"Leaving is not enough. You must stay gone. Train your heart like a dog. Change the locks even on the house he’s never visited. You lucky, lucky girl. You have an apartment just your size. A bathtub full of tea. A heart the size of Arizona, but not nearly so arid. Don’t wish away your cracked past, your crooked toes, your problems are papier mache puppets you made or bought because the vendor at the market was so compelling you just had to have them. You had to have him. And you did. And now you pull down the bridge between your houses, you make him call before he visits, you take a lover for granted, you take a lover who looks at you like maybe you are magic. Make the first bottle you consume in this place a relic. Place it on whatever altar you fashion with a knife and five cranberries. Don’t lose too much weight. Stupid girls are always trying to disappear as revenge. And you are not stupid. You loved a man with more hands than a parade of beggars, and here you stand. Heart like a four-poster bed. Heart like a canvas. Heart leaking something so strong they can smell it in the street."
— Frida Kahlo (via thatkindofwoman)
(Source: allmymetaphors, via thatkindofwoman)
"Travel. As much as you can. As far as you can. As long as you can. Life’s not meant to be lived in one place."
— Gentlemen’s Wisdom (via lifestyleoftheunemployed)
"You are like night, calmed, constellated.
Your silence is star-like, as distant, as true."
— Pablo Neruda, “XV,” from Twenty Poems of Love, adapted (via seulray)
(Source: violentwavesofemotion, via petite-ben)
“Let someone love you just the way you are – as flawed as you might be, as unattractive as you sometimes feel, and as unaccomplished as you think you are. To believe that you must hide all the parts of you that are broken, out of fear that someone else is incapable of loving what is less than perfect, is to believe that sunlight is incapable of entering a broken window and illuminating a dark room.”
— Marc Hack
(Source: rabbitinthemoon, via modernhepburn)
if you’re twenty-two, physically fit, hungry to learn and be better,
i urge you to travel—as far and as widely as possible.
sleep on floors if you have to.
find out how other people live and eat and cook.
learn from them—wherever you go…
which is to say: if you’re lucky enough to be able to do the above, do not fuck up.
— anthony bourdain