“And if your daughter came to you, crying with hunger, would you tell her no? Would you tell her she is too fat, she wants too much, she must shrink into society? No.
Then why would you tell yourself the exact same thing? You are somebody’s daughter.”—Michelle K., You Are Somebody’s Daughter. (via crystalmethc4stles)
When I travel, I’m never not in a rush. On my last trip to Turkey, I brought a ton of snacks along, just in case I couldn’t find foods suitable to my allergies or diet. These Thunderbird Energetica bars did just the trick in airports and on long flights. Both filling, low-calorie and…
“If men didn’t want to be assumed rapists, perhaps they should stop dressing like them. They’re practically begging for it. Also, men that don’t want to be thought of as rapists really shouldn’t be out late at night!
That’s when women are out and about, it’s just not safe and at that point they’re bringing it upon themselves.”—eliza (via anarcha-pie)
An hour until work, and I can’t even bring myself to get dressed. It’s not that I hate my job, I’d just rather lay in bed all day, and every day until I eventually fall victim to death by starvation. Perhaps acting on weakness is easier than forcing yourself to be act strong. Then again, acting on your own weaknesses results in more severe consequences. For a pathetic guilty mind, there is no winning. So what’s one to do. Press on each day waiting until you’re ready to seek happiness? Or act on today before a completely psychotic breakdown that may come at any time? Then I think, either way…I’ll still remain unable to be pleased, so why the hell should I get out of bed today, or any day?
For 364 days of the year, I forget to verbalize all the little(and big) things I’m grateful for. I’m unable to possibly fit all that I’m thankful for in just one post, but here’s all the things I wish I expressed on a daily basis for all the beautiful people that bless me with their friendship and kindness each day.
First to my family. The people who have given me the most, yet I thank the least. I’ve taken them for granted for easily the past decade. My parents often joke about what “terrible” things I’ve said about them to my peers, and funny enough, if they were to actually ask any of my friends, they’d say otherwise. Of course, there’ve been some hard times, as with any family, but what makes us a family is our infinite forgiveness with each other. Tolerance might spread thin living under the same roof, but that’s because I forget to remind myself to show and express my gratitude, instead of taking all that they’ve blessed me with for granted. So here’s a few things I’ve been meaning to say over the years. Thank you for letting me crash at home when times get tough. Thank you for watching Misto when he missed his plane. Thank you for sending me back to school when I impulsively decide to return time and time again. Thank you for upfront loans for silly financial decisions. Thank you for providing me with the luxury of a first car, even though I never earned it. Thank you for forgiving me when I decided to do what I’ve been told not to do. Thank you for taking me to dinner when I need a meal. And thank you for trusting me with something valuable of yours on a regular basis. I’m sorry I don’t tell you both often enough how much I appreciate all that you’ve done for me the past 20years.
Second to my closest friends. Most of whom I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know this past year. I’ve had the amazing opportunity of meeting some of the most phenomenal people within the past year or so.
Alicia: You know when you meet your best friend when you spend the first day talking about morbid short stories and dismal poetry while listening to Motown. Then later re-acting out “No Exit” by Jean-Paul Sartre. Everyday I’m thankful that we both spent our summer in Cap’n Dave’s classroom, learning about Descartes’ ridiculous meditations. Getting to know you was one of the best things that has ever happened to me. We’ve had some of the best times of my life together, and I can’t imagine how I would have gone the past year without you a part of my life. I look forward to each day that we call each other, and no matter where ever we may rome in the years to come, we’ll always stay as close as we are now. There’s a few things I’ve been meaning to tell you for the last year and half. Thank you for always being by my side and helping me when it was completely out of your way to do so. Thank you for always listening to me on our patio and at Epoch when I had something troublesome on my mind. Thank you for always thinking of me and putting up with me on a daily basis. Thank you for going out of your way to make sure I get to work on time, or a good night’s sleep. Thank you for being yourself, because it’s been such a blessing to have you in my life. I’m sorry I don’t tell you enough that I love you and how much I appreciate all that you’ve done for me to help me carry on and grow. I look forward to adventure yet to come.
Lisa: I can’t even find the words to express my gratitude for all the wonderful and kindhearted things you’ve done for me the past year I had the honor to have you in my life. There’s nothing I’ve enjoyed more than spending countless hours on your patio drinking coffee and chatting the day away. You’re always going completely out of your way to help me time and time again. I constantly make impulsive childish decisions, even when you warn me otherwise, yet you’re always there to pick me up when they end badly. I don’t tell you enough how much I love you and how thankful I am for always holding my hand when shit turns south. Here’s a few things that bring tears to my eyes that you’ve done for me this past year. Thank you for picking me up on the side of street to make sure I’m fed and have a safe place to sleep at night. Thank you taking care of me, when I couldn’t even take care of myself. Thank you for always listening to silly complaints and helping me keep an open mind to the full picture of my choices. Thank you for always supporting me, even when it’s the most absurd thing you’ve ever heard. Thank you for always making time to see me so we can share a pot of coffee together. Everyday I think how truly lucky I am to have you in my life.
Joy: Getting to know you these last five months has been a true blessing. Thanks for putting up with me since I first arrived at SoLa. You have one of the biggest hearts I’ve ever met, and I’m so thankful for each and everything you’ve done for me. The day you brought me a tiny pink crown to wear on my birthday made me feel like princess, on the day I dreaded all year long. Thank you for thinking of me and making SoLa my new home since I came here.
Bianca: I’m sorry we haven’t talked in such a long time, and that I’m terrible at keeping in touch. You’re one of my dearest life long friends and I talk about you all the time. You’ve been my best friend since I moved to Texas, and you’ll always be my best friend regardless of what the future may hold. I’m so thankful that we spent our childhood and adolescents years together. My fondest memories are the ones I’ve spent with you, and I know there will be always more to come. I love & miss you very much and hope to see you soon.
Charlotte: I’m beyond grateful to have you in my life. I’ve spent some of the best years of my life with you. I’m so glad to have had the pleasure of getting to know you and incredibly thankful to have our friendship. I’ll never forget the times we’ve spent together and I’ll always be here for you if you ever need anything. Thank you for blessing me with all the wonderful things that you do and always being here for me.
Thirdly, I like to thank all the lovely people who have made an impact in my life over the years, and I wouldn’t be the person I am today without them.
Gina: You were my best friend growing up in Reno. I’m so fortunate that have been able to spend my childhood with you.
Heather: We’ve known each other for such a long time, and you’ll always be in my heart until my dying day. You have such a strong sense of direction and admirable motivation for what you want to do with your life, that it touches the hearts of others. Don’t ever give up or lose hope, because you’ll move mountains one day.
Amber: You were always there for me, when I was going through difficult times. I’m so grateful to have met you and hope you’re doing well.
Justin: Thanks for being an amazing friend and always looking out for me. I’m so thankful to have met you and to have you and Lisa as my family. I love you guys.
Jasmine: Our friendship holds such a deep place in my heart for so many years. You’ve always been a true blessing to have in my life, and I’ll never be able to find the words of how thankful that you’ve let me be a part of your life.
Stephy: You’ve been such a dear friend for so long. I’m sorry if I ever hurt you. You’ve been one of the most important people in my life. I’m incredibly thankful to have been blessed with your friendship.
Bekah: Spending our high school years together was one of the best things that has ever happened to me. I’m indescribably grateful to have had the honor of being your friend.
Megan: It’s been such a pleasure getting to know you and having you in my life over the years. I’m so proud of you for all that you’ve accomplished and thankful to have you be a part of my life.
Diane: I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to have you in my life, and I hope to keep in touch regardless of what the future has in store.
Paul: You were best friend when I was in Seattle and I’m beyond thankful that I’ve been blessed with your friendship. Thank you for all the lovely dinners and joyful Christmas and Thanksgiving cheer.
Connor: Thank you for letting me be a part of your life, and thinking of me. I enjoyed sharing poetry together and sitting by the fire.
Austin: We still need to go dancing, I’m holding you to that. I’m so grateful that I had the opportunity of meeting you and having you as a wonderful friend and roommate.
Tahir: Thank you for holding out a helping hand in my time of need, I’ll always be extremely blessed for your kindness and advice.
Marie: Thank you for always being a smiling face, even at 5 o’clock in the morning. I’ll never forget the time you picked me up on the side of FM620 at 4am so I could get to Steiner on time. I’m so glad to have you at SoLa and I hope it’s starting to feel a little more like home each day. Thanks for putting up with me this past year and half.
Roger: I’m so grateful that I was honored to have you as my boss for the past year. Thanks for always putting up with me whenever I put up a fight. Thank you for always being here for me, and supporting me this past summer.
Steve: Thank you for always including me as a part of the family, it’s means so much to me. I’m so grateful for everything you’ve done for me.
Javier: I hope you’re doing well, thank you for being a part of my Roasters family and being a dear friend.
Kayla: Thank you for always being your sunshine self and always bring cheer to my days. I’m so thankful to have met you and having your friendship in my life. Thank you for everything you’ve done for me and always being by my side these past months.
Daniel: I miss your face, and you’ll always be a dear friend to me and part of my fondest memories at Roaster.
Kevin: I’m so thankful for all the good times we spent together with Daniel at Roaster, I miss you both very much.
Tiffany: Thank you for being such a wonderful friend and kindhearted person. I’m so happy for you and seeing you grow these past years. Thank you for being a part of my Roasters family.
Meredith: You are sincerely one of the most amazingly warm-hearted and lovely people I’ve been honored to meet. I’m sorry we’re never able to get coffee and catch up. Thank you for always being such a wonderful friend and being there for me.
Cheri: I’m unable to even begin to find the words to express my gratitude for everything you did for me and blessing me with your friendship. I keep you in my fondest thoughts. Thank you for letting me into your life and always bringing a smile to my face
Liz: I’m so grateful to have had you as one of my closest friends working at Roasters. I miss our evenings spent taking at Epoch and gratefully enjoyed getting to know you.