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The Point Of Pain
It is a universal truth: something only runs when it is being chased. A gazelle from a lion. A minute from a second. A criminal from a cop. We run because we fear danger. We run because we believe if we stay in one spot, pain will ensue. We don’t …
This Is Your Reminder That Quarantine Is Not A Competition
We are collectively living through a massive shift that is flooded with severe lows but also significant highs. There are an immense amount of lessons being delivered to us from the Universe that I believe we are all still trying to process and hopefully hone into. And as difficult as …
The Time I Fell In Love Through A Shared Spotify Playlist
I’ve been sending songs for six months now. Beginning at the very end of October that year, the world fell apart. Lengthy letters in the form of artists through the ages. Well, in the form of a shared Spotify playlist, actually. Very modern love of me. In the essence of …
It’s Time To Come Back To The Present
Living purely in the present is much easier said than done, and like many other things, it takes implementation. We may feel that we are giving our full attention to this very moment, but if we dig deeper, how many feelings from the past, such as triggers, guilt, regret, disappointment …
When You Say ‘I Love You’ But Don’t Hear It Back
I was in the car with someone I once loved. On a drive home from picking up lunch, there was silence I interrupted with a kind observation. Just a few words pertaining to their presence in my life and the amount I cherished it. I remember thinking: these are the …
17th March 2021 • Thought Catalog
17th March 2021 • Thought Catalog
A Love Letter To Anyone Wanting To Break Free From Societal Expectations
There are moments when I am envisioning my future and it feels like everything I’m manifesting is so in reach. Like it’s all waiting for me right at the ends of my fingertips. And then there are moments where I feel like I have no idea where to even begin. …
An Honest Letter About The Beauty Industry From A Woman In Her Twenties
I’m a 29-year-old woman, and for more days than I’d like to admit, I’ve found myself drowning in the relentless, existential pressure to perfect my exterior from head to toe. I can only speak to my experience, without judging someone else’s, while hoping to connect with anyone that can relate.
7 Uncomfortable Signs You’ve Become Someone Worth Looking Up To
You begin to feel responsible for others’ success.
8th January 2021 • Thought Catalog
8th January 2021 • Thought Catalog
Sometimes You Have To Lose Yourself To Find Yourself
I used to think being lost was the worst thing—stumbling around with no real sense of direction, forcing one foot in front of another without a clear destination in sight. We strive for a sense of belonging, a place that’s inclusive to only us. What’s important to realize isn’t the …
How Music Can Heal The Parts Of You That You Didn’t Even Know Were Broken
Most of us have had those moments when life feels like an ocean rushing at you full force, ready to drown you. Then comes the feeling of being overwhelmed and trying to say afloat. When this happens to me, I put my headphones in and the water stops. What was …
Internalized Homophobia Made Me Forget My First Love
When I was 14, I met this girl. I fell for her hard and fast. My love for her was intense, far more than anything I’d ever experienced before. But she was a girl, and so was I. So, when it came down to it, I couldn’t go through with …
A Letter To My Future Best Friend
Where have you been all my life? I’ve longed for someone to get me. I’ve longed for a meaningful connection that never breaks. You are the someone that fills my emptiness. And for once, it’s not one-sided. We hold hands and balance together bit by bit, supporting each other as …
Next Time You’re Mourning The End Of A Friendship, Remember This
At some point, lost friendships stop feeling like a personal thing. You stop wondering why you feel empty or parched in certain company, and you accept these revelations as a life thing, a God thing. You give Him the permission to evolve your environment so it matches your higher self, …
What I Want To Teach My Baby Niece About Heartbreak
She wriggled in my arms, the newest, pinkest member of our family. Just over 30 days old.
I Watch You And I Wonder
I watch you from afar because that’s the only thing that could possibly count as healthy at this point.
5 Television Shows That Normalized Fatphobia In Comedy
For some reason, television writers are still writing aggressively offensive fatphobic narratives for television. I’m talking about the “skinny makes you happy, and not skinny makes you sad” storyline we often see on-screen today. We have seen this narrative played out time and time again with the goal of laughter. …
8 Uncomfortable Things You Should Be Talking About With Your Friends
1. Race because it’s long overdue and completely insane to ignore any longer.
An Introvert’s Guide To Professional Networking
If you’re an introvert like me, there are some ways to make networking a little less daunting. Check out my go-to tips and tricks in this article.
A Reminder For Those Dealing With Criticism
You don’t like me? It’s alright, friendships come and go. I’ve learned to stop begging people to stay in my life. I’ve learned that you cannot convince others to love who you are. I’ve learned that forced relationships are like time bombs, which explode, creating trust-issues and tainting good souls. …
Why ‘After Life’ Is One Of The Most Important Shows You Can Watch During This Pandemic
To our collective benefit, Ricky Gervais was able to grace our Netflix screens as Tony, the nice guy turned angry guy for a second season of After Life. With the perfect balance of dark humor, this show connects people through the difficulty behind grief. We follow Tony as he remains …
This Is Why Representation Is So Important
There is a quote by Whoopi Goldberg underlying the importance of representation. After seeing Nichelle Nichols play Lieutenant Uhura in Star Trek, Goldberg said, “When I was nine years old, Star Trek came on, I looked at it and I went screaming through the house, ‘Come here, mum, everybody come …
You Deserve More Than A Love Triangle
A girl decided she was tired of trying too hard for those who would end up breaking her heart. The girl was tired of being stuck with the same toxic thoughts. Will the other steal him today? Will the other seduce him this time? Will the guy change his mind …
So you think you know world history? I guess it’s time to find out! Put your wits to the test with these world history questions to see how much you really know about the world around you.