Second place is as good as last.


If you could only say one thing to one person, living or dead, past or present, real or imaginary, what would it be? What would you say, if that was the last thing you could ever do? (To clarify, silence is an option too)

Asked by Anonymous


To my 16 year old self,

Punk, here’s a spoiler: your life will get even harder from here. But because you’re one tough cookie blessed with a heart of gold, you’ll always make it out alive.

You will lose sight of yourself in the years to come and you will forget the things that were once important to you. Take heart because this I promise: one day you’ll recognize yourself in the mirror again and the feeling of belonging will be unmistakable.

You will also wage a long war with yourself, pounding it into your sick idea of perfection. And oh boy, you will lose your sanity. You will wake up in the morning asphyxiated from your nightmares and you’ll go to bed choked on salty tears. This will not be over quickly. But remember while you were feeling alone and desolate, your loved ones notice your suffering. It hurts them. As you quiver in your soft vulnerability, they will envelope you in their compassion and love. For once you’ll think, “It wasn’t worth it.” That will mark another long journey of self-discovery.

One more thing, quit worrying about not being able to make it to University. You will make your first choice and when you accept the offer, you will marvel at the way your life naturally blooms for you.

Fight the right things in life, kid.

Your 20 year old self

Remember the clear light, the pure clear white light from which everything in the universe comes, to which everything in the universe returns; the original nature of your own mind. The natural state of the universe unmanifest. Let go into the clear light, trust it, merge with it. It is your own true nature, it is home.

—    Tibetan Book Of The Dead(via theinfinitesparkofbeing)

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