“I appreciate and applaud the personal strength of individuals who decide abstinence is the best choice for them. But what I can’t support is the constant attacks on sexually active people. People who have sex do not feel a constant need to tell abstinent that their human dignity has been compromised, or that they’re dirty, or that they are secretly unhappy, or that they’re headed for total life ruin.” —Jill Filipovic, blogger on Feministe (via atouchofdestiny)
To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.
“I have noticed that daily we meet moments that steal our self esteem. They are inevitable. Pick up any magazine; you see people look healthier, skinnier, or better dressed than you are. Look around. There is always someone who seems smarter, another more self-assured, still another more talented. In fact, each day we are reminded that we lack certain talents, that we make mistakes, that we do not excel in all things. And amidst all this, it is easy to believe that we do not quite measure up in the great scheme of things, but are inferior in some secret way. If you base your self-esteem, your feeling of self-worth, on anything outside the quality of your heart, your mind, or your soul, you have based it on a very shaky footing. So you and I are not perfect in form or physical figure. So you and I are not the richest, the wisest, the wittiest. So what?” —“On Feeling Inferior” Paul H. Dunn (via ahlizahbeth)
“Don’t let other people bring you down. Don’t let their stupidity get to you. Don’t get depressed over people. Because if they make you feel like shit, they aren’t worth it. Just be yourself. Look at yourself in the mirror and realize you are stunning, and beautiful. You are your own person. You are your own brand of beauty. Realize that you can make it through whatever is hurting you right now. Realize that you can be happy again. Realize you don’t deserve the pain, and the hurt. You are strong. You are beautiful. You are you.” —Emma; thedownfallofsunshine.tumblr.com (via shutupyourebeautiful)