We are not naïve, we know that our country is facing crises on many levels, but we also know that in order to stand together to overcome these obstacles we must not only believe but prove that the good outweighs the bad, that our strength outweighs our weakness, and that love outweighs hate.
Your letter is not about your ex being a d*ck. If he were a d*ck, you would have stopped thinking about him by now. But you are thinking about him. Almost a year later, and you're reaching out to me, too. You said you shouldn't be thinking about him though. Has someone told you that? Often our friends do.
“When people feel stuck, they often withdraw. They pull back into their own closed-off space, both emotionally and physically
Are you going to be on the edge of your life (quietly reassuring yourself that it's ok here and that those jumpers are crazy anyway) or are you going to be the one that jumps straight into life, in spite of its uncertainty?
I sometimes think that bravery doesn't exist. Bravery is a characteristic that is ascribed to others when they do something that we think we wouldn't be able to do. It's what we say about people who are able to face difficulty and pain without fear. The definition of brave is acting without fear.
I clearly remember the morning I woke up in the hospital and realized nine of my fingertips were going to be amputated. It was a few days after I'd been told my leg would be amputated and I was still emotionally raw from that news.
When you start to say something well-meaning or congratulatory to a person with disabilities, something like "you're so brave" or "I'm so inspired by your determination," stop. Think about it. Would you say something like that to a non-disabled person?
I decided the first step in my relationship with shame was to do again what I was afraid of earlier. Go back out into the world and read my book with the cover that makes me feel vulnerable and if somebody asks what I am reading, share and connect. A combination that is rare today.
Not content to subject themselves to the Nazi's rules, Elizabeta and her comrades devised secret plans to keep the German