I see your shifting gaze, that disgusted glance. I know you’re questioning my parenting from across the elementary school assembly.
Let me tell you a little story about the kindergarten student with bright purple hair, my little Raven Marie…
A month before school started she decided to play hair stylist with the craft scissors, and to save what was left I had to opt for a pixie cut. She was absolutely devastated. It was about three hours before she stopped her harsh sobbing and hiccups.
She has thought that the length of a girls hair was what made her “girly”. I know I’ve personally had many hairstyles around her before, including a purple mohawk, which many people criticized as not being “girly” enough. Media, other children, other parents, and society made it worse. She would randomly burst in tears while out in public for the first week of her new style, screaming that she looked like a boy. That everyone would think she’s a boy.
At one point she took off her bow in her hair, threw it at a cashier and screamed, “I DON’T NEED THIS BOW TO TELL YOU THAT I’M NOT A BOY, BECAUSE I’M NOT”
Proudly stomping away in her blue jean overalls, head held high.
Once we edged closer to the first day of school she kept asking questions like, “Do you think the other kids will like me? Do you think they’ll be my friend? Will they think I’m a boy? Will they pick on me because I have boy hair?”
So I went to the grocery store, bought some dye, and spent the whole night transforming my bright blonde little girl into a plum punk rock fairy. I then assured her that if any of the kids didn’t like her, they were just jealous.
As for you, mothers and teachers with the wandering eyes filled with disgust and judgement, I’m in the business of raising a free spirit.
Here’s to you, Raven Marie. I love you.
I just watched a kid break down in the bookstore because his books for the semester totaled $600 and that’s the american university system in a nutshell
I was on the verge of tears when I got to the cashier so yeah, that’s messed up
YES. I FOUND THE THING, IF ANYONE DOESN’T HAVE MONEY FOR COLLEGE TEXT BOOKS LIKE ME, THEN GO HERE OKAY?
"1. Listen to your mom, despite how much you think she doesn’t know what you’re going through. She does. She’s been there.
-Things You Should Know As A Teenager/Before You Turn 20 (Part II)
2. Shaving is optional.
3. Actions always speak louder than words.
4. Sex should be fun. If you’re not laughing, you’re doing it with the wrong person.
5. Life isn’t a movie.
6. Only wear what you feel comfortable in and not what’s in style at the time.
7. It’s much better to have a small group of good friends than a big group of fake ones.
8. Go skinny dipping.
9. Write things down. Your story is an important one.
10. Wear sunscreen.
11. If it was meant to work, it would have. Don’t force something that’s dead to keep growing.
12. Take care of your feet.
13. Like what you like.
14. Listen to your grandparents’ stories from the 50s. Watch their eyes light up as they take a trip down memory lane.
15. A good pair of jeans never fails.
16. Men mature slower than women. Just keep that in mind.
17. Everybody has celilute.
18. Don’t allow yourself to be used as a rebound. If he didn’t care about you then, what makes you think he’s cares now? Stay wise.
19. Always carry tampons. You never know.
20. If words fail, make a playlist.
21. Stop reserving places in your life for people who don’t want to be there.
22. Study. You won’t regret it.
23. You won’t enjoy that salad as much as you’ll enjoy the pizza so don’t kid yourself.
24. Watch the news. Know the world you live in.
25. Apologise when you should.
26. Wear dresses that are tight enough to show you’re a woman but loose enough to show you’re a lady.
27. Try and sneak into a bar with a fake ID. Hey, you’re only young once.
28. Sing loud and proud.
29. First dates are exciting. Enjoy them.
31. If you want a bikini body, put a bikini on your body. There.
32. Don’t be afraid of change.
33. A good laugh and a long sleep can cure pretty much anything.
34. If you know in your heart that something is worth fighting for, then fight. And don’t give up until you win.
35. Make a scrapbook.
36. If you’re not losing friends, you’re not growing up.
38. If you fail, try again.
39. A leather jacket will always help you to feel more badass.
40. Never hide your true feelings.
41. Be blind to gender, race, sexuality, religion, disability and difference.
42. Walk along the beach at midnight.
43. The only way to get answers is to ask questions.
44. Drive carefully when it snows.
45. Put your phone away at a concert and enjoy it. Nobody on Twitter cares that you’re there.
46. Beauty is a state of mind, not state of body.
47. Try your best not to hate the girl who flirts with the guy you like. Don’t allow somebody else’s feelings to turn yours bitter.
48. Buy bras that actually fit.
49. Collect something.
50. Really think before sending intimate photos to someone. Or at least just hide your face.
52. A great red lipstick will always be a worthy investment.
53. If he tries something on the first date, know that he only asked you out for one reason. And don’t allow it.
54. Be kind to your skin.
55. Nobody is perfect, so stop trying to be.
56. Spend time with your siblings. They’re going to be your friends for life.
57. Be the friend you wish you had.
58. A good cry is good therapy.
59. Stop hitting the snooze button. Seize the day.
60. Don’t try to change somebody who doesn’t want to change. You’re only wasting your own time.
61. Watch ‘Titanic’.
62. Spend time with the family at Christmas.
63. Enjoy young love while you can. There will never come another time when you will be more honest and vulnerable and thrilled at everything that’s new.
64. Don’t cry over a haircut. It will grow.
65. Keep other people’s secrets.
66. No one has it all, so learn to make the best of what you do have while you have it. And take good care of it.
68. Try not to bite your nails.
69. Stop comparing yourself to other people. Just stop it.
70. Leave a summer fling in the summer.
71. It’s okay to not know what the hell you’re doing with your life yet.
72. Text your mom at least twice on a night out to reassure her that you’re fine. She’s a mom. She worries.
73. Yoga is good for the soul.
74. Take pride in your achievements.
75. The end of a relationship doesn’t always have to be someone’s fault or a rejection. Sometimes it’s just the end of something that wasn’t right for you.
76. Smart is sexy.
77. A jealous friend is more dangerous than a blatant enemy.
78. Realise that “texting someone” isn’t enough. It’s fun at first but you deserve to have it go somewhere. So if all of your conversations are said with your thumbs, delete his number.
79. That spot on your forehead really doesn’t matter.
80. Not every debate needs your input. Sometimes you have to just take a deep breath and walk away.
81. Pour your own drinks.
82. Raise your hand is class. Who cares if you get the answer wrong?
83. Forget what you want and remember what you deserve.
84. Take your makeup off at night. Trust me.
85. Sometimes people just suck.
86. Don’t be afraid of removing toxic people from your life. It’s not worth having people around you who do nothing but bring you down.
87. Eat what you want.
88. Try not to be late.
89. Write up a good resume. Spend time checking for grammar and spelling mistakes. Toot your own horn. Make the effort to get somewhere.
90. Trust your instincts.
91. If somebody can’t do something, they will try and tell you that you can’t either. Don’t you dare listen. Prove them wrong.
92. Pick a tea.
93. Put your family first.
94. First impressions are important but not always accurate.
95. See other people’s points of view, too.
96. Life is unpredictable. Seek change and understand that things may not always work out the way you anticipated. Roll with it.
97. Failure is success when you learn from it.
99. You are more than enough.
100. The fresh start you’re waiting for can arrive at any minute.
101. This is only the beginning."
This is fantastic
Cas is a screenwriter, and a great one at that, but blasts from the past aren’t exactly simple in Hollywood.
“He’s a hack,” Cas sighs, rubbing the bridge of his nose in frustration, his thick black frames hitching above his fingers, “The most he can do is make explosions pop on screen, and that’s all very well but I don’t want that. I want something more.”
“We’ve been trying our best, Novak, but your screening process is pretty picky,” Ellie explains, her hair still tied back in a perfect ponytail despite the California heat, “You want a good director? You’re gonna have to pick one and stick with him, long as you can. You gotta stick it out, man.”
Poor Ellie, Cas thinks, long-suffering for his particular edge that Hollywood has started clamouring for after nearly a decade of poverty. But he can’t pick any director, he needs someone with integrity, who understands the message, who cares about the art rather than the money. This screenplay has been sitting on his computer since he was nineteen, and all the studios are lapping for some juvenilia, thinking it has the household Castiel Novak edge, but it’s just teen angst repurposed for a different age, that’s all. Still, it was his first serious piece, and he needs someone who really knows his stuff.
He looks down the list, having skipped down the list of names until a name pops out at him like a lance through his memories.
He stubs a bitten-to-the-quick fingernail at the name and gruffly informs Ellie, “Him,” before picking up his trench coat and walking out for some fresh air.
Dean Winchester. Hasn’t spoken to him since film school, since that night. A shiver runs through him, despite the stifling humidity, and he tells his driver to take him home.
“Obviously I’ll never be in anything with the commercial success that Harry Potter has but then again neither will anyone else.”
That was super nice of them.
And now I’m mad that nobody told us we were given cows. Cause that’s really f*cking nice and nobody mentioned it at all.
American media tends to disregard that anyone donates to the US. And then Amurricans complain about money going abroad because “nobody helped the US in our disasters.”
Also, do you know how much a cow costs? O.O
It isn’t just a matter of how much a cow costs, its a matter of considering that Masai life is based around their cattle. Its their wealth, their food, and a significant part of their religion. Here’s a quote from Wikipedia:
“Traditional Maasai lifestyle centres around their cattle which constitute their primary source of food. The measure of a man’s wealth is in terms of cattle and children. A herd of 50 cattle is respectable, and the more children the better. A man who has plenty of one but not the other is considered to be poor. A Maasai religious belief relates that God gave them all the cattle on earth, leading to the belief that rustling cattle from other tribes is a matter of taking back what is rightfully theirs, a practice that has become much less common.”
So its not just “they gave us 14 cows”, its that they gave us something that is very important and significant to them, it is more than just a kind gesture that definitely deserves to be known and its a genuine shame that more people don’t know about it.
whoever invents headphones that are comfortable to sleep in will get so rich
[SleepPhones] are headphones wrapped in a padded fleece headband. I have a pair, and they’re quite nice.
Get out of here……
So I guess I managed to leave the link out of that post, sorry!
My 9 year old brother started reading Harry Potter, and he asked me, so earnestly, “Were the Dursley’s mean to Harry when he was little?” I hadn’t thought much about it before, and he seemed so upset that I totally lied to that little kid. “NO! Of course they weren’t.”
But then I couldn’t get young Harry out of my head. There must have been a time before he was resigned to their neglect that he wanted their affection.
There will never be a time when I am not absolutely broken up over this.
You know, psychologically (if you’ve studied psychology at all), how is Harry not SUPER fucked up? Like if you look at all the developmental stages and if you’ve seen documentaries on children who haven’t gotten then needed attention to surpass those stages, how the fuck is Harry a functioning adult?
Base By: Jahrenesis