have any negative consequences or implications (no angst). My answer to the people who expect this is one, they need to grow the hell up and two, perfect friendships and relationships don’t exist. There are flaws in ALL OTPs because otherwise the characters and story would be boring. If I thought my OTP was perfect I wouldn’t ship them. In fact, the relationships that seem perfect are usually signs they aren’t that close, or there are serious underlying problems they are trying to cover up. People fight and do/say stupid things because of emotion because they care enough to feel. Before anyone tells me, I’m looking too deeply into it, characters are usually based on real people and experiences the creator has been through themselves. If they are not, that’s when uninteresting “perfect” characters occur.  

One or two scenes of fanservice do not discount a lot of other nice behaviour, if not for Natsu then Lucy would be very lonely and unhappy. Whether you like Natsu and Lucy as a couple or not, that is a fact, because they are best friends. The same goes for Natsu, before Lucy the only one he would team up with regularly was happy, no one else tolerated his personality like Lucy. Natsu found the ying to his yang when he found Lucy (whether you take that as friendship or lover compatibility is your decision). I view opinions that try to discount this are purely hot air because it is already a cannon concept (pointed out by Mashima many times).

As for Natsu leaving, as much as this may pain some shippers to realise but not everything Natsu decides revolves around Lucy. Natsu is his own person and dealt with his grief by leaving, it doesn’t mean it wasn’t selfish, but it’s what he needed to do. Natsu had to leave because he couldn’t cope with his own feelings. He was probably feeling insecure, inadequate, grief, anger and so on. Natsu can be dense and probably didn’t realise the full impact of his departure on Lucy. However, Natsu showed he cared about Lucy a great deal because she was the only one he sent a letter.

As for Natsu showing up around her house, Mashima has shown that Lucy got used to their presence and it became a routine that she expected. It makes her feel loved and cared for because she doesn’t have anyone waiting for her to get home and the guild can only do so much to fill that void. Natsu does respect her when she clearly needs her own space.

Natsu visiting her, being a constant presence, is something she didn’t realise she needed until it was gone. Such is life and absence makes the heart grow fonder. I believe Natsu leaving made them closer, as their attitude towards each other changed visibly when he returned.

As for the hypothermia scenario in ch. 512, yes, it is a clear set-up for fanservice but it is also a serious scene. The fact that Lucy is willing to put aside her embarrassment, allow herself to be so vulnerable (emotionally and physically) to save someone who means the world to her.  To do this is remarkably courageous (for a young woman), showing a strength and conviction to help Natsu no matter what the cost. It shows that Lucy was very serious when she said she would do whatever it take to save Natsu. You can view it as just fanservice or you can think about what it truly means for Lucy (especially in front of other people, I certainly wouldn’t like to do that).

sentence prompts ➝ interview with the vampire(film)
  • ❝Kill them swiftly, if you will.❞
  • ❝My god, I’ve failed again.❞
  • ❝Don’t be afraid. I’m going to give you the choice I never had.❞
  • ❝You can pretend it’s wine.❞
  • ❝Evil is a point of view.❞
  • ❝I wasn’t given a choice, remember?❞
  • ❝We’re in a nice, filthy cemetery.❞
  • ❝Bear me no ill will, my love. We are now even.❞
  • ❝It’s a coffin, it’s a coffin.❞
  • ❝You lack the courage of your convictions.❞
  • ❝Do you find us beautiful? Magical?❞
  • ❝Let me live. I don’t care.❞
  • ❝No one could resist me, not even you.❞
  • ❝Perhaps you’d like another cigarette?❞
  • ❝Forgive me if I have a lingering respect for life.❞
  • ❝We belong in hell.❞
  • ❝It’s so easy you almost feel sorry for them.❞
  • ❝I assume I need no introduction.❞
  • ❝As much as your invitation might appeal to me, I must regretfully decline.❞
  • ❝Let me show you some real sport.❞
  • ❝Merciful death. How you love your precious guilt.❞
  • ❝I’ll put you in your coffin!❞
  • ❝Do you know what it means to be loved by death?❞
  • ❝We are predators.❞
  • ❝Have you said your goodbyes to the light?❞
  • ❝Do we forgive each other then?❞
  • ❝I came to make peace with you.❞
  • ❝Your body’s dying. Pay no attention, it happens to us all.❞
  • ❝Did you do it to me?❞
  • ❝Her blood coursed through my veins, sweeter than life itself.❞
  • ❝I’m yours forever.❞
  • ❝You’ve been a very, very naughty little girl.❞
  • ❝I’m not dead, am I?❞
  • ❝Enough! Enough! Stop!❞
  • ❝I feed on those who cross my path.❞
  • ❝I’m frightened of myself.❞
  • ❝Do you think I would let them harm you?❞
  • ❝I want some more.❞
  • ❝Goodnight, sweet prince, may flights of devils wing you to your rest.❞
  • ❝Where are we?❞
  • ❝The word changes, we do not; therein lies the irony that finally kills us.❞
  • ❝You condemned me to hell!❞
  • ❝Perfect! Just perfect! Just burn the place. Burn everything we own.❞
  • ❝Does this make you happy?❞
  • ❝I promise I’ll get rid of the bodies.❞
  • ❝That’s something I’ve never heard before.❞
  • ❝You are beautiful, my friend.❞
  • ❝Suppose death had a heart to love and to release you, to whom would be turn this passion?❞
  • ❝You should consider yourself lucky.❞
  • ❝I was waiting for you in that alleyway: watching you watching me.❞
  • ❝It’s your coffin, my love. Enjoy it. Most of us never get to know what it feels like.❞

anonymous asked:

with a record deal as big as harry's, obviously the numbers matter, but i didn't get the impression that H was trying to do something explosive or record breaking. it seems like the song is for HIM. he's doing this for himself. he's writing music that he wants to release. yeah, seeing #1 beside the tune would be nice, but seeing him be so excited, happy, and PROUD is worth it all. he's out there doing his thing and i'm just so :''''')

I agree 100%. As far as I’m concerned, Harry should be incredibly proud of himself for crafting a song that he himself loves and is proud of, and fpr having the courage of his convictions to release something that sounds unlike anything currently in the charts. 

Personally I’’m interested in the numbers because a) I’m a geek for that stuff and b) I’m very curious to see how a song like this fares beyond the fandom, given that it’s an almost-6 minute glam/classic rock throwback.

If Harry was concerned about a guaranteed worldwide no 1 smash he probably would have released a different song, so I’m genuinely not concerned about that. The only thing I would love for him is to go to number 1 at home in the UK, I think that would be really special for him. 

"We can gain no lasting peace if we approach it with suspicion and mistrust or with fear. We can gain it only if we proceed with the understanding, the confidence, and the courage which flow from conviction." - Franklin D. Roosevelt

“We can gain no lasting peace if we approach it with suspicion and mistrust or with fear. We can gain it only if we proceed with the understanding, the confidence, and the courage which flow from conviction.” - Franklin D. Roosevelt


(Janet Montgomery as Betha Blackwood)

“What sort of queen will you be?”

“A good one, I should hope.”

“And it begins with advising your husband to sentence me to death?”

“You must be punished. Surely you see that. If you are not punished, then Aegon’s words will not be worth the scroll they are written on. Safe passage was promised to that Blackfyre pretender.”

“I see a king who would not have been king if Aenys Blackfyre’s head had not been struck off by my order. I see a realm drenched in blood if I had cared more about keeping my word and about my oh-so-precious honor than about the good of the realm.”

“And I see a king whose reign begins with a broken promise and an unpunished crime. Such a king –“

“- could not hope to rule in peace for long. I know. What must be, must be.”

“Aegon will offer you the chance to take the black in lieu of death. You must accept it.”

“Must I? Perhaps I prefer death. Have you thought of that?”

“Uncle, you must!”

Brynden Rivers is not really an uncle, more a cousin a few times removed, but Uncle Brynden he had always been to Betha. The thought of him losing his head makes her shudder.

He lifts up her chin. “Hold your head up. You had the right of it. I must be punished, for the sake of the crown. A queen must not waver, must not lose the courage of her conviction, especially one married to a dreamer such as Aegon.”

“Aegon is a good man, and he will be a good king.”

“Perhaps. If he has a strong enough string tethering him down to earth while he dreams of flying.”

“You mean yourself? You are that string?”

He laughs. “No, Betha. I mean you. I mean his queen.”

“What if I want to fly too? What if I want to be by his side holding his hand while he reaches up for his dream?”

“You can be by his side, but you must never lose sight of the ground. You do not have the luxury, child.”

“I am not a child, Uncle.”

“No, you are not, Your Grace.”