"Be a loner. That gives you time to wonder. To search for the truth."
- Albert Einstein (via thatkindofwoman)
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Solitude is one of the most underappreciated acts of our century.
You have been led to believe that you will find solace in other people, in love, in sex, in family, in work, everything but the connection you have with yourself.
Aloneness is a gift. A beautiful gift to the human soul.
"You need sadness. Sometimes you need to die a little inside in order to rise from your own ashes. It can be a reminder, a re-inforcement of something you forgot, since happiness is a distraction. I don’t believe in being happy all of the time. That is unnatural. Sadness is important. It can be artistic, poetic. It can drive you."
"Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation."
- Oscar Wilde (via purplebuddhaproject)
"Great people do things before they’re ready. They do things before they know they can do them. Doing what you’re afraid of, getting out of your comfort zone, taking risks like that - that’s what life is."
- Amy Poehler (via heyfranhey)
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"You don’t know anyone at the party, so you don’t want to go. You don’t like cottage cheese, so you haven’t eaten it in years. This is your choice, of course, but don’t kid yourself: it’s also the flinch. Your personality is not set in stone. You may think a morning coffee is the most enjoyable thing in the world, but it’s really just a habit. Thirty days without it, and you would be fine. You think you have a soul mate, but in fact you could have had any number of spouses. You would have evolved differently, but been just as happy.
You can change what you want about yourself at any time. You see yourself as someone who can’t write or play an instrument, who gives in to temptation or makes bad decisions, but that’s really not you. It’s not ingrained. It’s not your personality. Your personality is something else, something deeper than just preferences, and these details on the surface, you can change anytime you like.
If it is useful to do so, you must abandon your identity and start again. Sometimes, it’s the only way.
Set fire to your old self. It’s not needed here. It’s too busy shopping, gossiping about others, and watching days go by and asking why you haven’t gotten as far as you’d like. This old self will die and be forgotten by all but family, and replaced by someone who makes a difference.
Your new self is not like that. Your new self is the Great Chicago Fire—overwhelming, overpowering, and destroying everything that isn’t necessary."
- Julien Smith, The Flinch (via creatingaquietmind)
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"You realize you are not alone, right? No one in their twenties has life figured out. It’s okay to be a mess. You’re living."
- michaelassbendr (via thatkindofwoman)
(Source: betterfailings, via thatkindofwoman)