My relationship to Pep is very similar to a marriage. It contains components that should be there in a marriage. You do not always need to have the same opinions. Trust is important. And we trust each other and therefore we can rely on each other.
Girls are trained to say, ‘I wrote this, but it’s probably really stupid.’ Well, no, you wouldn’t write a novel if you thought it was really stupid. Men are much more comfortable going, ‘I wrote this book because I have a unique perspective that the world needs to hear.’ Girls are taught from the age of seven that if you get a compliment, you don’t go, ‘Thank you’, you go, ‘No, you’re insane.’
Lena Dunham, in an interview with The Guardian
My only relief is to sleep. When I’m sleeping, I’m not sad, I’m not angry, I’m not lonely, I’m nothing.
When women scream you wonder what’s wrong with them. When men yell you get afraid about what they’re going to do.
A girl in my creative writing class said this in response to a story we read about witnessing intimate partner violence and it really fucked with my head because I’ve never, ever, ever, thought of it that way. (via firelorddahlia
But the weird thing about depression is that it tends to further isolate you from people, thereby making it ever-harder for anyone to bridge the gap and really hear you in the way you need to be heard. So it becomes progressively more difficult to feel that you aren’t alone with your pain, which can make the despair feel permanent and unsolvable.
This is the most insidious thing about depression, I think: It makes itself more powerful by dragging you away from the world outside of yourself.
John Green about his character Alaska Young (Looking for Alaska)
No - it does not get better. We cope better some days, others not so. I’m fed up of people telling me it does, or that I just need to think positive (I try, I really do#, or just reach out to people #like all those people are reaching out to me?# It’s true - we need to adapt, to be able to find a way through the dark haze, to struggle to find a point to living, and to keep on battling each day #sometimes each hour) at a time. When people point out simple statements like ‘think happy’ - I try to make them aware that sometimes just getting out of bed and not wanting to run your motorbike off into a telegraph pole are the kind of battles I face…
Technology used to complicate things, and now it’s simplifying. I’ve gone up, like, nine points in being a businesswoman because I’ve got a little organizer, and I can write songs and arrange things. You just need the machine, and you can put out records. So record companies, you won’t need them, and you won’t need media because of Internet.
All the things that could send you to hell—I realize now that they are the things that make us human. Imagine. Going to hell for being human. So you had to be something better than human, a perfect subspecies. I carry remnants of these feelings today. As if we don’t have enough guilt to deal with in motherhood and trying to do it all. It’s okay to be human, I say to myself a lot. It’s okay to be human. If you need to know this, I’m your girl.