Last night my mom told me that I was too broke to afford an existential crisis. Today, I trembled as I looked my boss in the eye and told him I was good enough even though i’ve never learned how to mean that. I pushed and I pushed through the hours but sometimes a broken heart is just the most impossible thing to avoid. And no, It’s not that stupid boy who now lives in his cobble-stone studded new york daydream. I guess when everyone is on the subway doing the same thing you are, things are better. Honey, this is los angeles. Every minute you spend getting somewhere is alone, on a hauntingly slow highway surrounded by others trying hard to listen to npr but wishing they could just turn on KDay and shout IT’S JUST ME MYSELF AND I to a sea of people who won’t listen despite how nicely they fastened their ties that morning. Me, I always have coffee stains where the hem should be. And now, love is coffee and bagels and pink walls. Love is something I have to hide from the people who tell me to work and the people who tell me to work are the people i want desperately to love.
“I never thought about gender. I never felt oppressed because of my gender. When I’m writing a poem or drawing, I’m not a female; I’m an artist. But we’ve always had strong women: Grace Slick, Tina Turner, Yoko Ono, Debbie Harry, Sinéad O’Connor, Cat Power — she’s a bit fragile, but she’s tough. Those are all strong individuals. Christina Aguilera’s a little piece of dynamite. But I’m more concerned with the work people do than their gender. When I was younger, I was pretty judgmental. Things had to be a certain way. Now I just want to see the work. It doesn’t matter who does it.”
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“You exist…you matter. You have value. You have every right to wear your hoodie, to play your music as loud as you want. You have every right to be you. And no one should deter you from being you. You have to be you. And you can never be afraid of being you.”
Lucia McBath, mother of Jordan Davis (via soupsoup)