“For me, the flag represents… the way it’s used in the US, and in other places around the world, “I am an American, and you are a Canadian, and you are Mexican, therefore, you can be treated differently than I can. If you live above that parallel line, you are Canadian, therefore you are different than me. I think that that is a fundamental problem with the way we see people. It can be the exact same person on one side of the border or on the other side, but you are treated differently, you have different rights, different expectations of what you can achieve. That is one aspect of what it represents…”—Pat Thetic (Anti-Flag)
Sometimes, for the sake of a friendship, it is actually best to just back down and apologise - even if you don’t believe you were in the wrong. When you look back on your life choices, trust me when I say that more often than not, you’d rather have conceded to end or lose a small fight; than have lost someone you cared about forever.
I don’t care how into Kurt Cobain you are - clashing patterns are never okay, and you should always wear clean clothes. It’s not about whether grunge is an alright fashion statement; it’s about self respect.
Cheers to the freakin’ weekend. You will never be as young as you are right this second, so please try to get out there and have some amazing life experiences while you can.
It’s actually okay to like things that your friends don’t like. If you have a true connection with someone they’re not going to care if you really don’t enjoy the band everyone else is going crazy for; they’ll like you for your personality, not your tastes!
With a few exceptions (rare vintage finds and homebrand candy) it is generally agreed that cheap does not equal good, and good quality does not come cheap. Please think about this in relation to tattoos, pens, and more importantly - the way one carries and perceives oneself.
As long as you’re not murdering people and raping goats, the only morals that should be worth a damn are your own. If you feel okay with doing something, that’s a general indicator that you should do it, even if you feel you may be judged. If you don’t feel okay with it, never let someone else talk you into changing your mind; you feel the way you feel for a reason. Trust yourself.
Those popular, gorgeous, vapid bitches from your high school? They’re going nowhere fast unless they change their attitudes and learn to suck it up in the real world. Trust me, cliques and your rank in them mean less than nothing the second you walk out of those doors.
You are so fucking special. Go to a mirror and tell yourself that right now. Look yourself in the eye and make yourself believe it; no-one else on this planet is capable of leaving the imprint you will leave. Isn’t that awesome? Yes. Yes it is.
Life’s not about fitting in - but it’s also not about dedicating yourself to being the most out there, the most alternative, the most outspoken and the one that gets the most attention. Trying to push yourself too hard in the opposite direction makes your own sparkle fade even more so than if you were to stand in line with everyone else. Being yourself sounds so simple, but it’s something that comes with time and self reflection; realise the importance of both.
Don’t blindly believe simply because you are told. Research for yourself and then decide.
Life is made of fleeting moments, short-lived beauty that was never meant to stand the test of time, missed trains and opportunities, nights you may not remember and split seconds that change everything. Embrace these. Stop trying to create forever, for we ourselves will never be immortal and to…