When we meet,
would it be too much
to ask you for your life story?
Tell me why you cut your hair
the way you do.
Tell me about the first band
you ever really listened to.
Tell me about your favorite
piece of clothing when you were small.
Tell me what you dressed up as
on Halloween when you were five years old.
Tell me how you grew up to be so tall.
Talk to me about your mother and father,
and your grandmothers and grandfathers.
Tell me about your life
and what your parent’s lives were like
before you were born.
Tell me all the embarrassing years.
Tell me who first taught you how to smile.
Tell me the first time a girl made you nervous.
Tell me when you felt insecure.
Tell my why you felt insecure.
Tell me if someone stole
your safety from you,
or if you’ve always spent your life in fear.
Tell me how you found your way
across the country.
Tell me if you like laying here with me.
Tell me what kept you alive
all the times you thought you would die?
And would it be out of line
if I told you
I might cry
the first time we meet
because I’ve never seen
something so lovely
my entire life?
What if I told you
that your voice is
all the old burns
of my past?
“That is why it is so important to let certain things go. To release them. To cut loose. People need to understand that no one is playing with marked cards; sometimes we win and sometimes we lose. Don’t expect to get anything back, don’t expect recognition for your efforts, don’t expect your genius to be discovered or your love to be understood. Complete the circle. Not out of pride, inability or arrogance, but simply because whatever it is no longer fits in your life. Close the door, change the record, clean the house, get rid of the dust. Stop being who you were and become who you are.”—Paulo Coehlo (via sketchmedesire)
“1. if you don’t like your name don’t use it
2. scream at the sky, whisper secrets to the ocean, hold hands with clouds. the world is yours if you want it to be
3. do things that make you nervous and let the feeling consume you until you feel scared and alive and want to throw up
4. don’t worry about falling in love
5. pick flowers whenever you see them and leave them wherever you go
6. kiss all the things that make you happy and all the things that make you sad, kiss everything that makes you feel anything
7. weave stars into your clothes and always remember that you came from them and will go back to them again someday
8. never empty your pockets
9. light dead flowers on fire when you’re feeling sad, let their smell fill your lungs and make you forget about life
10. diet coca cola will make your head spin and your throat burn, drink it when you’re feeling like things are going to get bad
11. if a boy with pretty eyes asks you who you are, show him your scars and your freckles and your bruises and let him know that you are alive
12. the best people have electricity running through their veins and around their hearts, let them shock you
13. forget how old you are, it does not matter
14. if something or someone makes you want to run then do it, run until your legs go numb and your heart is about to explode and you forget how to breathe
15. when the world is asleep make the night your friend and you will become invincible
16. get lost in another city and don’t ask for directions
17. cry if you want to, but try not to drown in your tears
18. do not be afraid of the sight of blood or the sound of bones snapping or the smell of hospital beds
19. race the moon while you’re driving until you’re going faster than the speed of light
20. never sit still”—how to not understand life and be okay with it, alina guevara (via perfect)