Tamlen doesn’t struggle much with heights, but tight spaces and crowds really aren’t his thing. He can cope with both, if he has to, but he won’t be very happy about it. His worst fear though in terms of phobias is drowning, caused by an incident a few years back where in fact he almost drowned. Familiar bodies of water he knows, such as the lake he and his cousins often went to as kids, aren’t a problem, also small clear streams where he can see where he’s stepping are okay. He’d definitely enjoy a swim in those a lot.
The ocean is tricky… He was initially very scared of crossing the Waking Sea by boat to get to the south, but it was the fastest and most secure way at the time. His aunt gave him something to battle any seasickness, and he ended up being fine pretending that he was in an aravel, not on an actual ship. The sea was relatively calm during his trip, that definitely helped too. Swimming in the ocean though? That is a different story. If there are no too big waves and there are other people around, maybe. If not that you won’t get him any deeper than knee-deep.
Rivers though… he hates those with a burning passion. Slippery bridges too.
"I'm probably going to leave real soon, just wanted to let you know before I say Au Revoir"
"I got so stoned, I fell asleep in the front seat."
"It's a shame the bad habits are the hardest ones to break"
"I want to contribute to the chaos, I don't want to watch and then complain"
"You are the reason I'm smiling when there's nothing to smile about"
"I wanna be stronger than your dad was for your mom"
"You were too good, I should have known you were a prize my hands could never hold"
"Honey, y'gotta learn that love is simple just like mud. If you play the dirt, then I'll play the water. All we gotta do is touch"
"You are still the only thing and everything I need in my life"
"I try to write you poems, but the words they don't make sense"
"There is very little left of me and it's never coming back"
"Would you kick me in the face please? It'll make whatever I say sound like poetry."
"We keep saying we're unhappy and they keep saying that we're fine"
"I know what he's saying couldn't have been that funny but you seem to be laughing quite loud"
"Dear policeman, you can call me god"
"I shouldn't feel like I have to protect you"
"I don't think that anybody else could feel this way"
"There is a map in my room on the wall of my room and I’ve got big big plans."
"What about your friends don’t you love them enough to stay?"
"If you need a little sunshine, you can borrow some of mine"
"there are not so many options, there's not so many ways that this could possibly end."
"And all of a sudden I am scared, all of a sudden I can't breathe."
"I shaved my head last night to start anew, in a chapter I call without you"
" I refuse to take another breath 'till you change who you have become"
"Does anyone else think these girls are a little too young to be here?"
"It makes me sad in my head to think how happy we could have been."
"Maybe college won't work out, I can come live at your house"
"You are water twelve feet deep and I am boots made of concrete"
"I have this dream that I am hitting my dad with a baseball bat and he is screaming and crying for help and maybe halfway through it has more to do with me killing him than it ever did protecting myself "
"My friends are happy, I am happy, I have learned to adapt "
"I am a creature of a culture that I create"
"I've been around long enough now to know that the good things never last"
"you gotta promise not to break no matter how far you are bent"
"If you're uncomfortable, I could take my clothes off too."
"I would sleep better on your floor than I would ever in my bed"
"At my funeral, don't lie, tell them I did not want to die."
"The end of the world makes me nervous"
"It's just hard to explain, I like to be by myself"
"You're not even sleeping, you're probably even listening to me"
"If you still believe in the Lord above, get on your hands and knees and pray for us"
"thank you for understanding my side of the story the best that you could"
"It’s reached the point in the night where I need to decide whether I’m gonna fall asleep or watch the sunrise"
"I don't regret it, how could it? You were the best I ever had"
"We will steal whatever we want for fun"
"I wish I could pretend to be all of the things you think you see in me"
"I want we had, just want to feel it with someone else"
"I personally think it's too cold to have the window open"
"what we have is nowhere near as good as what we should have by now"
"the only thing keeping me from walking away is every muscle in each one of my goddamn legs"
"It's okay to give up, 'cause nobody here could care less"
"There's nothing in California that you could not learn to hate here"
"the sun was made for people who were never gonna touch it "
"Will you come over tonight? I need some inspiration for my story."
"I would say anything if it would make you happy."
"I love your eyes the way they look when your uncomfortable."
"I bought fireworks a big bag in Pennsylvania"
I don’t care how stupid you think it sounds. We need to start educating by being interested. Stop patronizing people! I don’t feel like I should have to say this, but evidently I do. You’re not superior. You are just more informed on a topic or have an experience they don’t.
Rather than telling someone their fish is going to kill a tankmate. Because the answer you’re going to get is “They’re fine. I’ve never seen them fight.” Tell them about your pets. I don’t even care if you make it up. “I kept my old goldfish and cory together too… I actually wouldn’t recommend it anymore. They were perfect for months and overnight my goldfish accidentally bit my cory. He got stuck in her throat and they both died. I’d hate to see that happen to yours and have you go through that. I’d recommend rehoming the cories, goldfish are just as fun without them.” I mean you can sound more formal. But you’re not attacking them. You’re not even telling them what to do. You’re informing them that this is a thing that can happen. Ask questions! Don’t assume. Provide resources and stories. Don’t lecture. Most people just won’t listen, you just need to let them go and hope for the best.