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Miles and Miles of No-Man’s Land

11 Mar

I don’t reblog things very often (possibly because I don’t post things that often – although this is soon to change!) but I found this incredibly moving, impassioned and like a window into something I try, and often fail, to fully comprehend.

For someone you love to be in a place you can’t fully reach is hard. It is trying and it is difficult and there seems to be nothing to say to make it right, to show you understand or appreciate something that isn’t really available to be appreciated by yourself, not really, not fully.

But the imagery, and the truth, in this post really touched me, and I wanted to pass it along.

Libba Bray

This is the hardest blog I’ve ever attempted to write.

For the better part of eight months, I have been struggling under the thumb of a rather intense depression. This is a monster I’ve battled many times in my life; it is not new. Yet, this has been a particularly brutal one, and I’m not out of the woods yet.

As a writer, I try to write about everything. But it’s hard to write about depression. For one, there’s the fear that the minute you say, “I’m suffering from depression,” people will look at you funny. That they will nod at you with wincing, constipated face, place a hand on your arm and say, with all good intent, “How are you?” And your pain will war with your desire to be “normal” and not looked at funny by sympathetic people at parties. So you will answer, “Fine, thanks” while you’ll…

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Via IamDavidCook

15 Jul

(from iamdavidcook)

I believe that you should never give up on a dream. A lot of times people give up on their dreams because they’ve let someone else tell them that they can’t achieve them, that their dream is impossible, enough negativity can kill a dream. That said, I think that we grow up in a society that tells us from a very young age that we’re all special, that we’re all gifted and unique, that if we want to go to the moon and be a movie star, we can. Unfortunately, that’s not true, not everyone is special and not everyone is unique. I look around myself all of the time and feel completely inadequate; I think we all do, and there’s a reason for that. There are over six billion people in the world right now, if everyone was equally as talented or gifted or had an amazingly unique idea, people like Bill Gates, Audrey Hepburn, and Lady Gaga wouldn’t get their chance to shine, and that’s just the way it is. Everyone has a dream, and they should never let go of it, but you have to know that just because you have a dream doesn’t mean it will come true, and that’s okay, because at the end of the day the most important thing is that you understand that you have a purpose and you’re on this earth for a reason. The most beautiful and poetic part about it is that you may never know what that purpose is and you may never be truly appreciated until your dead and gone. I believe that we’re put on this earth to impact people’s lives through our interactions with one another. No matter how insignificant a moment in your life might seem just know that it’s all a part of one giant picture that’s being painted and sometimes you can only see it one stroke at a time.


10 Jun

Just this.

10 Ways Journaling Makes You a Better Writer (via Live to Write – Write to Live)

1 May

This brilliant post was FP’d and it pretty much sums up everything I feel about journaling, the good and the bad. I haven’t ever reblogged anything before via wordpress so I think writing about writing itself is a fairly good start!

10 Ways Journaling Makes You a Better Writer Journaling is a self-indulgent, narcissistic waste of time. It’s nothing more than self-administered therapy – the writer simultaneously on the couch and in the psychiatrist’s chair, endlessly picking apart the minutiae of her life to no good end. Time would be better spent alphabetizing the spice cupboard. I disagree. I have kept journals on and off since I was seven years old. My entries have ranged from copies of Shakespeare’s poems to what I … Read More

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