my boy lost his mom, his girlfriend, his sister as far as he knows, been dealing with the love of his life making time with hippies and haircuts, getting tortured and captured every other tuesday and his leadership contributions invalidated or minimized constantly while he walks around wracked with guilt and self doubt and the desire to be good and strong and courageous and kind and better than every day before and just

bellamy blake deserves so much love and happiness in his life,,,,, when will this show stop killing him and start letting him know what happiness is

Why do they always teach us that it’s easy and evil to do what we want and that we need discipline to restrain ourselves? It’s the hardest thing in the world–to do what we want. And it takes the greatest kind of courage. I mean, what we really want
—  Ayn Rand
It is never truly wrong to crave love from someone. No one ever said that it was a mistake to fall in love with someone you know who won’t feel the same way towards you. They call it unconditional love when you don’t expect anything in return. Selfless. Brave. When you accept that feelings sometimes will not be mutual. Yet I hope that you should be willing to give the same kind of love to yourself. That even if you did a lot of mistakes, you resist the urge to hate yourself. Instead, I hope that you forgive yourself and learn from lessons you will meet along the way. Because that needs a lot of patience, kindness and courage my dear. Loving yourself even if the world tells you not to. Forgiving yourself even if other people say you don’t need to. Being kind to yourself even if you sometimes think you can’t. Darling, this is what you should always remember, especially when you feel like everything around you seems to kill every little piece of you. Do not ever forget that you deserve love, more especially from yourself. Do not let your light fade away. Stars are there with a purpose. And so are you. Shine brighter. Live.
—  ma.c.a // Self love

I’m really happy about the way Oda treats Nami in this arc. She is really brave, clever and ready to fight everyone who wants to fight her family.

She doesn’t wait until Jinbei or the others try to sneak Brook out of BIG MOM’S (!!!) arms she just does it. By choice. I mean Nami always showed some kind of courage if she had to rescue her friends but here she didn’t show one bit of hesitation.

I think that shot just shows how big the yonkou actually is compared to Nami. The whole crew sees how terrifying BM is even when she sleeps. So let me just say thank you to Oda to give my girl some justice.

it’s not going to be you.
the first and only time I ever asked for you to make anything with me (a cake), you said “that’s something people in relationships do”.
in that moment i laughed out loud.
you heard it over the phone line and you grew silent.
it isn’t going to be you.
because you aren’t the kind of courageous I need.
because you don’t like adventure half as much as I do.
because you don’t know the weight of words.
you don’t understand what’s important to me.
we have different definitions of love.
your idea of what makes a good person, isn’t the same as mine.
it isn’t going to be you.
so you never meet my mother and my father never asks your name.
it isn’t going to be you.
because you aren’t what i need and because I’m not what you want.
I’m too soft spoken.
kinder than you had thought possible.
Too forgiving for your taste.
it isn’t going to be you.
because you don’t know how to love certainty.
the first and only time I ever asked you what you wanted from me, you said you didn’t know.
So it isn’t going to be you.
because that was the first night since I was 14, where I cried the whole way home. I am tired of tiptoeing around landmines.
I am tired of being the one who follows behind you.
I am tired of having to be the bigger person, and making myself smaller because of it.
I am important.
I have so much to offer to a person.
the next time around,
it isn’t going to be you.
but someone with a bigger heart.
and less shaky hands.
someone who isn’t afraid of love.
it isn’t going to be you.
i don’t know how to be sorry about it.
you don’t deserve me like that.

TO BE HOPEFUL in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness.
What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places—and there are so many—where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction.
And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.
—  Howard Zinn