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’re more than that

- Rupi Kaur (via live-to-the-point-of-tears)

Reblogged from Live.to.the.point.of.tears

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Somewhere in the world, a lion wakes up every morning not knowing what it’s going to eat. Every day, it finds food. The lion isn’t worried—it just does what it needs to do.

Somewhere else, in a zoo, a caged lion sits around every day and waits for a zookeeper. The lion is comfortable. It gets to relax. It’s not worried much, either.

Both of these animals are lions. Only one is a king.

- Julien Smith, The Flinch
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25th July 2014

"I think sometimes we forget that we are merely temporary visitors to this earth, temporary inhabitants of these bodies. We take our lives perhaps too seriously sometimes, when we forget our ultimate destination (whether it’s 9 or 90 years, after all? We eventually leave these bodies). When we forget our transience - when we think we’re going to be here forever - all our choices become so weighty, so significant, so intimating…but we won’t be here forever. So maybe it doesn’t really matter as much as we think it matters? Maybe you can be lighter about your choices, that being the case? 
So what do you want to do before you go? What would be interesting to you? What would bring you enjoyment, or elevation, or transendence? And what’s to be lost really, in giving new things a try? 
We’re just passing through life. Might as well check it out a bit while we’re here, right?” - Liz (genius) Gilbert, pictured on an elephant in India "I think sometimes we forget that we are merely temporary visitors to this earth, temporary inhabitants of these bodies. We take our lives perhaps too seriously sometimes, when we forget our ultimate destination (whether it’s 9 or 90 years, after all? We eventually leave these bodies). When we forget our transience - when we think we’re going to be here forever - all our choices become so weighty, so significant, so intimating…but we won’t be here forever. So maybe it doesn’t really matter as much as we think it matters? Maybe you can be lighter about your choices, that being the case? 
So what do you want to do before you go? What would be interesting to you? What would bring you enjoyment, or elevation, or transendence? And what’s to be lost really, in giving new things a try? 
We’re just passing through life. Might as well check it out a bit while we’re here, right?” - Liz (genius) Gilbert, pictured on an elephant in India

"I think sometimes we forget that we are merely temporary visitors to this earth, temporary inhabitants of these bodies. We take our lives perhaps too seriously sometimes, when we forget our ultimate destination (whether it’s 9 or 90 years, after all? We eventually leave these bodies). When we forget our transience - when we think we’re going to be here forever - all our choices become so weighty, so significant, so intimating…but we won’t be here forever. So maybe it doesn’t really matter as much as we think it matters? Maybe you can be lighter about your choices, that being the case?
So what do you want to do before you go? What would be interesting to you? What would bring you enjoyment, or elevation, or transendence? And what’s to be lost really, in giving new things a try?
We’re just passing through life. Might as well check it out a bit while we’re here, right?” - Liz (genius) Gilbert, pictured on an elephant in India

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50 Reasons That Prove Why New York Is Actually The Unhappiest City In America ]

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm…..started to think some of these thoughts when I was in Australia where I obviously had MUCHO perspective. I adore NYC but have never been there for more than a month and am starting to think it’s really not the place to be (long-term) if you want to experience genuine happiness on a day-to-day basis. 

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