“I’ve had some very, very strange friends in my life, so you know, someone asking me do I pee in the shower doesn’t really throw me off a bit. Because I’ve been asked tons and tons of even weirder stuff. Like what my favorite ant is. I don’t know, black red ones, I don’t know.”—Chris Colfer (via chriscarsonkurt)
“If the anti-abortion movement took a tenth of the energy they put into noisy theatrics and devoted it to improving the lives of children who have been born into lives of poverty, violence, and neglect, they could make a world shine.”—Michael J. Tucker (via princesssimon)
“You were made for greatness. You were made to be set free. You weren’t meant to fake this. So be who you are. You are beautiful in my eyes. You are more beautiful without your disguise.”—Chris Graham (via beautifuleverylittlepiece)
“To everyone that doesn’t understand eating disorders: This isn’t a choice, by any means. I would do anything to not be the way I am. This isn’t my fault, your fault, my family’s fault, or anyone else’s fault; I can’t help the way my mind works. No, I can’t just “get over it” or just “suck it up and eat a sandwich.” No, this is not for attention. No, I don’t want you to tell me I’m “beautiful” or “pretty” or “skinny” because, honestly, your opinion doesn’t matter. Don’t comment on my body, at all, I don’t care if it’s a compliment, it’s not going to help. Don’t make jokes about it, they aren’t funny, they’re cruel. No, this isn’t a “fashion statement” or a “diet.” No, I won’t just magically stop being anorexic when I get to a certain weight. Just because you see me eating doesn’t mean I’m cured, odds are afterwards I’m either hating myself, exercising obsessively, or bent over the toilet. But you’ll never see that. Just because someone is thin doesn’t automatically mean they have an eating disorder, that’s stupid. And no you don’t have to be ridiculously skinny to have an eating disorder. No, I don’t hate obese people, at all, I just hate myself. I’m not trying to hurt you or anyone else, this isn’t my choice, I don’t want to hurt anyone but myself. Don’t try to force me to eat, you’re only going to make things worse. Eating disorders aren’t funny, trivial, or stupid. Think before you speak, educate yourself before you accidentally make someone’s life worse than it already is.”—
Yes! I don’t understand the concept of “just eat.” It’s the same as telling someone who is suffering from depression to “just be happy” or telling someone with post traumatic stress syndrome to “relax.”
If you have ever thought of hurting yourself or that you’re life isn’t worth living, PLEASE hear me out:
you are LOVED. You are valuable. You are crafted with beauty and purpose. Your life in this world desperately matters.
People hate from their own hurt. There is no truth in the lie that you don’t matter. I treasure you and this world NEEDS you.
There is no one like you.
You don’t need to look like the rest, talk like the rest, or be like the rest.
This world needs YOU as you are. You were put here for a reason.
I know this is a “general” post but my heart is with each and every single one of YOU. I hope you will read these words and know I wish I could say them eye to eye. I believe them with all my heart. You matter to me. You matter to God. You matter in this world. You are beautiful because you are.
This is not just “I am pretty snowflake” propaganda… this is everything I believe to be true in my life, everything I have learned in my life from the beginning to now convicts me to believe with all my heart and mind that people are precious. We are here to love one another, to encourage one another, to be a mirror that reflects each other’s beauty in contrast to a world that so often skews reflections with lies of ugliness and hate.
You are loved. You were not an accident, you are not a mistake.