the one thing that still holds true

Self care looks different at different times. Each day, self care can take a different form. There hasn’t been a “self care is ACTUALLY…” post yet that I can’t relate to, depending on how I’m feeling, but one thing holds true:

Self care is hard

I’m writing this on a bad day, a day when maybe self care looks like just… staying in, because I don’t have the spoons to go out, and spending hours trying to forgive myself for that. Self care isn’t glamorous today, it’s not a bath or a mug of tea, it’s lukewarm leftovers and beer. Self care is doing the bare minimum, and it’s still so fucking hard.

Maybe today, I eat. Maybe I drink a beer and stay sober and maybe I don’t get trashed and maybe I don’t relapse and maybe, today, that’s self care: eating and staying sober.

Maybe tomorrow I relapse, or the next day, or maybe I never relapse ever again. Maybe tomorrow, eating and staying sober come easy to me. Maybe tomorrow, self care looks lie a mug of tea and a calming bath, and maybe tomorrow I’ll spend several hours trying to forgive myself for needing that extra ~frilly~ self care. Maybe one of these days, self care will take the form of cleaning my house, because I can’t deal with how much I hate myself anymore and at the bare minimum, I can clean so I’ll stop being such a fucking trashy waste of space, or maybe I’ll try to forgive myself for not cleaning, or maybe I’ll realize halfway through my bath that I never checked the mail, or maybe… or maybe…

That’s it. That’s my life. That’s the big neurodivergent secret: it doesn’t actually matter what your self care looks like, but it matters that you let yourself have some, and it matters that it’s not easy and you do it anyway.

Self care is hard, it’s difficult, it’s taxing, it’s frustrating, and if you can care for yourself easily, then you might not understand why such tiny little gestures are upheld as the most important thing you do all day. But for those of us who can’t take them for granted, trust me when I say: they are very, very important. And the fact that we know they’re tiny gestures makes them all that much harder, because the shame of knowing I can’t do any better is devastating.

THIS IS AMAZING. Pls read.

“Did you know, you can quit your job, you can leave university? You aren’t legally required to have a degree, it’s a social pressure and expectation, not the law, and no one is holding a gun to your head. You can sell your house, you can give up your apartment, you can even sell your vehicle, and your things that are mostly unnecessary. You can see the world on a minimum wage salary, despite the persisting myth, you do not need a high paying job.

You can leave your friends (if they’re true friends they’ll forgive you, and you’ll still be friends) and make new ones on the road. You can leave your family. You can depart from your hometown, your country, your culture, and everything you know. You can sacrifice. You can give up your $5.00 a cup morning coffee, you can give up air conditioning, frequent consumption of new products. You can give up eating out at restaurants and prepare affordable meals at home, and eat the leftovers too, instead of throwing them away. You can give up cable TV, Internet even. This list is endless.

You can sacrifice climbing up in the hierarchy of careers. You can buck tradition and others’ expectations of you. You can triumph over your fears, by conquering your mind. You can take risks. And most of all, you can travel. You just don’t want it enough. You want a degree or a well-paying job or to stay in your comfort zone more. This is fine, if it’s what your heart desires most, but please don’t envy me and tell me you can’t travel.

You’re not in a famine, in a desert, in a third world country, with five malnourished children to feed. You probably live in a first world country. You have a roof over your head, and food on your plate. You probably own luxuries like a cellphone and a computer. You can afford the $3.00 a night guest houses of India, the $0.10 fresh baked breakfasts of Morocco, because if you can afford to live in a first world country, you can certainly afford to travel in third world countries, you can probably even afford to travel in a first world country.

So please say to me, “I want to travel, but other things are more important to me and I’m putting them first”, not, “I’m dying to travel, but I can’t”, because I have yet to have someone say they can’t, who truly can’t.

You can, however, only live once, and for me, the enrichment of the soul that comes from seeing the world is worth more than a degree that could bring me in a bigger paycheck, or material wealth, or pleasing society. Of course, you must choose for yourself, follow your heart’s truest desires, but know that you can travel, you’re only making excuses for why you can’t.

And if it makes any difference, I have never met anyone who has quit their job, left school, given up their life at home, to see the world, and regretted it. None. Only people who have grown old and regretted never traveling, who have regretted focusing too much on money and superficial success, who have realized too late that there is so much more to living than this.”

Wunderkammer: Did You Know

Growth and Failure

The longer the story, the more failures there should be and the greater the change that should occur.

This is the case for anything you write, but the more episodic the series is, the more this holds true. TV series, ongoing web series, and web comics are the most obvious examples of this.

Basically what this means is that your characters can’t succeed at everything they try to do. One thing about shows like Supernatural (the early seasons) is that you as the viewer know that, for the most part, by the end of every episode, the Monster of the Week will have been defeated and everyone you care about will still be alive and healthy. There are overarching plots, but they are tangential to most episodes and don’t affect much.

In Stargate SG-1, on the other hand, they spend eight season facing one major enemy (the Goa’uld), and they spend many of the episodes fighting the Goa’uld in some form or another. And sometimes they fail and the Goa’uld win, and sometimes they win and that later helps the Goa’uld win, and sometimes they don’t fight the Goa’uld at all, and those missions may be either successful or not to a lesser degree. Beyond that, there are lower level failures: they try to make a spaceship and it almost kills some of them, they try to make a new spaceship, it doesn’t work as hoped at a pivotal moment and they almost lose the entire planet, they build a giant spaceship and it gets stolen (briefly), they build more giant spaceships and one gets shot down over a planet and then later they need to get that spaceship home and it (temporarily) gets stuck in a giant sentient gas cloud. All of this means that sometimes they don’t have a spaceship that can do what they need even though they’ve been trying to build one for most of the show, but at the end of the show, they end up with spaceships whose capabilities and weaknesses play a pivotal role in the show.*

My point in recounting all of that (other than to get you all to watch Stargate) is to show that, especially when you have a long series where you want to show a great deal of growth (and I’ll explain why you need that in a second), you can’t just have them win every time they try to grow or every time they try to defeat an enemy. You have to have them fail, too, or there will be no stakes and it will be hard to suspend disbelief.

So…why do you need growth?

Basically, if you end up in the same place that you started, what was the point of your story?

Well, you cry, they defeated the major enemy. Isn’t that enough?

And to that I ask (because I like holding imaginary teaching sessions): If they could defeat the major enemy (or if they could get the girl/boy/non-binary person, or if they could get into the school they wanted, or if they could do whatever else they want to do) with the capabilities they had in the beginning, why didn’t they? There is no need for a story if your characters have everything they need to succeed when the story starts.

And as for why you need failure? Here are three reasons.

One, failure is realistic. Things rarely work well on the first try, especially more than once, which means that the more things a character (or group, organization, etc.) is trying, the more they should fail. If you think about someone trying to learn a language, they basically never (without an eidetic memory) remember all words the first time they see/hear them, or use grammar perfectly on the first try, or pronounce every word correctly. They will get some, but they will rarely get all. The same should go for someone who is trying to learn how to fight, for example. Even if you get everything right the first time you are shown it (which may or may not happen), you’re not going to get it right every time. You might fail more at some things than at others, or fail at the same thing over and over. Sometimes it’s because you don’t understand how to do it, sometimes it’s because your brain and your body aren’t communicating well, and sometimes it’s because your muscles just aren’t strong enough or your body isn’t flexible enough for it to work. Those are all failures that can and do happen in real life.

Two, failure raises the stakes. If you know the main characters are going to succeed at everything they try, or that their failures aren’t going to have any consequences beyond that episode (or chapter, etc.), there are no stakes. There is no concern for whether the character will do well or whether they will be ready in time, because they always are. There is no risk, because there is no failure.

Three, failure is interesting. As we see in Stargate, entire episodes can be built around failures. Failures make for interesting storylines, and sometimes successes that turn into failures can turn into even more interesting storylines. You defeat the Big Bad only to have a Bigger Bad rise up because of it? That’s a great storyline, and shows what was ultimately a failure by the characters. You stop someone for personal reasons at the expense of stopping someone for strategic reasons? Great storyline, because it not only prolongs and changes the conflict, it also adds an opportunity for personal growth and/or conflict into the mix.

With that, failures can also cause really interesting interpersonal interactions. Let’s so all of the characters are counting on Bob to pull off one part of the plan, and despite trying his best, Bob fails. Now everyone blames Bob (or maybe some subset of them blame Bob, depending on their personalities) and it causes tension in the group. Maybe this tension ultimately leads to Bob leaving because he can’t take the blame anymore. Now you have a splintered group all from Bob’s one failure.

What types of growth and failure can you have?

(I’m glad you asked, me.)

Here are some examples (primarily for militaristic/adventure type stories, but there’s a mix)**:

  • Building an army (or a group of people)
    • Not be able to convince people to join
    • Have traitors in the midst
    • Have large numbers die/be killed
    • Have people defect
    • Have ideological/strategic differences with allies
  • Building a new form a transportation
    • Not have it ready in time
    • Have it not go far enough
    • Have it not go fast enough
    • Have it fail mid-journey
    • Have it explode mid-journey
  • Building a weapon
    • Not have it ready in time
    • Have it not work
    • Have it explode in testing
    • Have it fail during use
  • Learning to fight
    • Not be ready in time
    • Hurt self while training
    • Not have the strength
    • Not have the endurance
  • Learning magic
    • Lose control
    • Not have the magical capacity
    • Not understand the theory
    • Not perform key rituals
    • Perform key rituals wrong
    • Not have key materials
  • Learning a language
    • Forget vocabulary
    • Forget grammar
    • Not understand grammar
    • Be unable to pronounce words
    • Be unable to understand spoken words
    • Misunderstand nuances
  • Translating/decoding something
    • Misunderstand nuances
    • Mistranslate words
    • Know the wrong dialect
    • Have the wrong key
    • Looking for something
    • Follow misleading clues
    • Have someone else find it first
  • Taking territory
    • Not have sufficient forces
    • Not have sufficient ability to break walls
    • Lose too many forces
    • Be unable to hold territory
  • Getting a romantic partner
    • Cheat
    • Make bad decisions while intoxicated
    • Forget significant dates/events
    • Say inappropriate or mean things
    • Misunderstand what is being said
    • Miscommunicate
  • Getting a degree
    • Not having enough money
    • Not studying enough
    • Not getting good enough grades
    • Not having the time
    • Having other life issues that distract from it
  • Forming a government
    • Have ideological splits
    • Have political splits
    • Have factions form
    • Have coup attempts
    • Be unable to govern
    • Be unable to create a working organizational structure
    • Be unable to create adequate civil service (police, roads, etc.)

*Of course, Stargate has some of its own issues with this, like the fact that Daniel has been brought back to life more than once, so the viewers stop believing that Daniel is ever actually dead.

**When I use the term failure, I don’t mean that it is the fault of the character or organization (necessarily, though in some cases it might be). I just mean that it is not-success.

Yes, it’s hard to be in a long distance relationship because of not being together physically and not feeling each other’s presence. You cannot hold each other’s hand neither kiss and hug. You cannot see one another whenever you wanted and needed to. You cannot do things together like the normal couple does. You’ll still miss each other even though you talk all night long, sadness will remain on heart after your conversation because you’re longing for real conversation and wanting to feel how it’s like being done face-to-face. You cannot eat pizzas, burgers or fries together whenever you’re hungry. When one’s sick, you cannot take care, give medicines and be with each other for the rest of the night. You cannot serenade and give goodnight and goodmorning kisses. You cannot watch him/her fall asleep by your side. You cannot go to places you wanted and spend hours together. You cannot feel how these things are done in a real world, in a real presence, in reality. But still, you know that one day you will.

                                          Guess it’s true, I’m not good at a one-night stand
                                               But I still need love ‘cause I’m just a man
                                                 These nights never seem to go to plan
                                          I don’t want you to leave, will you hold my hand?

@mischievoussnuffles

anonymous asked:

Hi Thao! What's your most current mswl? Anything else to add apart from what you've listed on the mswl website? What would you like to see in queries/stories from aspiring writers? (category, genre, style etc). Thanks!

I think a lot of things I mentioned in my old MSWL posts still hold true. I love lush fantasies still, though I’m only taking on ones that feel super special because fantasy is the most saturated genre on my list. I still love stories with multicultural elements. I will always want stories about the relationship between grandchild and grandparents, having been raised by my own for a majority of my childhood. I swear my eyes perk up every time I read the words “abuelo/abuela” or “nana” or “granddad” or something. Especially in middle grade. I’m most hungry for middle grade this year. I want more quirky adventures like Catherynne M. Valente’s Fairyland series. I want more space opera. I want more boy friendship stories. My taste tend to run somewhere between commercial and literary (bet you’ve heard this a thousand times from other agents). I like lyrical writing, but commercial premises. I’m not taking on many picture books this year because I have a great slate of author/illustrators I’m working with already. But I’m looking for more fantasy romance in the adult category. This is a bit rambling, but hope it’s helpful!

Leaving Cert Gothic
  • ‘Blank Page’ is written on the blank page. The white page is pink.
  • “Léigh anois go cúramach, ar do scrúdpháipéar, na treoracha agus na ceisteanna a ghabhann le Cuid A”. The beep never stops. There has never been a time before the beep.
  • The rustle in the quiet oh the rustle will drive you mad the rustle of pages turning always turning you are still on page one.
  • The boy behind you has stopped coughing. Your hands are slippery with blood. You can’t hold the pen.
  • You scramble wildly through your page your calculator must be here some where there’s still time-CRACK- you stare numbly at the shards of broken protractor in your hands.
  • You run for the door, you can see light you can almost feel the warmth of the sun, you step out the door into- darkness. A dark and sunless world. you shiver.
  • Years pass. You are happy, content. It is all behind you. You wake up in a sweat. Your family, your car, your job, it was all a dream. You’re late for English paper one. You wake up in a sweat. You don’t know what is a dream and what is reality. You will never escape.
Fat empowering

A women gaining weight is one of the most empowering things she can do. It shows that she doesn’t care about fitting into societies standard of beauty. That shes not gonna subject herself to extreme dieting in the hopes of achieving some unrealistic body. It shows us how strong she is for being fat in a world that doesn’t accommodate fat people. In a world where fat shaming isn’t only common, but acceptable. So acceptable that hospitals and medical experts still value those fatphobic views an holds them as true.

But most importantly, fat women are a role model. Kids are now seeing their body being represented in media, culture, and everyday life. Showing them that there is nothing wrong with them or their body. Curvy women are some of the bravest, most strongest, fierce women there are. An we need more of them.

about a beach body

As the warmer seasons are approaching, there is more and more talk about the ideal “beach body” that so many people strive to achieve before summer has fully arrived. They use this image as a safety blanket that they think will protect them and remove them of any shame or self-consiousness they may feel due to flaws they find on their body. But I think it’s time to strip that cover off and enjoy the ocean with no hold backs as the theory is simple: if you have a body and you are at the beach, you have a beach body. Your own body is an extraordinary wonder, you have a face that holds all of your beautiful features, a frame that homes important organs to keep you alive and legs that take you to amazing places. Saying this I still admit I definitely let my body hold me back from my true potential, as I allow my body to stop me from enjoying even my very favourite things, like going to the beach. I hope that one day I, and every single one of you, can go out and enjoy what we love without the load of our insecurities weighting us down, embracing our true selves, beach bodies and all.

photos by kndysyrn

John’s alibi - distortion and water/mirror transitions

This is built on the theory that T6T was a lie—an alibi for John because he’s the one who actually shot Mary.

The “it’s all a lie” theory holds water (aha! ha), especially when you realize that everything between the credits—the episode proper—is part of Sherlock’s lie; and everything outside of the credits—the MI6’s doctored video scene and Mary’s “go to hell” message—are the only things that are real.

They keys to this are water, and mirrors. I know this is kind of weird, as water has been identified as symbolizing emotion, and mirrors to reveal a similarity in characters. I still think this is true—for the previous episodes. But the water and mirror imagery was given a different task in this one. The mirror transitions in this episode introduce and reflect scenes; while with most of the water, the perspective is flipped—we’re the ones underwater, looking up at the sky. The message is clear—we’re on the other side, and have been separated from the truth. We’re getting the broad gist of things, but with obvious distortions. 

The way it’s filmed makes this apparent. The MI6 scene is shot very simply—there are no weird angles or transitions or any of the other camera flourishes we see in this episode. When the episode proper starts, we open to a full-screen shot of water. The scene comes into focus, and we see Sherlock, walking through the aquarium corridor. Then we get a voice-over from Sherlock, introducing the story about a predetermined fate.

The water in the opening has cleared a bit, and wow! Here’s Sherlock, literally underneath the water’s surface.


At the end of the episode, we again see Sherlock, with a background of water, and the sun shining through—but instead of the water being over the entire background, it comes in at the top left of the screen, behind Sherlock’s head. Sherlock is exiting to the left—this is meant to show us that Sherlock’s false narrative is leaving, too. To top it off, Sherlock gives us another voice over, wondering whether it’s possible to change your fate, even if you’ve long walked its path.

Ending scene, and yep, there’s the sun, alright. Shining through the water.


But Mary’s fate was not set in stone. Yes, she had lived a dangerous life, but a series of coincidences lead to her death. The bullet wasn’t even meant for her. She caused her own death by jumping in front of it.

But if John shot Mary, then it’s his fate that’s set in stone. He’s already killed her—all that can be done, at this point, is damage control, to avoid punishment for his crime. Sherlock therefore creates for him a new path, just like he gave the merchant a new destination.

But what about the stinger at the end of the episode, where Mary tells Sherlock to “go to hell”?

I don’t believe it’s a code or that he’s actually meant to go to some place called Hell. No, I think this is the real video, and that the one we saw before, when Mrs. Hudson was in the room, was just one of Sherlock’s little embellishments to solidify the alibi he had created for John.

well, my 3 year herpes anniversary is fast approaching and i’ve been thinking about it a lot as of late. so far these last five months have been amazing. i moved to a different country, i’ve seen so many beautiful things, i’ve made amazing friends and there is still so much good coming as well. but one thing that has a hung heavy the past few weeks is my diagnosis. now, yes, i’ve come to accept it but sometimes it still wreaks a little havoc. i haven’t exactly dated since i split with my giver two years ago and nor have i even had sex. i’ve avoided men, honestly. and although i’m doing all these amazing things, sometimes i still feel very setback in certain aspects of my life. 

many people have told me that i seem like i’m “holding back.” and i always get defensive about that but, honestly, it’s true. i am holding back but only bc rejection is terrifying and i experienced it once with my first disclosure and i’m so scared to do it again. especially in a different country where the language is different. i just don’t know when i will ever be comfortable with trying the dating thing. you’d think after three years i’d be a little more comfortable but nope here i am struggling to even jump over the only hurdle affecting me. 

i just feel a little lost at the moment and it’s not that life isn’t fulfilling, it is, but man, i’ve been riding this emotional rollercoaster for far too long and i’m ready to get off. 

One thing I love about circus au is the challenge of balancing Robbie being the good and devoted dad, while still holding true to his character as someone who is perpetually grumpy, encourages laziness, and has a generally abrasive personality.

While I’ve completely flipped certain aspects of his character (he’s not self-as absorbed as he is in canon, since everything he does is for his kids) others I’ve tried to hold true (he’s still pretty cranky and doesn’t get along with people easily, but is ultimately a big softie).

[[ okay

I’m trying to not be negative now, especially about eps I haven’t seen

so I’m gonna say this

I’ve never really been I NEED TO KNOW STILES REAL NAME

But the fact that it’s Mieczyslaw

that it sounds a bit like “mischief”

I do love that, because what’s one of Stiles’ most recognizable traits?

And yes, I flip flop on how I feel about the name reveal a lot, after all, I was just spamming @piaememoriae the other week about Fae True Names and how they hold power and how that could influence something in the storyline

idk, fan theories being confirmed in-show has always been a weird mix of emotions for me

This is one that I am honestly happy about though. ]]

I may not be with him, but he is still my world. He’s still the one thing worth holding on to. No matter how hard you try to forget him, you can’t. It’s the little things that mean the most, but break your heart all the same. It’s those times when a song comes on & immediately you cry missing him, wanting him, needing him. Just the small thought of maybe, just maybe there might be an “us” give you the strength to hold on that much longer. You never realize how much you love something until you lose it, and you’re one of the lucky ones if you get it back.
—  Unknown

radxrand  asked:

Wedding vowel; "No set of words can describe how much I love you. From the first moment we met, I knew you were someone special, I just didn't know how much. You've given me so many wonderful memories and I hope to make some more with you for the rest of my life..."

“Danny, God, I never thought once that I would be gifted like I am right now. I didn’t think I would find someone to love and to love me and to stay…” he breathed out as he went to push his hair back some, brows knit together as he bit his bottom lip for a moment, his other hand still holding one of his hands. “You’re the most important thing in my life and I don’t think I can live without you now that I’ve known what true love is. I want to build a life with you… I want to grow old with you. I want to marry you and be with you in all the good and the bad that comes with it. I love you more than I think you’ll ever know, but I want to try to show you.”

Did you know, you can quit your job, you can leave university? You aren’t legally required to have a degree, it’s a social pressure and expectation, not the law, and no one is holding a gun to your head. You can sell your house, you can give up your apartment, you can even sell your vehicle, and your things that are mostly unnecessary. You can see the world on a minimum wage salary, despite the persisting myth, you do not need a high paying job. You can leave your friends (if they’re true friends they’ll forgive you, and you’ll still be friends) and make new ones on the road. You can leave your family. You can depart from your hometown, your country, your culture, and everything you know. You can sacrifice. You can give up your $5.00 a cup morning coffee, you can give up air conditioning, frequent consumption of new products. You can give up eating out at restaurants and prepare affordable meals at home, and eat the leftovers too, instead of throwing them away. You can give up cable TV, Internet even. This list is endless. You can sacrifice climbing up in the hierarchy of careers. You can buck tradition and others’ expectations of you. You can triumph over your fears, by conquering your mind. You can take risks. And most of all, you can travel. You just don’t want it enough. You want a degree or a well-paying job or to stay in your comfort zone more. This is fine, if it’s what your heart desires most, but please don’t envy me and tell me you can’t travel. You’re not in a famine, in a desert, in a third world country, with five malnourished children to feed. You probably live in a first world country. You have a roof over your head, and food on your plate. You probably own luxuries like a cellphone and a computer. You can afford the $3.00 a night guest houses of India, the $0.10 fresh baked breakfasts of Morocco, because if you can afford to live in a first world country, you can certainly afford to travel in third world countries, you can probably even afford to travel in a first world country. So please say to me, “I want to travel, but other things are more important to me and I’m putting them first”, not, “I’m dying to travel, but I can’t”, because I have yet to have someone say they can’t, who truly can’t. You can, however, only live once, and for me, the enrichment of the soul that comes from seeing the world is worth more than a degree that could bring me in a bigger paycheck, or material wealth, or pleasing society. Of course, you must choose for yourself, follow your heart’s truest desires, but know that you can travel, you’re only making excuses for why you can’t. And if it makes any difference, I have never met anyone who has quit their job, left school, given up their life at home, to see the world, and regretted it. None. Only people who have grown old and regretted never traveling, who have regretted focusing too much on money and superficial success, who have realized too late that there is so much more to living than this.
—  Wunderkammer

lets talk about joss carter who has been told her whole life that if she follows the law shell be safe (a lie but one that shes heard so often she holds onto it because if it isnt true is there any way she CAN feel safe?) lets talk about joss carter who becomes the law and still firmly believes that following the law will keep her and now the people of new york city safe lets talk about joss carter who when (and only when) doing the lawful thing leads to an innocent persons death (hell not even innocent by most cops standards i mean she empathizes with reese or the man you see her interrogating in the flashback more than any other cop would, because shes not a cop whos doing it for power, shes doing it as a black woman and single black mother in new york city trying to make her world safer) does she doubt her vindication lets talk about joss carter who NEVER sees death as justified, not because she REALLY believes everyone can be redeemed.. its because shes seen the law take out so many people who she knew had families and friends and whose deaths shook her and she never wants to be that person to anyones family or friends? lets talk about joss carter who is a much much deeper character than anyone these days gives her credit for and lets not stop talking about her please

I got some really nice feedback on Wake and Gambit lately, which means I’ve been thinking idly about the Watchtower universe (still on hold, no one get too excited), so here are five things that are (currently) true at the start of the third Ouroboros story.

1. Mace Windu is the Grand Master of the Jedi Order.  It’s unknown whether or not Yoda survived the Purge, but as he hasn’t been accounted for, that’s everyone’s working assumption.

2. Current Council members include: Mace Windu, Plo Koon, Adi Gallia, Ki-Adi-Mundi, Depa Billaba, Kit Fisto, Agen Kolar, Saesee Tiin, Luminara Unduli, K’kruhk, T’ra Saa, and Aayla Secura.

3. Roughly a quarter of all clones in the GAR remained loyal to their Jedi generals.

4. The Jedi Order is currently operating out of a long-abandoned Jedi Temple on an undisclosed planet known only as the Hidden Temple.

5. At the start of the story (or the epilogue of Gambit), there are still several hundred Jedi unaccounted for a year after the Purge, including Shaak Ti, Oppo Rancisis, and Yoda.

YOU CAN.
Did you know, you can quit your job, you can leave university? You aren’t legally required to have a degree, it’s a social pressure and expectation, not the law, and no one is holding a gun to your head. You can sell your house, you can give up your apartment, you can even sell your vehicle, and your things that are mostly unnecessary. You can see the world on a minimum wage salary, despite the persisting myth, you do not need a high paying job. You can leave your friends (if they’re true friends they’ll forgive you, and you’ll still be friends) and make new ones on the road. You can leave your family. You can depart from your hometown, your country, your culture, and everything you know. You can sacrifice. You can give up your $5.00 a cup morning coffee, you can give up air conditioning, frequent consumption of new products. You can give up eating out at restaurants and prepare affordable meals at home, and eat the leftovers too, instead of throwing them away. You can give up cable TV, Internet even. This list is endless. You can sacrifice climbing up in the hierarchy of careers. You can buck tradition and others’ expectations of you. You can triumph over your fears, by conquering your mind. You can take risks. And most of all, you can travel. You just don’t want it enough. You want a degree or a well-paying job or to stay in your comfort zone more. This is fine, if it’s what your heart desires most, but please don’t envy me and tell me you can’t travel. You’re not in a famine, in a desert, in a third world country, with five malnourished children to feed. You probably live in a first world country. You have a roof over your head, and food on your plate. You probably own luxuries like a cellphone and a computer. You can afford the $3.00 a night guest houses of India, the $0.10 fresh baked breakfasts of Morocco, because if you can afford to live in a first world country, you can certainly afford to travel in third world countries, you can probably even afford to travel in a first world country. So please say to me, “I want to travel, but other things are more important to me and I’m putting them first”, not, “I’m dying to travel, but I can’t”, because I have yet to have someone say they can’t, who truly can’t. You can, however, only live once, and for me, the enrichment of the soul that comes from seeing the world is worth more than a degree that could bring me in a bigger paycheck, or material wealth, or pleasing society. Of course, you must choose for yourself, follow your heart’s truest desires, but know that you can travel, you’re only making excuses for why you can’t. And if it makes any difference, I have never met anyone who has quit their job, left school, given up their life at home, to see the world, and regretted it. None. Only people who have grown old and regretted never traveling, who have regretted focusing too much on money and superficial success, who have realized too late that there is so much more to living than this.
—  James Hart

anonymous asked:

Why do you think Sakura held on to her feelings for Sasuke for so long? And also, why didn't she develop any feelings towards Naruto other than a close friend? I love SasuSaku, but I want to know your opinions on Sakura's feeling, other than her desire to save him from darkness what made her hold on?

Because the heart wants what it wants. Why does anyone hold on to their feelings towards anyone? Because when those feelings are powerful enough, letting go of them is one of the most difficult things to do. Those kinds of truly earnest feelings don’t change that easily:

She fell in love with Sasuke after seeing how broken and imperfect he truly was, and never gave up on him because she knew that despite his increasingly sinister behaviour, his true self was still in there somewhere. That belief kept her going through even the most difficult of times:

As for why she didn’t love Naruto, well the answer is simple: because she loved Sasuke. Sakura isn’t a fickle person, and this was one of the things that her fake confession was trying to highlight; that she wouldn’t just start loving Naruto simply because he became the village hero, or because she spent more time with him. Love doesn’t work that way. It’s as Kishi said, Sakura was always “wholeheartedly” devoted to Sasuke.