“It’s difficult to believe in yourself because the idea of self is an artificial construction. You are, in fact, part of the glorious oneness of the universe. Everything beautiful in the world is within you. No-one really feels self-confident deep down because it’s an artificial idea. Really, people aren’t that worried about what you’re doing or what you’re saying, so you can drift around the world relatively anonymously: you must not feel persecuted and examined. Liberate yourself from that idea that people are watching you.”—Russell Brand (via some-atoms)
Ailurophile A cat-lover. Assemblage A gathering. Becoming Attractive. Beleaguer To exhaust with attacks. Brood To think alone. Bucolic In a lovely rural setting. Bungalow A small, cozy cottage. Chatoyant Like a cat’s eye. Comely Attractive. Conflate To blend together. Cynosure A focal point of admiration. Dalliance A brief love affair. Demesne Dominion, territory. Demure Shy and reserved. Denouement The resolution of a mystery. Desuetude Disuse. Desultory Slow, sluggish. Diaphanous Filmy. Dissemble Deceive. Dulcet Sweet, sugary. Ebullience Bubbling enthusiasm. Effervescent Bubbly. Efflorescence Flowering, blooming. Elision Dropping a sound or syllable in a word. Elixir A good potion. Eloquence Beauty and persuasion in speech. Embrocation Rubbing on a lotion. Emollient A softener. Ephemeral Short-lived. Epiphany A sudden revelation. Erstwhile At one time, for a time. Ethereal Gaseous, invisible but detectable. Evanescent Vanishing quickly, lasting a very short time. Evocative Suggestive. Fetching Pretty. Felicity Pleasantness. Forbearance Withholding response to provocation. Fugacious Fleeting. Furtive Shifty, sneaky. Gambol To skip or leap about joyfully. Glamour Beauty. Gossamer The finest piece of thread, a spider’s silk. Halcyon Happy, sunny, care-free. Harbinger Messenger with news of the future. Imbrication Overlapping and forming a regular pattern. Imbroglio An altercation or complicated situation. Imbue To infuse, instill. Incipient Beginning, in an early stage. Ineffable Unutterable, inexpressible. Ingénue A naïve young woman. Inglenook A cozy nook by the hearth. Insouciance Blithe nonchalance. Inure To become jaded. Labyrinthine Twisting and turning. Lagniappe A special kind of gift. Lagoon A small gulf or inlet. Languor Listlessness, inactivity. Lassitude Weariness, listlessness. Leisure Free time. Lilt To move musically or lively. Lissome Slender and graceful. Lithe Slender and flexible. Love Deep affection. Mellifluous Sweet sounding. Moiety One of two equal parts. Mondegreen A slip of the ear. Murmurous Murmuring. Nemesis An unconquerable archenemy. Offing The sea between the horizon and the offshore. Onomatopoeia A word that sounds like its meaning. Opulent Lush, luxuriant. Palimpsest A manuscript written over earlier ones. Panacea A solution for all problems Panoply A complete set. Pastiche An art work combining materials from various sources. Penumbra A half-shadow. Petrichor The smell of earth after rain. Plethora A large quantity. Propinquity An inclination. Pyrrhic Successful with heavy losses. Quintessential Most essential. Ratatouille A spicy French stew. Ravel To knit or unknit. Redolent Fragrant. Riparian By the bank of a stream. Ripple A very small wave. Scintilla A spark or very small thing. Sempiternal Eternal. Seraglio Rich, luxurious oriental palace or harem. Serendipity Finding something nice while looking for something else. Summery Light, delicate or warm and sunny. Sumptuous Lush, luxurious. Surreptitious Secretive, sneaky. Susquehanna A river in Pennsylvania. Susurrous Whispering, hissing. Talisman A good luck charm. Tintinnabulation Tinkling. Umbrella Protection from sun or rain. Untoward Unseemly, inappropriate. Vestigial In trace amounts. Wafture Waving. Wherewithal The means. Woebegone Sorrowful, downcast.
“No, you can’t deny women their basic rights and pretend it’s about your ‘religious freedom.’ If you don’t like birth control, don’t use it. Religious freedom doesn’t mean you can force others to live by your own beliefs.”—President Barack Obama (via hesaysshesbeautiful)
That’s what the WHO recommends, at least, and I’ll take their word for it; it doesn’t get much cheaper than free. After just six hours, the UV rays from the sun have destroyed all the microbes in your water, making it safe to drink.
Recent research shows two hacks, both equally easy and nearly as cheap, to improve water purification. Add a dash of salt, of the table salt variety, to cause sediment to clump and fall out of suspension. And use some lime juice, which contains chemical compounds called psoralens, to cut the UV wait time from 6 hours to 30 minutes.
“We are the girls with anxiety disorders, filled appointment books, five-year plans. We take ourselves very, very seriously. We are the peacemakers, the do-gooders, the givers, the savers. We are on time, overly prepared, well read, and witty, intellectually curious, always moving…We pride ourselves on getting as little sleep as possible and thrive on self-deprivation. We drink coffee, a lot of it. We are on birth control, Prozac, and multivitamins…We are relentless, judgmental with ourselves, and forgiving to others. We are the daughters of the feminists who said “You can be anything” and we heard “You have to be everything.”—Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters - Courtney E. Martin (via kaitykait)
“People don’t know how to love. They bite rather than kiss, they slap rather than stroke. Maybe because they realize how easy it is for love to go bad. Become suddenly impossible, unworkable, an excersize of utility. So they avoid it, and seek solice and angst, and fear and agression, which are always there and readily available. And maybe sometimes, they just don’t have all the facts.
Anger and resentment can stop you in your tracks. That’s what I know now. It leaves nothing to burn but the air and the life that swallows and smothers. It’s real though, the fury. Even when it isn’t, it can change you, turn you, mold you, and shape you into someone you’re not. The only upside to anger then, is the person you become. Hopefully someone that wakes up one day and realizes they’re not afraid of its journey. Someone that knows that the truth is at best a parshly told story that anger, like growth, comes in spurts and fits, and in its wake leaves new chances of acceptance and the promise of calm. Then again, what do I know? I’m only a child.”— Lavender “Popeye” Wolfmeyer, The Upside Of Anger (via sad-disco)
“(When you need to) Escape reality :
Life feels overwhelming right now so go to a bookstore and hide in the children’s section. Look through the beautiful picture books and read the stories that offer the oldest and most simple advice. On your way home rent a Disney or Pixar Animation movie and watch it before going to bed.”—http://breakupsurvivor.com/BreakupSurvivor/stage.aspx?Stage=5&Gender=Female
That moment, when you realise you’re sad and you can no longer sob into their chest as they stroke your hair and tell you it’s all going to be ok. And you know it will be ok. Because they’re with you in it as a united front.
But things are different now.
You’re alone in this.
Can you re-learn to cope?