I think you need to fall in love with the wrong person. I think you need to fight and cry and sweat and bleed and fail. I think you need to have bad relationships and bad breakups. I think you need all of that so that when the right person and the right relationship comes along you can sigh with relief and say, “Ah yes. That is how its supposed to feel.
— Excerpt from “Conversations with my Mother” (via a-lionsheart)
I’m learning it’s human nature to want the things you can’t have. What changes is how you go about pursuing the things you want. When you’re a little kid and you’re told no, you scream and throw a temper tantrum. When you’re a teenager and your parents tell you no, you’re old enough to internalize your temper tantrum. But you’re smarter and you’re sneakier this time around. So you nod and act like you care when they say no, when they tell you who you can be friends with, when they say they know what’s best. But then you go behind their backs to do it anyway. Because at some point, you need to start calling the shots. At some point, you have to start believing you know what’s best.
— Awaken (via dreamer-0f-improbable-dreams)
Just because you break up with someone, it doesn’t mean you’re free of him.
— Everyday by David Levithan (page 249; Rhiannon)
I crave space. It charges my batteries. It helps me breathe. Being around people can be so exhausting, because most of them love to take and barely know how to give. Except for a rare few.
— Katie Kacvinsky, First Comes Love (via larmoyante)