“You know when you’re drowning, you don’t actually inhale until right before you black out. It’s called voluntary apnea. It’s like no matter how much you’re freaking out, the instinct to not let any water in is so strong that you won’t open your mouth until you feel like your head’s exploding. Then when you finally do let it in, that’s when it stops hurting. It’s not scary anymore, it’s… it’s actually kind of peaceful.”
Listen. This is just a dream. Very clever people can hear dreams, so please, just listen. I know you’re afraid, but being afraid is alright, because didn’t anyone ever tell you fear is a super power. Fear can make you faster, and cleverer and stronger and one day, you’re going to come back to this barn and on that day, you’re going to be very afraid indeed. But that’s OK, because if you’re very wise and very strong, fear doesn’t have to make you cruel or cowardly. Fear can make you kind.
s h i v e r | because you’re human and sometimes it’s okay to sit in your vulnerability and allow yourself to be sad [listen]
"Life is wonderful, but it’s also messy, painful and sometimes just p l a i n h a r d .”
(GREEK MYTHOLOGY series):
The Charites (or The Graces) were three happy Goddesses of Beauty. They were named: Aglaia, Euphrosyne and Thalia. They were the first ones to welcome Aphrodite when she was blown to shore by the East Wind. The three of them rode in a chariot pulled by white geese. Their name in Greek would have been the Charites. They were the daughters of Zeus and Eurynome. Originally (as in pre-classical mythology), they were goddesses of fertility and nature and were much more closely associated with the underworld and the Eleusinian mysteries. (x)
If you claim to be a feminist and you shame girls for wanting to do traditional things like take their husband’s last name or be a house wife then you are doing it all completely wrong.
Feminism isn’t an elite group who defeats gender norms, it’s a group who accepts ALL women’s choices.
Wonderingly, I lift my long, flowing sleeves into the air, and that’s when I see myself on the television screen. Clothed in black except for the white patches on my sleeves. Or should I say my wings. Because Cinna has turned me into a mockingjay.
Maidens of Myth Series : Atalanta, The Huntress
Born an Arcadian (in some accounts Boeotian) princess to the King Iasus, Atalanta was abandoned at her birth atop a mountain, as her father had long desired a son. It has been said that a she-bear had taken Atalanta in her care, raising and suckling the young girl from her youth. Growing up in the wilderness, Atalanta was able to hone her abilities as a huntress and skilled warrior and eventually took an oath of virginity to the goddess Artemis. Atalanta is most famously known as the heroine of the tale of the wild boar. When deprived of sacrificial offerings, Artemis unleashed the boar into the town of Calydonia and ravaged the city and its people with death and famine. Not long after a hunt was formed of famed heroes who were intent on bringing about the end of the boar. Atalanta was the one who dealt the killing blow to the boar and would be celebrated throughout the region for her bravery in the slaying of the beast.
Eventually reunited with her father, Atalanta came to realize that her father desperately wanted her to settle down with a husband. She agreed to one condition - that her husband be her equal in strength, speed, and intelligence. All the suitors failed to win against her speed in the footraces save one man named Hippomenes who advised the help of the goddess Aphrodite. By using golden apples to lure away Atalanta whenever she would gain an upper hand in the footraces, Hippomenes was cleverly able to trick the huntress. By this manner, Hippomenes was able to win the race and Atalanta’s hand in marriage. She would later bear his son named Parthenopeus. However, the pair would be turned into lions as a result of disrespect towards Zeus. As the belief at the time was that lions couldn’t mate within their own species, Hippomenes and Atalanta would never be able to remain together.
Real people don’t boil down to types as easily as television wants them to, and Britta’s got two halves. One of those halves is a cocksure, liberal kinda girl who’s sure that she can understand the world if she just tries hard enough and is compassionate enough. But the other half of that girl is a rather bitter girl who’s seen too much of her life slip by her and has turned a lot of anger inwards. She’s a prickly character, very smart and very compassionate but also not able to cut most people any slack. In her own way, she’s the most developed character on the show. She may not be the most easily lovable, but I feel like she’s shaping up to be something really new and special. - Todd VanDerWerff