the ones who see things differently

anonymous asked:

Are you honestly excited about Bowie-esque music from Harry? That comparison scares the heck out of me. I don't know one Bowie song that has stood the test of time and would do well today. I'm shocked that anybody is seriously excited about that. I'm praying that the folk rock rumor is closer to what Harry went for.

I’m beyond excited that Harry is putting out music, period. I’ll wait to form any opinions or pass any judgment until I’ve heard it. People tend to forget that there’s a massive difference between being influenced by something and being a copycat of that thing and I definitely do not see Harry being the latter if that’s what you’re afraid of. Bowie’s music spanned so many different genres so who even knows what that comparison could possibly mean in terms of sound.

Also: “I don’t know one Bowie song that has stood the test of time and would do well today.” I don’t… I don’t even know how to respond to this. 

i don’t know how to explain this thing i do but i can give an example. today i was walking up the stairs at school and i heard someone coming up behind me (they were like two staircases down). in my head i convinced myself that i had to stay out of their sight and at least one staircase above them, for absolutely no reason whatsoever. i don’t know who the person was, they certainly weren’t out to get me, but i kept telling myself that they weren’t allowed to see me. so when i heard their footsteps i actually started to get really nervous, like my heart was literally racing. fortunately they never caught up with me. but like, wtf is this, i do it so often as well, with different things. that was just one example.

I feel like part of the reason so many new kids stumbling upon alterhumanity in any form turn it into a trendy thing partially as an act of defiance. A lot of older sources (and hell, even newer ones) put more emphasis on what being otherkin/d ISN’T and what NOT to do and how much it SHOULDN’T be a huge deal in your life because it’s coming from people who have been around, done their own exploration, and don’t really see that much of a difference between the parts of them that are human and the parts of them that are “other.”

I’m not saying this is wrong or a bad thing, I’m just saying that at face value a LOT of reliable sources can very easily look like naysayers in an attempt to prevent people from getting the wrong idea about the community. And what do kids and teenagers do with this sort of information? They’ll probably actively try to refute it and act contrary to the information they’re given. The downright toxic environment of Tumblr sure doesn’t make it any easier to want to have the correct information in if it means risking being torn limb from limb by your peers.

I really do wish there was more emphasis on the positive aspects of experience like this, that even though it’s unusual and different by normal standards it’s actually not harmful any more than any other (non-radical) spirituality or identity is. I remember reading a lot about otherkin/d as a subculture as well as a form of identification 5 or so years ago but I’ve never really seen it as such due to the sheer lack of any baseline beyond what the hell terminology means, not to mention the ridiculous elitism to be found everywhere.

I think that within reason people should be given the benefit of the doubt, I believe that people should be educated on the basics of terminology and identification as well as things like how to spot abuse of various kinds. I know the subculture as a whole can’t have all the problems weeded out (just look to any subculture or fringe group to see this) but I do hope that maybe a healthy respect and understanding can be achieved without the push for normalcy and conformity I see a lot. This is the same principle that brings other, larger subcultures more positive attention, and while it’s not a perfect method, it still seems better than what’s going on right now.

Everyone’s been talking about that Alt+H article on how to properly and helpfully correct misuse of terminology, and I really wanna see more things like that created and spread throughout the community so maybe more of a general consensus can be reached and more of an understanding can be gained by everyone. Not everyone will feel or experience things to the same degree. 

Not everyone will want to or enjoy referring to themselves as human despite being aware of their biological state. Not everyone will have memories or phantom shifts so intense they feel physical at times, not everyone will have a detailed “backstory” or understanding of why they are the way they are. I really don’t feel like this is something that should be shunned and swept under the rug for PR purposes, because things like that have just never worked.

Monday 8:27am
I woke up with you on my mind.
You called me babe last night —
my heart is still pounding.

Tuesday 10:53pm
Today I realized we won’t work.
What we are is hurting her.
And I think she matters more to me than you do.

Wednesday 11:52pm
I broke things off with you today.
She barely said a word.
I’ve never regretted anything more than this.

Thursday 4:03pm
I shouldn’t have sent that message.
You shouldn’t have been so okay with receiving it.

Friday 9:57pm
I almost messaged you today.
I didn’t.

Saturday 8:49pm
I’m walking around town in search of alcohol.
They say that liquor numbs the pain of having a broken heart.
I want to put that to the test.

Sunday 2:32am
I heard you texted a girl you’ve never spoken to before.
I wonder if it’s because you’re trying to replace me.
I can’t help but wish you weren’t.
I thought I was irreplaceable.

—  a week with you on my mind, c.j.n.
Move on, leave, run away, escape this place… but don’t forget about me, about us, about this town. Always remember where you come from so you can appreciate how far you’ve come.
—  c.j.n.