We can spend our whole lives like this, wanting everyone to love us and being too afraid to push boundaries or buttons and write nice articles about nothing we know will get a million hits, or we can live how we want. We can write what we want, talk as loudly as we want, say what we think, dream of impossible things and not be afraid of being laughed at or scorned by a bunch of people who don’t really know us. We can keep living for everyone’s approval, striving always to keep our critics at bay, or we can be anything we want. The things we create in this world might not make sense to other people, but our lives aren’t theirs. Our choices aren’t theirs. Our families and our hearts aren’t theirs. | Nico Lang, “What We Can Learn from Awesomely Bad Movies”
When he asked me what I'd like to be remembered for, I thought it over for a few long seconds, knowing the entire time what I really wanted to say but scared of the reaction I might receive. Fearless. After I'm gone, I want people to remember me for being fearless. I held my breath and looked him in the eye, ready to admit that I have a long way to go—that I'm afraid of almost everything—so he couldn't point it out first. But he didn't. Maybe a little surprised, he smiled, but the words that followed were nothing short of encouraging. As if he believed that someday I would be.
|| quote via Courtney ||