It takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who you really are.
"I used to think if I was vulnerable and told people my real story it would be the end of me. But I did it anyway...and what I've found out is that whenever I'm COURAGEOUS and let people see the real me - all of my messes, mistakes, errors, and imperfections - I find new beginnings bursting with empathy, not endings. I hear "me too" a lot more often - too. And it's easier for my heart to connect to another now that I don't have to spend all my time trying to hide or pretend I'm someone I'm not. I'm imperfectly worthy and committed to vulnerability."
"I don't go to therapy to find out if I'm a freak
I go and find the one and only answer every week
And when I talk about therapy, I know what people think
That it only makes you selfish and in love with your shrink
But, oh how I loved everybody else
When I finally got to talk so much about myself"
Dar Williams, What Do You Hear in These Sounds
"I have met brave women who are exploring the outer edge of human possibility, with no history to guide them, and with a courage to make themselves vulnerable that I find moving beyond words."
"There is a vitality, a life-force, energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is, nor how valuable, nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly to keep the channels open."
"Real beauty isn't about symmetry or weight or makeup; it's about looking life right in the face and seeing all its magnificence reflected in your own."
'No one can make you feel inferior without your consent"
"There's no journey of sincerity that a human being can take in life without having their heartbroken."
"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great."