"Introversion — along with its cousins sensitivity, seriousness, and shyness — is now a second- class personality trait, somewhere between a disappointment and a pathology. Introverts living under the Extrovert Ideal are like women in a man’s world, discounted because of a trait that goes to the core of who they are. Extroversion is an enormously appealing personality style, but we’ve turned it into an oppressive standard to which most of us feel we must conform."
- Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking (via misswallflower)
"You are not the heaviness
sitting inside of you.
You are not the battlefield
where the bodies fall,
and you are not the sound of cannons
breaking the sky open.
You are what happens after the war.

The surviving.

The healing.

The rebuilding."
- Y.Z, for the bad nights (via rustyvoices)

(via anditslove)