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happy 19th birthday Zendaya​ (september 1, 1996) → “a lot of the kids that grew up watching me on Shake It Up are now like 17, it’s weird; it makes me feel old. there’s that group of people, and as I get older and people know me from different things or just follow me on instagram or whatever, I think the most important thing is to have that balance.”

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“I kind of just embraced the things about me that were a little odd. The thing about having bipolar disorder, for me, is that I’m really empathetic. I feel everything around me so much. I feel when I walk past a homeless person, and I feel when my friend breaks up with someone, or I feel when my mom and my dad get into a fight and my mom’s fuckin’ crying over dishes in the sink. I used to say to her all the time, like, ‘I hate this. I want to be naïve. I want to be worried about my prom dress. I want to be worried about getting my math homework done. I want to be like everyone else my age,’ and she would say, 'Would you rather be blissfully ignorant or would you rather be pained and aware?’ That was one of the things that’s kind of followed with me through my whole life. She’s encouraging of what I’m doing because she knows that even if sometimes I might be in pain, I’m aware.” (x)