“So many people are shut up tight inside themselves like boxes, yet they would open up, unfolding quite wonderfully, if only you were interested in them.” —Sylvia Plath (via burningyouth)
I got myself into this mess, and I'm going to fight like hell to get myself out of it.
“Why do we care so much about being embarrassed that it keeps us from doing the things that we want or should do? So what if somebody thinks we look silly doing something or disagrees with the way we do things. Chances are sooner or later we’ll do something embarrassing whether we like it or not. Why let something that is virtually inevitable hold us back from being who we want to be? We only get one life to do the things we want to do. Would life really be so bad if we did all of the things we wanted to and got made fun of for it some of the time? Does it matter that we impress those who would judge us if they knew we were different? A funny thing happens when people stop trying to be like everybody else and lives by the beat of their own drum. People start to look up to them. Want to be like them. They call them visionaries, rebels, geniuses, and mavericks. Some say these people have something special. That they are a rare breed. But little do they know that inside of them. Something of equal beauty lives locked away because they are simply too embarrassed to let it out.” —Tumblrgym (via tumblrgym)
“Make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt. So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservation, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun. If you want to get more out of life, you must lose your inclination for monotonous security and adopt a helter-skelter style of life that will at first appear to you to be crazy. But once you become accustomed to such a life you will see its full meaning and its incredible beauty.” —Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild (via atramentum)