The truth is what I make it. I could set this world on fire and call it rain.0
Avoiding risk is not much of a goal... whether you crawl into a hole or walk a high wire, nobody gets out of here alive. We cannot grow without challenge.Risk, Motivation0
The heartfelt realization of one's insignificance yields a calming sense of being completely connected to the greater whole. As a tiny part of the world and humanity, I now feel more at peace and much larger than I ever felt as a man alone.0
In addition to the little ecosystem developing around my raft, I am constantly surrounded by a display of natural wonders. The acrobatic dorados perform beneath ballets of fluffy white clouds. The clouds glide across the sky until they join at the horizon to form whirling, flaming sunsets that are slowly doused by nightfall. Then, as if the sun had suddenly crashed, thousands of glistening galaxies are flung out into deep black night. There is no bigger sky country than the sea. But I cannot enjoy the incredible beauty around me. It lies beyond my grasp, taunting me. Knowing it can be stolen from me at any time, by a Dorado or shark attack or by a deflating raft, I cannot relax and appreciate it. It is beauty surrounded by ugly fear. I write in my log that it is a view of heaven from a seat in hell.0
There is a magnificent intensity in life that comes when we are not in control but are only reacting, living, surviving.Life0
He loved libraries. Nowhere else in the world felt so safe and homey. Nowhere else smelled like books and dust and happy solitude quite like a library did.Books0
Because pieces of your heart clearly weigh more when they're sitting shattered at the bottom of your stomach.0
Bystanders who do nothing give bullies permission inadvertently to go on being bullies. Most are afraid they’ll lose friends or be bullied themselves if they help victims or report bullies, and some feel guilty for years afterward.Bullying0
My self-wroth is not linked to your cruel words and actions.
My self-esteem is not affected by your deliberate attempts to destroy my character.
You have no power over me.
You will not silence me.
It was because of the way you treated me that I learned to be my own person, have my own opinion, stand my ground. It’s at least partially because I survived you that I’m the person I am today.Bullying0
In order to find some solution to the bullying problem, we’ll have to be more tolerant of ambiguity, subtlety, and strangeness not just in other people but in ourselves. It may be important to your identity that you are a soccer player, but it may be equally important that you can whistle the national anthem backward and make the world’s best spicy popcorn and do a wicked impression of Victoria Beckham. Schools, parents, and educational endeavors should encourage people not just to empathize but to discover and celebrate the weirdness in others and in ourselves. We need not just to think but to live outside the box. Weirdness is good. It keeps things interesting.Craziness & Weirdness, Bullying0
Bullying is a horrible thing. It sticks with you forever. It poisons you. But only if you let it.Bullying0
The worst pain in the world goes beyond the physical. Even further beyond any other emotional pain one can feel. It is the betrayal of a friend.Verrat0
Because teachers, no matter how kind, no matter how friendly, are sadistic and evil to the core.Teachers0
It never gets easier, missing you. And sometimes I wonder if it ever will.Missing Someone0
The world is full of monsters with friendly faces.Appearance0
If citizens followed their leaders' example throughout history, the human race would have died out centuries ago.Revolution, History0
If stakes and garlic were the top two things that could kill a vampire, ninth grade gym was a close third.High School0
Vlad blinked at her. 'Morning, sulfuric acid.'
'Well, isn't it just kinda wrong to call a vampire 'sunshine'?'
'I drive well!'
'Says who your mom?'
'No actually, she won't even get in the car with me.'
A label doesn't make something so. A label is just a word. It's what a person does that makes them who they are.Character0
It was tough attempting to be social with people who'd rather pretend you didn't exist.0
Mmmmm. Warm chocolate chip cookies. Not even AB negative can compare.0
M for Maven, M for monster, M for murder.0