I want to inspire. I want to change. I want to embrace. I want to make. I want to explore. I want to love. I want to cry. I want to feel. I want to experience. I want to heal. I want to hope. I want to see.
I want to leave a mark.
“For almost 18 years you’re taught to sit down, shut up, and raise your hand. Then you have to decide what you’re going to do for the rest of your life.”
Lavon Curtis (via cavum)
the one thing that has stuck with me every day since my English teacher told me it in middle school is:
"When referring to someone, always say who they are before anything else about them, because being a person always comes first"
Instead of saying “the mentally ill man,” say “the man with a mental illness”
Putting someone’s characteristics (especially negative ones) before them is dehumanizing and rude. Don’t do it.