Irrelevant post that I just thought would be cool to remember later on:

Rough week with lots of bottled up emotions and guilt. So not knowing what else to do, I pray! And out of nowhere Bautista texts me saying he was praying and felt like God wanted him to talk to me and pray for me. :’) Coincidence?

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Robin Williams didn’t die from suicide. I only just heard the sad, sad news of Robin Williams’s death. My wife sent me a message to tell me he had died, and, when I asked her what he died from, she told me something that nobody in the news seems to be talking about.

When people die from cancer, their cause of death can be various horrible things – seizure, stroke, pneumonia – and when someone dies after battling cancer, and people ask “How did they die?”, you never hear anyone say “pulmonary embolism”, the answer is always “cancer”. A Pulmonary Embolism can be the final cause of death with some cancers, but when a friend of mine died from cancer, he died from cancer. That was it. And when I asked my wife what Robin Williams died from, she, very wisely, replied “Depression”.

The word “suicide” gives many people the impression that “it was his own decision,” or “he chose to die, whereas most people with cancer fight to live.” And, because Depression is still such a misunderstood condition, you can hardly blame people for not really understanding. Just a quick search on Twitter will show how many people have little sympathy for those who commit suicide…

But, just as a Pulmonary Embolism is a fatal symptom of cancer, suicide is a fatal symptom of Depression. Depression is an illness, not a choice of lifestyle. You can’t just “cheer up” with depression, just as you can’t choose not to have cancer. When someone commits suicide as a result of Depression, they die from Depression – an illness that kills millions each year. It is hard to know exactly how many people actually die from Depression each year because the figures and statistics only seem to show how many people die from “suicide” each year (and you don’t necessarily have to suffer Depression to commit suicide, it’s usually just implied). But considering that one person commits suicide every 14 minutes in the US alone, we clearly need to do more to battle this illness, and the stigmas that continue to surround it. Perhaps Depression might lose some its “it was his own fault” stigma, if we start focussing on the illness, rather than the symptom. Robin Williams didn’t die from suicide. He died from Depression*. It wasn’t his choice to suffer that.

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When something scary happens to you and it just keeps replaying in your mind. The sounds. The smell. The fear. Every time you close your eyes.

Always Love
Nada Surf

I want to know what it’d be like to aim so high above.

Hear You Me
Jimmy Eat World

On sleepless roads the sleepless go.

4 Minutes.

It only takes four minutes to make a cup of coffee. Or wash your face. Or check your social media feed.

Or for a song to give someone hope.

August 2014

Cool thing about starting college, a place totally new, is that no one will know who I am. When people look at me there won’t be any pre-judgment of who I am - well, besides how they’ll judge my appearance of course. I’ll just be a girl. No label. No predetermined opinion. Just a fresh start.

Just a girl.

"You will be shocked, kids, when you discover how easy it is in life to part ways with people forever.

That’s why, when you find someone you want to keep around, you do something about it."
How I Met Your Mother  (via saintofsass)

"You can get plastic surgery to fix that."

It’s bad enough that you would encourage me to do this, but it’s worse that it’s coming from you, a woman who should understand a girl’s insecurities. It’s people like you that make girls feel less than perfect, less than enough.

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Ever finished a book? I mean, truly finished one? Cover to cover. Closed the spine with that slow awakening that comes with reentering consciousness?

You take a breath, deep from the bottom of your lungs and sit there. Book in both hands, your head staring down at the cover, back page or wall in front of you.

You’re grateful, thoughtful, pensive. You feel like a piece of you was just gained and lost. You’ve just experienced something deep, something intimate… Full from the experience, the connection, the richness that comes after digesting another soul.

[…]

It’s no surprise that readers are better people. Having experienced someone else’s life through abstract eyes, they’ve learned what it’s like to leave their bodies and see the world through other frames of reference. They have access to hundreds of souls, and the collected wisdom of all them.

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Beautiful read on why readers are, “scientifically,” the best people to date

Perhaps Kafka’s timeless contention that books are "the axe for the frozen sea inside us" applies equally to the frozen sea between us. 

(via explore-blog)

neil will love this one.

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