Kill the idea that naivety is an unforgivable flaw but cynicism is just wisdom, murder it, chop it up and serve it for dinner, I don’t care, just end this bullshit idea that it’s better to hate than to love and better to rot in miserable bitter resignation than to hope for the best.
"When I was a student at Cambridge I remember an anthropology professor holding up a picture of a bone with 28 incisions carved in it. “This is often considered to be man’s first attempt at a calendar” she explained. She paused as we dutifully wrote this down. ‘My question to you is this – what man needs to mark 28 days? I would suggest to you that this is woman’s first attempt at a calendar.’ It was a moment that changed my life. In that second I stopped to question almost everything I had been taught about the past. How often had I overlooked women’s contributions?"
westerners are obsessed with the idea of happiness as if it’s a constant state of being. happiness comes in moments. you dont “achieve” happiness. you experience it along with every other emotion on the spectrum. if you spend your life chasing this constructed idea of happiness you will never even be remotely content. work on being whole and feeling everything while increasing the happy moments. stop trying to be a “happy person.” just be a person.
"Are you scared? Or are you not ready? There is a difference."
you are a manifestation of everyone you have ever known and what they have taught you. paradoxically, this is what makes you who you are - you are a unique human being. no one has, and will ever be, exactly like you. you are the first and only you in all of human history, and that is special.
people may not learn about you for centuries to come, and your memory may fade in the years after your passing - but that doesn’t make your existence any less real. what matters is what you make of your own life, not the mark you leave.
there is no point striving for anything but your own happiness. you are the only you. never forget that."