I guess some things are just bound to make you sad.
Like, the probably general sadnesses:
The way The Little Prince makes you sad.
Or the way The Fault In Our Stars makes you sad.
Or the way The Smiths makes you sad.
Or the way seeing old people die makes you sad.
I guess some are acquired sadnesses. Specific ones you can’t deny— some, you can’t really truly fathom why.
The way the blues, when heard on the radio, makes me sad, for some reason.
Or the way seeing anything HIMYM-related makes me sad.
Or the way Ariana Grande’s “Baby It’s Cold Outside” makes me sad.
Or the way stairwells make me sad.
I guess some things are just bound to make you sad.
Not depressed sad,
or emo sad,
not sad beyond repair.
A thin blanket draped over you— one you can breathe through, one that’s soft to the touch— that kind of sadness?
The kind that makes you feel like it’s okay to be sad, like it’s okay for it to creep, slowly, through every vessel and every pore of your body, because though you know it will engulf you, you trust that it will spit you out, right back to where you are now, right back to where you are contented and alright and laid-back.
It’s the kind that makes you feel… human—
human because you can remember not only the visual or the auditory, but because you remember an entire library of emotion— you can feel your memories— the unsuspecting you, a mere unseen point in comparison to the whole universe, has unlocked a wide spectrum of various emotion, all reconciled with your mind via the five senses— nostalgia— and, in turn, again, this gentle sadness lingers, for, as time moves on, you can feel but cannot relive, you can remember but cannot re-enact, you can be but cannot force everything else to be.
A sadness for emotions kept fresh in essence, but staled by change, by time.
It’s the kind of sadness that assures you
that no matter what it was that had or had not happened,
you can pull yourself back,
pull yourself back to where you are now,
at a better place,
a better time,
pull yourself right to this moment,
just in time for right now,
right now where all your thoughts and all your actions
are on the verge of being created and done,
right at this second,
at this second,
at this second—
just in time
to make everything
than they were before.
#ootd for a very close friend’s birthday this past weekend! :’D
Lana Parrilla @ the OUAT Season 4 premiere, L.A. 09.21.14
YOU DASHING, GORGEOUS PEOPLE, YOU! <3
I’d like to drown myself in that Poison Appletini plsss, thank you! [x]
Emma Watson Delivers Game-Changing Speech on Feminism for the U.N.
By: Joanna Robinson || Published: September 21, 2014
Earlier this summer, fresh from college graduation, Emma Watson, was named a U.N. Women Goodwill Ambassador. Though the ripples of her involvement over the past six months can be seen online (crashing the U.N. website, using Twitter to denounce a sexist politician in Turkey or respond to the gender politics of the recent celebrity nude photo hack), Watson’s power in person is an entirely different matter.
The actress gave an impassioned speech on feminism and gender at the U.N. Headquarters in New York this weekend to launch the “HeForShe” campaign which aims to galvanize one billion men and boys as advocates for ending the inequalities that women and girls face globally.I decided that I was a feminist. This seemed uncomplicated to me. But my recent research has shown me that feminism has become an unpopular word. Women are choosing not to identify as feminists. Apparently, [women’s expression is] seen as too strong, too aggressive, anti-men, unattractive.Why has the word become such an unpopular one? I think it is right I am paid the same as my male counterparts. I think it is right that I should make decisions about my own body. I think it is right that women be involved on my behalf in the policies and decisions that affect my life. I think it is right that socially, I am afforded the same respect as men.
Watson is pushing back against recent campaigns like Women Against Feminism. As Watson puts it elsewhere in her speech, these campaigns portray the feminist cause as “man-hating.” By involving both genders in the “HeForShe” campaign, Watson hopes to abolish the “us vs. them” mentality.
Watson is potentially in an even better position than many of her peers to do so. Her role as Hermione Granger, the universally-adored heroine of the Harry Potter series, gives her an automatic in with male and female Millenials. This is a rare case where an actor being conflated with their role might be a good thing. In this way, her wide-spread influence on young minds (still forming their opinions on gender roles and advocacy) is even stronger than other high-profile defenders of the f-word like Beyoncé.
Watson’s Harry Potter association also carries with it a disadvantage –– the fear she might not be taken seriously. She addresses this concern in her speech:You might think: who is this Harry Potter girl? What is she doing at the UN? I’ve been asking myself at the same thing. All I know is that I care about this problem and I want to make this better. And having seen what I’ve seen and given the chance, I feel my responsibility to say something. Edmund Burke said all that is need for the forces of evil to triumph is for good men and women to do nothing
That Harry Potter association will always follow Watson. Even U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon joked, “She’s been waving a magic wand. I hope you use your magic wand to end violence against women!” But with her serious approach to advocacy, it’s impossible to laugh off Watson’s message.
Good souls do this with fame.