Sometimes, you just need someone to talk to. Someone who is not only willing to be there for you, but understands you & what you’re going through. Someone who you out down your guards & reveal your imperfections. Someone who will never judge you or sway away even from the mistakes you make. Someone who doesn’t need words to prove but you both know that the person will always be there. Someone who loves you, truly for who you are. One of the greatest gifts in life is having the chance to find someone like that in your life.
You’re a lot more beautiful than you give yourself credit for,“ he tells me.
“That’s easy for you to say,” I scoff.
“It is easy for me to say,” he replies, taking my hand and confidently continuing as if he doesn’t know I don’t believe him. “Because you only see yourself in a mirror. I get to see you in the world; living, breathing. What you see in your reflection does not do you justice; your reflection is not you.
—  in love with the idea of being adored
Sometimes, when I am drowning in my own thoughts, I sit down and think to myself “What did I do to deserve this?”. How did I end up like this? The girl who has always tried to please others and help them survive in a corrupt world. The girl who always managed to smile when everyone else cried and who laughed in the face of evil. What happened to this girl? This very same girl is now sitting down with streaks of eyeliner pouring down her face and quiet screams coming out of her mouth. This very girl has finally been broken.
—  Classy
What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger and who doesn’t love you makes it better for the one who’s meant to.
—  Savannah Black
It takes an incredible amount of mental and emotional stamina to recognize that you’re at a point in your life where a relationship would not be in your best interests. It takes even more willpower to resist the urge to fall into useless or even harmful flings with someone who would never love you the way you deserve, yet tells you they could. I used to have so much respect for those people who could accept that they weren’t ready for a relationship and then just simply not date. Now that I’m in that boat myself, I see how hard it is. I feel the pain, the loneliness. I see the empty bed at night and the empty spot beside me at the table when I’m drinking my morning coffee. And dammit, this shit is hard. It’s a lonely period of life. But I keep telling myself to focus on the here and now, to accomplish my goals, to just live life as it’s given to me, and before I know it five years will have passed and the right man will be at my doorstep with a bouquet of black-eyed-susan’s and an arm for me to hold. And it’ll be at that moment that I will look back at this season of life and be so thankful and proud of myself for not wasting my love on someone who didn’t appreciate it.

I’m a paradox. 

I want to be happy, but I think of things that make me sad.
I’m lazy, yet I’m ambitious.
I don’t like myself, but also love who I am.
I say I don’t care, but I really do.
I crave attention, but reject it when it comes my way. 

I’m a conflicted contradiction, and if I can’t figure myself out, there’s no way anyone else has.

Someone can be madly in love with you and still not be ready. They can love you in a way you have never been loved and still not join you on the bridge. And whatever their reasons you must leave. Because you never ever have to inspire anyone to meet you on the bridge. You never ever have to convince someone to do the work to be ready. There is more extraordinary love, more love that you have never seen, out here in this wide and wild universe. And there is the love that will be ready.
—  nayyirah waheed