Van Gogh once wrote, “If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.” You can replace the word paint with any dream we might pursue. There will always be conflicting voices within us—those that whisper about the great dreams waiting to be realized and those that scream that we lack the talent or capacity to achieve them. Part of that process is deciding which voices will inform us.

neenpenguin:

It is so incredibly disheartening to hear another black woman your age say our “hair is ugly., our hair is nappy and ugly. White people hair is better”. I know it’s just internalized racism and brought on by eurocentric ideals of beauty but.. that shit hurt the soul, ya know?

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Eventually, you get bored. You itch for change. You need to move your feet. This is how human nature works; for even birds migrate in the winter and the waves of the sea never stop crashing. Nature moves, and so must we.

Be honest with yourself about what you want and what you’re capable of. Don’t try to go to med school solely because you want to have something impressive to say at family functions. Don’t settle for less just because your goals aren’t sitting right in front of you. There will always be people who seem to be setting the world on fire; there will be people who you look at and think to yourself, ‘Thank God that’s not my life’. None of those people matter. There is more than one path to success and there are no life paths that are more or less significant than another. Instead of worrying about where you will rank in regard to other people, make your decisions based on what will bring you happiness and fulfilment.

How many times have people used a pen or paintbrush because they couldn’t pull the trigger?

Woolf, Virginia. Selected Essays. (via wordsnquotes)

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Don’t you find it odd," she continued, "that when you’re a kid, everyone, all the world, encourages you to follow your dreams. But when you’re older, somehow they act offended if you even try.

Ethan Hawke, The Hottest State (via commovente)

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