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I want to apologize to all the women I have called beautiful
before I’ve called them intelligent or brave
I am sorry I made it sound as though
something as simple as what you’re born with
is all you have to be proud of
when you have broken mountains with your wit
from now on I will say things like
you are resilient, or you are extraordinary
not because I don’t think you’re beautiful
but because I need you to know
you are more than that
- Rupi Kaur (via hanaflorence)
merlinsassbutt:

tfios-changed-my-life:

So this little cigarette right here has sparked a whole new brand of TFiOS hate, much of which is coming from people who claimed to love the book. 
Many people are now pointing out how “pretentious” Augustus is, and I can’t help but think, You’re only just now realizing this. He was written to be a seemingly pretentious and arrogant person. The acknowledgement of this is actually highly important because, without it, the book loses the message that a hero’s journey is that of strength to weakness. 
Augustus Waters has big dreams for himself. He wants to be known and remembered; he wants to be a hero; he wants to be seen as perfect. But there’s already something standing in his way… He has a disability, and society tells him that a person cannot be both perfect and disabled. So what does he do? He creates a persona for himself. He tries to appear older and wiser than he is. But the pretentious side of him is NOT who he truly is. It’s all an act. (This is evident in the fact that he often uses words in the wrong context.)
And when his cancer returns, we begin to see his mask cracking. The true Augustus begins to bleed through… Hazel even takes notice of this from time to time. And by the time we get to the gas station scene, Augustus is no longer the picture of perfection he was when we met him. The play has been canceled. The actor must reveal himself. And he’s revealed to be a weak, defenseless boy, succumbing to the cancer that is made of him. 
THE PRETENTIOUSNESS IS INTENTIONAL. It stands to show Augustus’s journey from flawless to flawed, from strong to weak. It’s the key to understanding that Augustus was the hero he always wanted to be, even if he didn’t realized it. 

As Hazel says in one of my favorite quotes, “When surprised and exited and innocent Gus emerged from Grand Gesture Metaphorically Inclined Augustus, I literally could not resist”
black-boys:

Nathan Owens by Matthias Vriens-McGrath

Current Obsession: Nathan Owens. Get in my bedroom.
Of course I am not worried about intimidating men. The type of man who will be intimidated by me is exactly the type of man I have no interest in.
- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie  (via babezie)

(Source: emotional-algebra)

Day 11: Write a poem “about” your Favourite song… Mtume - Juicy fruit. (Now you’re just a song that I used to sing)  #napowrimo #poetry #writing #love #forgiveness
spenceromg:

vuoen:

vaxpur:

antiquitie:

swinq:

yooo this looks dope on your blog

it really does

ugh

preach it tegs this is the sexiest thing I’ve seen in ages

mmmm
Day 10: Write a series of real life haikus. (Broke the nature rule)  #napowrimo #poetry #day10 #haiku
Let them miss you. Sometimes when you’re always available, they take you for granted because they think you’ll always stay.
- (via stevenrosas)
'Was it hard?' I ask. 'Letting go?'
‘Not as hard as holding on to something that wasn’t real.’
- Lisa Schroeder  (via thereallianne)

(Source: observando)

I have a sudden need to be needy… Someone, anyone, initiate… Lets talk.
I have a sudden need to be needy… Someone, anyone, initiate… Lets talk.

That sounded a little bossy.

…Please?

I’m not upset that you lied to me, I’m upset that from now on I can’t believe you.
- Friedrich Nietzsche (via holyromanhomo)