inspirational bullshit

Can I say how much it bothers me to see inspirational messages like these show up in my feed? Great, I’m all for trying to encourage your friends to improve their lives and be positive about the future. However, I take particular issue with the line here, and found elsewhere, that “Happiness is a choice.” No it isn’t. Happiness, like other emotions, is not a verb. It’s a noun that describes a reaction, often fleeting, derived from extraneous circumstances.

To suggest it is as simple as a choice to be happy also suggests that I and millions of people like me are choosing the depression and anxiety that we carry. At best it holds the same weight as the empty and false platitude that “Frowning takes more muscles than smiling!” At worst it can be interpreted as victim blaming those for not trying hard enough to choose their way out of their mental health struggles.

Perhaps choose your inspirational quotes more wisely.

with a moonlit sky and
falling meteorites,
i saw a galaxy dancing,
in your alexandrite eyes.

keep me with your
stars hand plucked,
surrounded by
your evening stardust.
place me among the
universe in your hair,
tuck me gently inside
empty pockets of air.

there was no need
to find andromeda
when it forever existed
in your eyes;
there was no need to
find circinus
when it forever lived
in your cosmic smile.

  • Ouma: *rolls a die onto a board* Six! Here we go! *moves his piece* One, two, three, four, five, six! Park Place. I'll buy it. *throws monopoly money on the board*
  • Amami: Okay, a couple things: I already own it, you're not the thimble, and you rolled a five.
  • Ouma: *tosses the board with all the pieces and money off of the table*
  • Ouma: *sits back with hands folded and a pout*
  • Amami: Okay, Scrabble. *pulls out the game* This time, try to keep the pieces on the board.
Love poems like
  • Chiaki: NO! >:[ I love you most!
  • Nagito: No, I love you most, and here's a little poem to prove it...
  • Nagito: Charmanders are red. Squirtles are blue. If you were a Pokemon, I'd choose you. Your smile is stronger than a Hyperbeam. Like Jesse and James, we'd make the perfect team.
  • Nagito: I'll stay by your side like Pikachu and Ash, and I'll love you more than a level 80 Rapidash. You're more legendary than a Zapdos, Entei, or Mew.
  • Nagito: But out of all 802. I choose you.
  • Chiaki: ...
  • Chiaki: OMG, marry me? <3

How do I tell you
what you mean to me
when the sun steals you
in the morning
and the moon tucks you
in at night,
when the waves sail you
towards uncharted dreams
and the shores gift you
castles for homes?

How do I tell you
what you mean to me
when raindrops get to
feel the tenderness of your skin
and the storms demand you
to calm them,
when the birds impress you
with their love songs
and the willow leaves sway you
by dancing with the wind?

The entire universe has already
grasped your attention,
it has already called you its own.
So what could I possibly say
when you were never mine to begin with;
how could I possibly tell you
I love you
as the avalanche buries me under,
as the whirlpools take me down.