"Life is going to get tough. It’s one of those
certainties—like how your mother will
always be right. It just may take you a while
to realize it.
Life has a funny way of pushing you around
that really isn’t that funny at all. People are going
to pass away. Some will be far too young.
It will hurt. It probably won’t heal.
People will tell you that it only takes time,
but you will try to speed the process up with
gas station beer and Camel Crushes, hoping
they are wrong. And they are, but it doesn’t
mean you are right.
Life will punch you, right in the gut. It will feel just like
that time you fell off the swing in 3rd grade and
the ground knocked the air out of you.
Life will knock the air out of you, but don’t stop breathing.
Heartbreak will find you and it will crush you.
You’ll lay in bed with a heart as broken as the
mirror that fell off your wall in college. But
do not be fooled. A broken mirror is still a mirror.
And a broken heart is still a heart.
It will continue to beat just like that old clock on your
grandma’s wall that’s been there for what looks like
Life will get tough. Mama always said, “when it rains
it pours.” And you will find out again: Mama is always right.
You’ll get caught in the rain and soon you will
find yourself trying to cross a river of disappointment
so when those floods come, put on your
rain boots. Those rivers may be scary, but you are
stronger than they are. You may be as innocent as a sheep,
but be as courageous as a lion.
Always remember that people will let you down, so
stop letting them hold you down, but never
stop caring for them. Do no let yourself become bitter.
Bitterness is cancer and it will destroy from the
inside out.
Life will get tough and some days you will feel the weight
of the world on your back. Don’t feel bad if you have to slow
down and take a load off. Rest. You need it.
But never let the weight of life’s disappointments hold you
back. Keep your head up.
Life will get tough and your arms will never be long enough
to hug all the people who are hurting, but don’t let that
stop you from trying. You can’t save the world, but don’t
let that stop you from trying either.
Never give up. Never give in.
Wake up each day and smile at yourself. The most beautiful
person in the world is the one staring back at you.
Take that smile and give it away to everyone you
walk by, because smiles are the best medicine.
Most importantly, be good. Do good, despite how
bad the world seems. I promise you there is good in
this world. You just have to look, and, sometimes,
you have to be the good. You have to be the stars
shining in the darkest nights. You can do it."

There is nothing prettier than a city at 5 AM with its empty streets and cold wind


"May Jesus himself and God our Father, who reached out in love and surprised you with gifts of unending help and confidence, put a fresh heart in you, invigorate your work, enliven your speech."

- 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

This is my prayer for this (too) quickly approaching school year. I want a fresh start, but that won’t happen without a fresh heart. I pray that my heart grows to love others in ways I can’t even imagine. College will be a whole new challenge, especially academically, so I pray God empowers me and invigorates my work and my studies and my desire to learn. And lastly, making new friends is all about what you say, so I pray God enlivens my speech and fills me with exactly the right words at exactly the right times. I want to become exactly who He designed me to be.

"I’m not going to censor myself to comfort your ignorance."
"Skipping one meal is not foundation,
faking a suicide attempt is not eyeshadow,
getting nervous and calling it anxiety is not eyeliner,
and being sad and calling it depression is not lipstick.
Mental illness is not makeup.
You cannot just put it on and take it off at will,
to make people look at you differently,
or treat you better.
And believe me,
if you could just put it on and take it off,
I’d be cleansing every last inch of my skin."



Marrying young is not the end of my freedom. It means I want to travel and see the world, but with her by my side. It means I still like drinking in bars and dancing in clubs, but stumbling home with her at 2am and eating pizza in our underwear. It means I know that I want to kiss those lips every morning, and every night before bed. If you see marriage as the end of your ‘freedom’, you’re doing it wrong.

Well this was just beautiful

(via malys-a)

"Anyone who takes the time to be kind is beautiful."
"If you fall to pieces in a crisis, there wasn’t much to you in the first place."
"Do not mock a pain that you haven’t endured."