It is easier to love those who live far away. It is not always easy to love those who live right next to us. It is easier to offer a dish of rice to meet the hunger of a needy person than to comfort the loneliness and the anguish of someone in our own home who does not feel loved. - Mother Teresa
""Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery – celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: ‘It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to.’"- Jim Jarmusch"
There are very few people, no matter the age, who are good or graceful at working through conflict.
"If they respect you, respect them. If they disrespect you, still respect them. Do not allow the actions of others to decrease your good manners, because you represent yourself, not others."
#something to work on
Let’s not ignore the comments of men sexual harassing women on the street…hey beautiful. You’re sexy. What’s your name? Hmmm…I’d love to rape that ass…. Eyeing with lust as a women walks by. I might pretend I don’t see you and pretend you don’t exist. I’ve become so good at it most of the time I probably don’t see you checking me out. I’ve block it from my attention and chosen to focus on something else, even still my body tenses as I walk past groups of men. I’m not afraid of men; It’s I hate when they decide to say something stupid, inappropriate, and disrespectful and that I don’t know how to respond. Ignoring the comments has lead to me feeling as if I’m disrespecting myself by not speaking out. Years angry at men, not knowing the best way to combat the constant harassment. I hate it so much it’s affected my relationships with men, how I view them, how I think they view me, and how I interact with them. The times I do feel eyes lurking over or comments said as I walk past make me feel disgusting, a commodity only good for my body, and ugly inside/out. Makes me question the integrity of men as a whole. They might not have meant to have this result, but they did.
Its a constant reminded to use your voice - there is a reason why you have one. It’s time to let it go. Forgive the countless nameless, faceless men that have sexual harassed me. Use my voice, look them up and down while saying, “disgusting” Or tell them their comments disrespectful and you will report them for harassment. Then do. The police will probably not do anything, but report them anyways. Forgiving doesn’t mean staying quiet. Maybe he’s never heard a woman say, Stop. That’s disrespectful towards his actions. Baby steps to the other side of the mountain where women are no longer harassed, assaulted, or abused. One comment at time, one voice. It might not happen every time, but slowly building into the muscle memory to stand up for yourself change will come. It might be ignorant to think by saying something a movement might start. But there’s nothing to lose except anger.