Sunshine is a friend of mine
◤ the first anniversary ◢
Growing up, I’d never been considered pretty. Well, that’s not completely true. My friends, my family, my parents’ friends? They told me I was attractive, but there was one group I couldn’t get to accept me: boys my age. I spent my adolescent years scouring through a hundred and one quizzes and lists and magazines with big bold print, practically screaming, “DOES HE LIKE YOU?” or “WHY YOU’RE STILL SINGLE.” By the time I was 20, I kind of shrugged it off as fact. I was undesirable. There were worse things one could be.
July of 2013, I boarded a plane to Chile expecting to improve my Spanish and maybe see some cool places for the next five months, but everything I knew about myself was drastically altered.
I don’t like to describe how we met because it sounds too good to be true, too glorified. He was tall. He was handsome. He was an architect. The first time we talked, I quipped, “Are you serious? I thought those only existed in romantic comedies.” I had never been desired before, and I liked it, but as I quickly learned, it didn’t mean I was valued.
White Northern Lights in Finland
Trunks and chests as tables and nightstands that double as storage? YES.
quick summary: willy wonka and the chocolate factory
i hate being poor
were going to the fun factory
hello naughty children its murder time
Nude Portraits series by photographer Trevor Christensen
I went to school with Trevor and a lot of my friends know him. I’ve always loved his work, but I love the new level of spunk he’s added to his personal projects.
Do not mock a pain that you haven’t endured.
Latest Time Magazine cover, “The Tragedy of Ferguson.”
Everyone I know is getting married or getting famous, and my biggest accomplishment of the day has been making a sandwich.
I have been astonished by hearing individuals who inherited wealth in childhood warn against sharing resources because people needing help should work for money in order to appreciate its value. Inherited wealth and/or substantial material resources are rarely talked about in the mass media because those who receive it do not wish to validate the idea that money received that is not a reward for hard work is beneficial. Their acceptance and use of this money to strengthen their economic self-sufficiency exposes the reality that working hard is rarely the means by which enough of us can gain enough access to material resources to become wealthy. One of the ironies of the culture of greed is that the people who profit the most from earnings they have not worked to attain are the most eager to insist that the poor and working classes can only value material resources attained through hard work. Of course, they are merely establishing a belief system that protects their class interests and lessens their accountability to those who are without privilege.
New Orleans, LA
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