reclaim power

you all realize that the power behind reclaiming queer is that it’s still a slur, right? like that’s where the radical, cishet angering, internalized hate freeing stuff lies - in the fact queer’s still a slur that targets us. but individually we have the right to reclaim it as something empowering. not every LGBT person can look past their trauma surrounding the slur to reclaim it and that’s ok. by reclaiming queer we’re fighting for those people too. but denying that LGBT people are still targeted and harmed by the q slur is not radical, empowering, or beneficial for your fellow LGBT siblings. denying other LGBT people’s trauma and pain doesn’t help this community, regardless of your good intentions when calling us all “queers”. 

queer can be a slur and your identity at one time. queer can be reclaimed by some but not by others. queer can be a source of trauma for some and empowerment for others. this is not a black and white issue. it’s full of gray areas. so please just be respectful. 




9 Things Draining Your Power You Can Drop Today

1. TV - what are you filling your subconscious with? Our subconscious minds create thoughts based on what we feed it. If you want to create thoughts that will help you on your journey - fill your subconscious with imagery & sounds associated with what you’re trying to achieve. For example if you’re trying to become physically & mentally healthier consume motivational content - videos, podcasts & blogs.

2. Toxic people - be aware of psychic vampires. Unfortunately there are some people in the world who don’t like to see others winning or improving themselves in any way - they feed off the energy you waste in conflict with them. Identify these people and distance yourself from them if you don’t want to become like them - unfulfilled and intent on destroying others.

3. Junk food - junk in, junk out. Look at your body for the technological masterpiece it is. You’ve been blessed with a Ferrari - are you going to give it the best fuel possible to get the best performance out of it? Or are you going to give it the cheapest fuel to just get by? This is the choice you have to make when it comes to feeding your body - healthy foods = healthy mental & physical performance.

4. Unsupportive relationships - surround yourself with positive people. If you’re around people who don’t believe in you - find those who do. Spend more time with those who are on a similar path to you and support each other. If your parents, spouse, friends or siblings don’t support you - it doesn’t mean you have to cut them out of your life, just spend less time around them and more time with the people who will encourage you to be great.

5. Drugs - clear mind, clear vision. The mind can become clouded by drugs like alcohol, sugar, caffeine & nicotine - if you want to reclaim your power and use it to create your dream life these substances need to be removed or used infrequently. We naturally have the power to create anything we want - these substances can make us believe that we must depend on them to perform better, this is an illusion that we must transcend.

6. Limiting beliefs - turn “I can’t” into “why can’t I?” When it comes to reclaiming your power realise that limiting beliefs such as “I’m not good enough” and “I can’t” are keeping it from you. Turn these phrases into possibilities rather than restrictions - “what can I do to become good enough?” and “why can’t I?” are great examples of ways to restore your power.

7. Comparison to others - we’re all on different journeys. Everyone is unique and therefore we cannot be compared to one another. When you say “I should be more like _” you are giving up your power that lies in your uniqueness in favour of what others think is desirable or “good”. Your greatest power lies in what makes you unique and when you recognise that you cannot be compared to anyone else you can start living a way that serves and fulfils you without regard for what others say, think or do.

8. Self-doubt - when you believe in yourself anything is possible. Everything great that has ever been accomplished has been done so by people just like you - their accomplishments began with the belief that they could be done. Doubt kills more dreams that failure ever will - don’t let it kill yours.

9. Fear - false evidence appearing real. Acknowledge your fears for what they are - projections of your mind designed to keep you in a comfort zone where failure doesn’t exist. Fears can be difficult to overcome - this is where forging a strong mindset can help. This can be done by filling the subconscious mind with positive reinforcement - for example leaving a motivational playlist on while you sleep.

Don’t be a victim of circumstance, use your power to create your reality.

Peace & positive vibes.

We need much more media that features women of color in relationships with other women of color. Most of the media that does show lbpq women of color characters puts them in relationships with white women/white people. And those relationships, predictably, tip the balance of power in favor the white person. You’ll notice that plot narratives center around emphasizing the autonomy of the white woman/white person at the expense of the woman of color’s health/wellbeing/autonomous development. 

Also, it’s incredibly important to show healthy romantic love between two women of color. We need the power to reclaim our capacity to love, to be loved, and to rid our lives of whiteness and the white gaze as much as possible. 


“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
 - Marianne Williamson <3 <3 <3

Voltron Meta: Lion Switching as a Plot Device

Since it seems increasingly likely that we will get Lion Switching in season 3 (i.e. Keith piloting Black, Lance piloting Red, and Allura piloting Blue, as they did in Old Voltron) I thought I’d take a moment to address how this might work.

I’ve previously stated that I’m against any permanent Lion Switching, and I stand by that. I don’t think it would work narratively, for a number of reasons - not least of which is the fact that it would require Shiro to be permanently removed from the role of Black Paladin and either written into a diminished role or written out of the show entirely. I don’t think either of these choices fit with what the show has done with his character, and they would be disappointing steps to take in light of how important Shiro is as good representation of a traumatised, mentally ill character. @radioactivesupersonic has a great meta {here} about why it doesn’t make sense to kill off Shiro, and many of the same points apply to the question of removing Shiro as Black Paladin and replacing him with someone else (even if he doesn’t actually die, and instead takes on a lesser role).

To my mind it doesn’t make sense to spend two seasons building up Shiro’s bond with the Black Lion, even going so far as to have Shiro battle Zarkon in Voltron’s infinite void for control of the Lion… and then just get rid of Shiro and put another Paladin in his place. It negates much of the bonding he has done with Black, and renders his storyline a dead end. It’s narratively more satisfying to see Shiro’s connection with the Black Lion play out across the course of the show than it is to see another Paladin in the Black Lion on a permanent basis.

[this seems like a lot of trouble to go to just to get replaced is all i’m saying]

That said, I’m not averse to the idea of a temporary Lion Switch because I think it opens up some opportunities for interesting storytelling, and that’s what I want to get into below.

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The Derelicts - VLD American Gods AU

The Derelicts - Chapter 1: Where do we Begin? by sometimesafangirl, Kuromori
Chapters: 1/?
Fandom: Voltron: Legendary Defender
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Keith/Lance (Voltron), Keith & Lance (Voltron), Seiryuu/Suzaku
Characters: Keith (Voltron), Lance (Voltron), Pidge | Katie Holt, Hunk (Voltron), Shiro (Voltron), Allura (Voltron), Genbu, Suzaku, Seiryuu, Byakko, Kyoryuu
Additional Tags: American Gods Inspired, Celestial Beasts, Modern Era, Magic, Spells & Enchantments, Angst and Fluff and Smut, Dark, Wings and Tails, Punishments, Ancient China, Heaven, klance, klangst, two authors, RP Style (sorta)

Inspired by the book American Gods by Neil Gaiman. This is an AU story about a world where every god imagined or convinced becomes or has been real.

Condemned for consummating their love, Seiryuu and Suzaku are expelled to Earth, stripped of their abilities, and forced to live an immortal life of uncertainty in themselves and in each other. Cursed to be in pain when separated but to always drift apart, the two find themselves at an ultimatum, after a millennium of insufferable pain and delirious joy. Their heaven, and the courts that banished them, are all but dead and forgotten. If heaven is as weak as the rumors suggest, can they reclaim their powers and take on what is left of their tormentors? Or do they continue this life not knowing when their next separation and punishment will happen?

Art Commissioned by @autumn-sacura

time-viking  asked:

Thanks for having the same reaction to Eri using her quirk as I did, I felt bad because everyone else is yelling about consequences and how like, good things happening makes the story bad

dark and angsty don’t always make for a better story

MHA is a series all about self improvement and hope. it’ll never get too grimdark in it’s storytelling because the point of the series is about overcoming hardships and doing your best to reach your dreams. 

plus, Overhaul’s quirk is one that allows him to deconstruct/reconstruct things. it makes sense that he’d be interested in having a child (as in, ownership of, not taking care of) with similar abilities as his. Overhaul’s own quirk set up the fact that there are quirks that allow things like ‘instant repair’ and such be a thing that exists in this universe

so it’s not like it came out of the blue or anything

there had to be a reason Eri was so important to Overhaul’s plans and why he was so interested in her, and, given the plot thread about taking away quirks that was also introduced in this arc, it seemed obvious to me that it had something to do with her quirk/latent powers. i mean. why else?

and even before that, we were introduced to Nighteye’s power. how he predicted that All Might will die soon. and how Izuku is determined to defy that fate, twist it so it doesn’t happen. it’s another theme similar to Eri’s powers; the theme of refusing to let things go as they are and changing them for the better. 

in Izuku’s case, he wants to twist fate. in Eri’s case, she’s rewinding “things” back to how they were before they were destroyed or corrupted. it’s a similar concept. 

plus, again with the theme of defying fate. Eri is defying her own fate by using the powers Overhaul wanted by using them AGAINST him. she’s taking fate into her own hands and using her powers, powers that were so amazing that Overhaul experimented on her over and over again (to a child, no less) to use them for his own gain, by tearing his plans apart, using those same powers he coveted,and saving herself. 

she’s freeing herself from Overhaul’s control and reclaiming her own abilities to save herself. abilities that he wanted to have so badly, and they’re the same abilities she’s using to free herself of him.

what more could you want from a narrative than an abuse victim saving herself from her abuser by reclaiming her own powers and freedom?

When you find yourself drowning in self-hate, you have to remind yourself that you weren’t born feeling this way. That at some point in your journey, some person or experience sent you the message that there was something wrong with who you are, and you internalized those messages and took them on as your truth. But that hate isn’t yours to carry, and those judgments aren’t about you. And in the same way that you learned to think badly of yourself, you can learn to think new, self-loving and accepting thoughts. You can learn to challenge those beliefs, take away their power, and reclaim your own. It won’t be easy, and it won’t happen over night. But it is possible. And it starts when you decide that there has to be more to life than this pain you feel. It starts when you decide that you deserve to discover it.
—  Daniell Koepke

8 Self-Improvement Books You Need To Read

1. The Power of Now - Eckhart Tolle. It’s all about the present moment! This is such a great book for all of us to read because it emphasises the importance of the now and reinforces the idea that the past doesn’t exist & the future hasn’t happened yet - nothing exists outside of the now.

2. Awaken The Giant Within - Tony Robbins. A lot of us have heard of Tony and his mission to feed millions of people around the world, but the contents of this book is all about self-empowerment. Awakening the giant within is a metaphor for reclaiming our power emotionally, physically, mentally and financially.

3. The Secret - Rhona Byrne. The secret is a great introduction into the law of attraction for those who aren’t familiar with it, as it focuses on how our thoughts create our lives. It’s important to note that the law of attraction is not solely dependant on our thoughts - our actions must correlate to the goal we’re trying to achieve. 

4. 48 Laws of Power - Robert Green. These laws have been used by generals, dictators, monarchs & politicians all throughout history to gain power and manipulate others into doing their bidding. We can use the information in this book to avoid being used by others and navigate our way around these kinds of people.

5. Crush It - Gary Vaynerchuk. Gary is a successful entrepreneur who grew his family business’s income tremendously and in this book he shares some methods on how we can create the jobs we want with the technology available to us right now. A must read for all the entrepreneurs out there!

6. How To Be Ultra Spiritual In 12.5 Steps - JP Sears. JP is a life coach who shares his wisdom and comedic genius on YouTube. In this book he makes hilarious, yet pertinent, observations about the spiritual community and shares his take on what it means to be “ultra spiritual” - a read that will make us think about the path we choose to take in life.

7. The School of Greatness - Lewis Howes. Lewis is a former pro-athlete turned entrepreneur, podcaster & motivational speaker, this book follows his journey from his sister’s couch to Ellen’s. The school of greatness focuses on sharing the experiences of successful people and what they learned along the course of their journeys to encourage all of us to push past our adversity and go for greatness.

8. Think & Grow Rich - Napoleon Hill. A worldwide best-seller and book that many of the most successful people today swear by, think and grow rich has changed the lives of so many people who read it because it’s all about the way we think. It also highlights the importance of having a burning desire to achieve something and stopping at nothing to get it done.

These books have changed millions of lives because they contain such valuable lessons, filling our minds with this kind of knowledge will help us on our journeys to success in any endeavour of our choosing.

A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, those who never read only live one.

Peace & positive vibes.

Life Begets Life: Arrow 5x23 Review (Lian Yu)

“Lian Yu” a summary:

I love the journey we take on stories.  I particularly love the journey we take with television. There’s really no medium like this. The experience is over in a couple hours with a movie.  We can control how quickly we read a book (even if we have to wait for additional sequels). But television? Television is a week to week story that spans years. Or at least it is if you watch live from start to finish. Television can be a long and arduous journey. Full of ups and downs. Great episodes and horribly bad ones.  We walk the road with the characters in real time. It’s a serious time investment and the hope is the story eventually connects. That the threads the writers weave come together in the end and we can see the full picture.  "Lian Yu" is one of those rare storytelling gifts that repays all the many years of patience.  

We started this journey with Oliver Queen five years ago. We have walked each step with him. We’ve rejoiced with Oliver in his moments of triumph. 

We’ve grieved with him. 

We threw things at him with every maddening step backward.

Step by step, we’ve watched Oliver come back to life. 

It hurt and he fought it for a long time, but slowly Oliver began to learn how to live again. Instead of shutting himself off, he chose to build a life filled with purpose





and love. 

He’s clawed his way out of the dark and into the light that was always there, deep inside.  

It was all leading somewhere. A destination, a choice, Oliver had to make. No matter how far Oliver has come there is always a piece of him that remains on the island… and on the boat.  Oliver had to return to Lian Yu, one last time, so he could finally let it go. So he could finally come home.

A hero’s story is fraught with triumph and tragedy. There is both in “Lian Yu.” The great tragedy is once Oliver decides who he is, and is ready for all that entails, he’s faced with an impossible choice and loses what he’s spent years building.

Or did he? Adrian Chase is the master chess player. He was always ten moves ahead, even in the final moments, but perhaps there was a move Chase couldn’t foresee. One Oliver set in motion years ago, in a moment where he clung to the light and held to Diggle and Felicity’s faith in him. A moment where Oliver kept a promise.

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I’m so sorry this happened to you. I’m sorry that your attacker sued you and tried to make you feel like it was your fault. I’m sorry that you had to sit in a courtroom for more than a week only metres from the man who assaulted you. I’m sorry you had to sit and listen while you were accused of making this up. I’m sorry that you had to go through all of this. But thank you. Thank you for taking a stand. Thank you for reclaiming your narrative and rejecting the victim blaming that was foisted upon you. Thank you for showing us that by standing up you can reclaim the power and not have an incident like this define you. Thank you for being brave. Thank you for being strong. Thank you for being you.

anonymous asked:

I think she's reclaiming her power, her privacy, her life. It's not about her fans, this is about her. If you are a real fan what do you need pictures or tweets, all you need is her music. That's it. She's a musician. Not a personality. She actually has a talent, unlike other "famous" people.

this is the best and most accurate anon i think i’ve gotten in a long time. 

“’Health’ is our new ‘beauty myth.’”

“It’s fascinating how we’ve been fooled into feeling like we’re reclaiming power by saying DON’T WORRY ABOUT YOUR SIZE, ONLY YOUR HEALTH! But really, what we’re doing is taking the exact same process of body oppression and giving it a new name. Our “diet industry” has become a “lifestyle change industry.”

“Defining worthiness by health and fitness level is not just about size discrimination. It’s also about classism. Racism. Ableism. And much more.”

“It’s not the individual actions, but rather a pattern of obsession and the inability to function that becomes concerning. And understandably, these extreme behaviors are easy to adopt when you fully believe that your value, worth, and right to exist relies on how ‘healthy’ you are.”

“They know that our beauty ideal evolves with every standard we shatter. They realize that a new one arrives just as we find self-love in a new way. They get that the obsession with proving and glorifying health and fitness is just another way to regulate people and hinder self-esteem.”

- Jes Baker, Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls

These quotes from chapter three were really thought provoking!  The focusing of our social narrative on health seems like a step in the right direction, but when society or culture puts values on certain bodies over others, we have to look deeper. 

A healthy body is good, yes, but not every body is healthy, and not every body can be healthy, and some bodies face institutional,/economic/political barriers to health. 

So suggesting that people strive for health the way we were/are supposed to strive for beauty (an unrealistic, often unreal standard) what are we really asking of people? And why

Discussion Question: Have you noticed our cultural shift to “healthy lifestyles”? What was your first impression, and how do you feel about it now? Do you recognize any similar  narrative techniques in how “health” and “beauty” are marketed?

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Planets on the IC

Sun - your remember feeling special. Your family were your audience. You were the star. Spoiled and loved. Golden child. You have very strong sense of identity and belonging to your family. You are very proud of your background and who you are. You needed a place to shine. You needed to express yourself freely. It was very important for your well-being. You needed to be special and your originality and talents needed to be recognized by your family. You grow with very strong ego and the need to be the center of attention. You were too dependent on validation of other people. You were too selfish. You love being important figure in the family matters. You need to be important figure in groups to feel you really belong there. You need to be a leader. 

Moon - you remember security. You were taken care of. Especially emotionally. You had very close relationship with your mother. You were scared when you thought about leaving your home. You were addicted to your home life. It was your safe haven you never wanted to leave. You never wanted things to change. You were afraid of the future.  You didn’t want to deal with the outer world. You tend to retreat to the old memories when you feel threatened by reality. You idolize past. You were a sensitive child, easily influenced by your family. You have hard habits that you developed in your home life. You don’t want to change them. You were moody. You didn’t like to talk about your family because you prefered to keep it private, in secret from the rest of the world.

Mercury - you remember being busy. You were busy with reading. Or writing. You were busy spending times with your sibilings or neighbours. You were mentally busy all the time and you loved it. You needed a lot of mental stimulation. You disliked silence. You were scared of it and didn’t know how to exactly fill the void. Usually when you didn’t have anyone talk to you were just talking to yourself. Out loud. Things always needed to be loud. You wanted to be clever. You always craved to be smarter than the rest. You were afraid that you are not good enough.  There were a lot of nervous energy in the house and in your family. Lot of debates. Lot of diverse opinions. You were exposed to gossips. You were a gossipmonger yourself. You couldn’t stay still. You wanted to talk. You learned a lot from your sibilings and neighbours. Your mind worked like a sponge. You became very smart. You know a lot. 

Venus - you remember superficiality. Lot of superficial problems. What to wear? How do to your hair? What to buy? How to decorate the living room? Your house was probably beautiful. Aesthetically pleasing. Women in your family had big influence on you. There were a lot of gossips and unaddressed issues. Family  put great importance on keeping peace and harmony within the house. There was a lot of passive-aggressiveness. You loved luxury. You loved being spoiled and living like a royalty. You were possesive of your things. You didn’t like to share. You were jealous. You were taught to put importance on outer beauty. You felt you were not pretty enough. Your values were too focused on temporary things. You had to taught yourself how to be confident in who you are not what you have. You had to find the truth meaning of self-worth. 

Mars - your remember fights. You didn’t always win them but you still fought with passion. You felt you had to. It was the only way for you. You felt you were ignored. You didn’t want to be considered weak. You wanted to be in charge of your family. You wanted to matter. You wanted to get involved in the family matters. You were very defensive most of the time and you were always ready to stand up for your family. You wanted to protect them at all cost. You wanted to protect anyone who you considered family even when there was no blood relation. You have a strong will and strong spirit. There was a lot of anger in you that you felt you can’t fully expressed. It left you feel resentful towards some people. You remember your home as a battlefield. 

Jupiter - you remember abundance. You had big ego and very diverse background. Probably you were exposed to foreign cultures more than others. You were in contact with very diverse groups of people. You had rich household - either you were literally very rich of spiritually rich. Religion was a big part of your life. You were living according to religious dogmas. Education was important. Your parents spoiled your ego to the point you could become arrogant. There was too much of everything. You had a lot of luck. Especially through your family. You grow having very strong opinions on religions and cultures. It could make you look like very intense and arrogant person. You are very devoted to what you believe in. You are very protective of your roots. 

Saturn - your remember responsibility. You always felt there were a lot of expectations towards you. You felt you to had to live up to them. You were scared of disappointing those who put this expectations on you. You decided to hide this fear and your inner child deep down in yourself.  Family praised you for being more mature than your friends. For being calm and collected. You were carrying the burden of responsibilites on your shoulders and it felt so heavy you wanted to cry but you couldn’t. You couldn’t show any kind of weakness, any feelings. You felt you weren’t allowed to do that. You felt this is how adulthood looks like and how you have to live. You felt very old as a child. You felt all of your supposed to be “good years” are behind you and what waits for you is just more commitments and pain. You were growing up silencing the inner child within. You wanted to become cold. You wanted to kill your feelings. You couldn’t. You just became more effective in hiding them. 

Uranus - you remember rejection. And a change in your relationship with family. In some way you were distanced from them. You couldn’t fit in. You were different in some way and you always felt they treat you differently.You became more emotionally detached to protect yourself from hurt. To protect yourself from this rejection you didn’t quite understand. You were different, “special” but not in the way you wanted to be. Not in the way to be accepted by your family. Your uniqness felt like a burden. You never showed them how much they hurt you. All of this made you keep your distance from others. Not get too involved with people. You didn’t want to face that kind of rejection twice. You prefered to stay as an outsider in every group you were in. It made you feel safe. 

Neptune - you remember confusion. There were a lot of things that were unspoken. Your family tried to sweep under the carpet more serious issues. You didn’t feel this was right. You wanted this issues to be adressed. They didn’t do that. They never explained. They forced you to just accept things how they are. You had to be a part of game but you didn’t know the rules. And you accepted it. You lost your identity at home. You felt you were drowning. You started to idolize your home environment. You stopped seeing your family for who they were. You became easily influenced by them. You retreated to your inner world where you felt the safest. Your were sensitive. You had great imagination and you used this to survive harder times.

Pluto -  your remember danger. There were a lot of power struggles at home. You wanted to run away from your family because you felt trapped. You were suffocating. You wanted some changes. You wanted transformation of old family patters. You wanted to talk about taboo topics. You were tired of secrets. Everything was so intense. Things felt dangerous and you were forced to survive them. Your family life felt like survival. You had a lot of buried anger and hatred inside of you because you felt so powerless. You felt your family hides something from you. You had to reclaim your own power that you felt was taken away from you. You had to rethink the meaning of family and your own position in there. You put yourself through long tranformation to the core of your being. You became resentful towards authorities. You desire the truth, power and reject sugarcoating more than anything else.


7 Reasons Why You Need To Chase Your Dreams

1. Regrets - how many do you want to die with? They say discipline weighs ounces, but regrets weigh tonnes - I know which one I’d rather carry. There’s nothing worse than having regrets because you can’t go into the past and change anything.

2. Self-talk - what’s it like to live in your head? When you ignore the desires inside you and don’t express your true self - it becomes a lot harder to have a positive headspace. This can lead to poor mental and physical health the longer you neglect your true feelings.

3. Settling - did you settle for your life or create it? When you create your reality you know that you can have whatever you want in your life, when you settle - you just accept things for the way they are. Instead of being a victim of circumstance - reclaim your power & create the life you want to live.

4. Fulfilment - are you nourishing your soul? There are some things that can’t be bought from the external world - love, happiness & fulfilment. Feed your soul by doing what you love every single day and you will feel something that money can never buy you.

5. Love - who do you have in your life? You attract what you are and if you’re not doing what you love - you will attract others who are doing the same. The people in your life will reflect truths about yourself & you will experience a lot of conflict in all areas of your life until you decide to change something.

6. Death - we’re all gonna be out of here in the blink of an eye. The human experience is temporary - so how can we take ourselves so seriously? Through everything we go through we need to acknowledge that we’re here to have fun & if you’re not having fun you’re wasting your time.

7. Change - lead by example. If you want the world to change - you have to start by being the change you want to see. If you want others to behave in a certain way - you have to lead by example. Through doing this you will see others around you change because of the way you live your life.

Create the life you love or settle for one you don’t - the choice is yours.

Peace & positive vibes.

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