Truly, Dee

Dee.24.god-fearing. rwanda born. tennessee bred. formerly depressed. gaining courage and wisdom day by day. i love: biographies, geography, polsci, int'l relations, JESUS, languages, learning about EVERYTHING & EVERYONE. twitter: @damahoro
~ Wednesday, July 30 ~

Anonymous said: Please crash this pity party. I turn 25 in 3 months. Freaking out. Nowhere near where I want to be in life and don't even wanna celebrate cause I feel ashamed to to draw attention to my age when it also flags how little I've accomplished.


You’re not freaking out, you’re being a coward. 

You’re not where you want to be in life? Then do something about it. Celebrate the fact that you have a chance to, that you have passions and dreams, and that you have an Internet connection and education. 

You know who else isn’t where they want to be in life? Everyone. 

I have days I am grateful. Days when my bike and my cat and my friends and my family and my man and my apartment are all I could ever need. But I have days when sunshine feels like an interrogation lamp and the pressure to be something better feels like it’s melting your skin off. The higher you climb, the smaller a foot feels. So you pick up the pace, you find new mountains, you find new challenges.

But your birthday isn’t a challenge. Turning 25 isn’t a challenge. Turning 25 is a gift and you’re looking it in the mouth. You know what accomplishments take? Time, effort, ambition, and ugly, sloppy failures. They’re not built on pity and what-could-have-been’s, they are built on the sheer will to become the person you want to be, they are built on overcoming adversity and setbacks. They are built on rejected submissions and failed concepts, on rough drafts and countless revisions, they are built on early mornings and late nights. They are not built on arbitrary birthdays.

Maybe I’m being mean. Maybe it’s because I wish someone had been meaner to me. Maybe it’s because a hug and a pat on the head won’t get you anywhere. Maybe because telling you to relax is just telling you to give up. Maybe because the only one who can get you somewhere is you. Maybe because the audacious idea that you should be somewhere by 25 speaks more to your ego than your abilities, and that if you’re going to make such claims, you need to go out and prove you were right to make them in the first place.

Maybe it’s because I’m not where I want to be either, and on a Friday when the skies are ripping apart, when you can smell spring on the horizon, when life looks like it might start over, we all need someone to tell us to get out of bed and do something with our lives. 

Go ahead and write the invitation to your birthday party: 

Dear Friends, 

Thus far I have accomplished none of the things I have wanted in life. Please, come celebrate as we put to bed my shame and self-disappointment and instead, begin to hold me accountable, for in this great 25th year, I am going to ambitiously pursue the following:

And then list everything you ever expected of yourself. Because the first thing you need to learn on the road to accomplishing your dreams is that you can’t be afraid to make a fool of yourself in the process.

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Pursuing God is about realizing more and more that He has been pursuing you all along, and slowly waking to this reality. It’s knowing that every ounce of effort you’ve made towards Him has been His wooing grace, beckoning you ever closer.
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Do not pass up on joy because you think you owe something to misery.
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In the end, only three things matter:
how much you loved, how gently you lived,
and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.
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God restores the broken.

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because we were never broken in his sight. The covenant we had with Him was broken. If i break a glass, it may cut me or even consequently kill me, but it can’t break my soul, my humanity, or my existence.

I used to believe I was broken. I greatly comforted knowing that God would fix me up patch me back together. And I believed then that I would never be the whole that I originally was. I believed that there was a defect there to begin with that eventually led to my brokenness. You bet I was comforted. “Then” is such a relative term; My “way back then” was probably 4.273 hours ago.

But in God’s sight, am I really broken? Am I really evil? Am I really good? Or am I just his child? A child that has UNCONDITIONAL EVERLASTING LOVE (unconditional: without limits or boundaries.  everlasting: eternal. love: AGAPE).  I will never comprehend that with my earthly human minds. My longing to understand it feel it beyond a doubt draws me to the foot of the cross.

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“To say a person is a happy person or an unhappy person is ridiculous. We are a thousand different kinds of people every hour.”― Anthony Doerr, Memory Wall


“To say a person is a happy person or an unhappy person is ridiculous. We are a thousand different kinds of people every hour.”
― Anthony Doerr, Memory Wall

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That’s the way this city lives now — one funeral to another, hiding from bombs and collecting the dead.

Sergey Ponomarev, freelance photographer covering Gaza, in an interview with the New York Times. Photographing on the Ground in Gaza.

Read through to see Sergey’s recent photos from Gaza.

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Powerful imagery.

Powerful imagery.


Cory Arcangel’s new book is just tweets of people saying they’re working on their novel. This is simultaneously amazing and also forming a deep pit of despair in my gut.


Cory Arcangel’s new book is just tweets of people saying they’re working on their novel. This is simultaneously amazing and also forming a deep pit of despair in my gut.

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~ Tuesday, July 29 ~
The fact that you’re struggling doesn’t make you a burden. It doesn’t make you unloveable or undesirable or undeserving of care. It doesn’t make you too much or too sensitive or too needy. It makes you human. Everyone struggles. Everyone has a difficult time coping, and at times, we all fall apart. During these times, we aren’t always easy to be around — and that’s okay. No one is easy to be around one hundred percent of the time. Yes, you may sometimes be unpleasant or difficult. And yes, you may sometimes do or say things that make the people around you feel helpless or sad. But those things aren’t all of who you are and they certainly don’t discount your worth as a human being. The truth is that you can be struggling and still be loved. You can be difficult and still be cared for. You can be less than perfect, and still be deserving of compassion and kindness.

Daniell Koepke 

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