1. People get really irritated by mental illness. “Just fucking get it together! Suck it up, man!” I had a breakdown, and a spiritual friend came to visit me in the psych ward. And they said, “You need to get out of here. Because this is the story you’re telling yourself. You know, Patch Adams has this great work-group camp where you can learn how to really celebrate life.”

    It’s something people are so powerless over, and so often they want to make it your fault. It’s nobody’s fault. I started thinking of suicide when I was 10 years old—I can’t believe that that’s somebody’s fault. Like, “Oh, you’re just an attention getter.” Mental illness isn’t seen as an illness, it’s seen as a choice.

    Yeah. I have a joke about how people don’t talk about mental illness the way they do other regular illnesses. “Well, apparently Jeff has cancer. Uh, I have cancer. We all have cancer. You go to chemotherapy you get it taken care of, am I right? You get back to work.” Or: “I was dating this chick, and three months in, she tells me that she wears glasses, and she’s been wearing contact lenses all this time. She needs help seeing. I was like, listen, I’m not into all that Western medicine shit. If you want to see, then work at it. Figure out how not to be so myopic. You know?”

    — 

    Maria Bamford (via thekateblack)

    As someone who works in the mental health field and specifically with kids, this is incredibly important. People (and sometimes parents) just don’t understand that it’s not a choice.

    (via redcatinsanfrancisco)

     
  2. 11:45

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    Reblogged from smartgirlsattheparty

    Tags: Mindy Kaling

    So many people will not be able to see your potential … (x)

    (Source: britcroft)

     
  3. The First Marriage

    by Peter Meinke
    for Gretchen and Herb: June 15, 1991
    
    
    imagine the very first marriage a girl
    and boy trembling with some inchoate
    need for ceremony a desire for witness:
    inventing formality like a wheel or a hoe
    
    in a lost language in a clearing too far from here
    a prophet or a prophetess intoned to the lovers
    who knelt with their hearts cresting
    like the unnamed ocean thinking This is true
    
    thinking they will never be alone again
    though planets slip their tracks and fish
    desert the sea repeating those magic sounds
    meaning I do on this stone below
    this tree before these friends yes in body
    and word my darkdream my sunsong yes I do I do
     
  4. 08:53

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    Reblogged from smartgirlsattheparty

    Tags: lupita nyong'osesame street

    I love my skin!

    (Source: arthaemisia)

     
  5. 08:49

    Notes: 4

    Tags: apwa practical wedding

    There was a time when I was so heartbroken that I couldn’t get out of bed, and a friend came over and sat on the end of my bed while I talk-cried for hours. I never paused to ask her about her day, or relationship, or even her commute. When I realized this, I cried harder. “I’m sorry I’m such a bad friend,” I wept. “What if I never feel better? What if I never get out of this bed?” And she said from the end of my bed, “Well, then we’ll come over to rub your feet.” It did not make the grief any better, but it was deeply comforting in that one small moment. And I bet that’s what your people are going to do.
     
  6. TAFT
    what is it
    DO WE OWN THE PHILIPPINES
    do we what
    DO WE HAVE IT YET
    no, sir
    I believe the Filipinos have it
    WELL I WANT IT
    how do you propose to get it
    I PROPOSE TO STRIKE ANY MAN WHO TRIES TO STOP ME SOUNDLY IN THE FACE IS HOW
    I PROPOSE TO ACQUIRE IT THROUGH THE STRATEGIC USE OF COLD BATHS, STRENUOUS MOUNTAIN HIKES, AND BARE-KNUCKLE BOXING
    I PROPOSE TO RIDE YOU LIKE A PONY ALL THE WAY TO MANILA
    please don’t ride me like a pony, sir
    IF YOU LET ME RIDE YOU LIKE A PONY
    I SHALL APPOINT YOU SUPREME COURT JUSTICE
    sir, you promised me that last Christmas
     
  7. 10:35

    Notes: 3

    Week Three. @ThredUp work wardrobe going strong, but it’s definitely sweater weather here.

    Week Three. @ThredUp work wardrobe going strong, but it’s definitely sweater weather here.

     
  8. 19:13 15th Sep 2014

    Notes: 8622

    Reblogged from coffeeshop-ramblings

    Find meaning. Distinguish melancholy from sadness. Go out for a walk. It doesn’t have to be a romantic walk in the park, spring at its most spectacular moment, flowers and smells and outstanding poetical imagery smoothly transferring you into another world. It doesn’t have to be a walk during which you’ll have multiple life epiphanies and discover meanings no other brain ever managed to encounter. Do not be afraid of spending quality time by yourself. Find meaning or don’t find meaning but “steal” some time and give it freely and exclusively to your own self. Opt for privacy and solitude. That doesn’t make you antisocial or cause you to reject the rest of the world. But you need to breathe. And you need to be.
    — Albert Camus, Notebooks, 1951-1959    (via finegoodsfinefolk)

    (Source: 2cleopatras)

     
  9. 16:17

    Notes: 801

    Reblogged from therumpus

    Tags: libraastrology

    therumpus:

The Rumblr’s in-house astrologer, Madame Clairevoyant, presents her latest dispatch from the stars:
Libra: This week does not have to be such a big week; this week does not have to bear all the weight of the past and the future, and it does not have to bear the weight of all of your secret dreams. This week, try to give yourself a moment to rest. Take a bath, take a day off, take a minute to watch the sky. You’ve survived so many things already, and all you have to do this week is be very good to other people. All you have to do this week is be kind.
Today’s image was made specially for Madame Clairevoyant by Jen May.

    therumpus:

    The Rumblr’s in-house astrologer, Madame Clairevoyant, presents her latest dispatch from the stars:

    Libra: This week does not have to be such a big week; this week does not have to bear all the weight of the past and the future, and it does not have to bear the weight of all of your secret dreams. This week, try to give yourself a moment to rest. Take a bath, take a day off, take a minute to watch the sky. You’ve survived so many things already, and all you have to do this week is be very good to other people. All you have to do this week is be kind.


    Today’s image was made specially for Madame Clairevoyant by Jen May.

     
  10. In cases of domestic abuse, violence and love don’t just exist under the same roof; they work in tandem…. Appealing to love allows abusers to maintain control over their victims far after they leave the home and serves to perpetuate the violence across generations. Few abusers are wholly evil people who openly hate their kids and seek to raise them exactly the wrong way. Those monsters are easier to recognize and convict, which makes so-called loving abusers in a way even more dangerous: After all, who would want to stop a man from loving his own children?