Thought Catalog

7 Things I’ve Learned In Our Short Time Together

Posted: 21 Feb 2016 08:00 PM PST

Nirrimi Firebrace
Nirrimi Firebrace

Look, we've been seeing one another for a few months now, perhaps too soon to have have figured it all out, but certainly long enough to have learned a thing or two about our vibe and energy and whether or not our future holds promise. So I wanted to take some time to write you. To let you know how I feel about you, how I feel around you, and what I see for us in the years ahead. I have always believed that it's important to be upfront and honest about your intentions, particularly in new relationships where misunderstandings are prevalent and far more destructive, and you are the very last person in the world I would want to hurt or leave in the dark, so, without further delay, here are a couple of things I wanted you to know.

1. Since you, I've found I no longer dwell on the past or feel any resentment toward it at all. In fact, I am grateful for every rejection, heartbreak and betrayal for the part they all played in leading me here. I am grateful to every cheat, travesty, liar and fool in my past for the joy and the privilege that is belonging to you. Loving you has liberated me of loathing and pettiness and I find myself free, for the very first time in my life, to be completely and spectacularly present.

2. Should I ever lose you, more than anything else, it will be the quality of our conversations I will miss the most. Their genius, their wildness and all of the weird and wonderful worlds they lead us to. The way we speak of anything and everything, from long dead stars to the meanings of dreams, to the foreign cities we long to visit, and discuss at length our innermost secrets and all of our anxieties and aspirations, always leaves me feeling replenished and ready to face another day. I could talk on and on with you forever, and I'm not sure I'll ever find someone else who can challenge and captivate me the way you do.

3. I know you're not supposed to look to other people to save you, but whenever I am around you, the world becomes simple. My moods lift and the skies shift from smoke and smog to the softest blue. I know I'm meant to save myself, but the fact is, with you, I don't have to.

4. From morning to midday to afternoon to nightfall, I never grow weary of wanting you. Always, and often at the most unsuspecting of times, I am struck down and dismantled by a lethal desire and suddenly nothing can bring me near enough to you. No friction of skin or shortness of breath, no tangling of bones or pressing of lips can satisfy all of the senseless ways that I want you.

5. Call me crazy, but there is something strangely familiar about the two of us. The scope and depth of our connection suggests that it was forged long before you and I were ever here. And all of our strengths and flaws compliment one another easily and gently without resistance or friction. Every moment with you feels like I have been welcomed home with grand parades and open arms — as though we have spent whole eternities apart and adrift in the void, searching all of the heavens and earth, only to find each other, here in this lifetime, once more.

6. Settling down would be a poor choice of phrase to describe what it means to devote all of my days to you. I don't have to sacrifice experiences or excitement for your affections, every moment with you is another opportunity for mayhem and misadventure. And I have never once felt pressured to rein in my silliness or soften my edges, in fact, you encourage and move me to take them even further — to embrace all my wildness with both of my arms and become a more spontaneous and thrilling version of myself. There is not a corner of the world I will not explore with you. No thrill I wouldn't seek. And by the time our lungs have breathed their last, I want our story to be the most captivating the world has ever seen.

7. I want worlds for us, I really do. I have never known a joy more elegant or effortless than the one I have found with you. Our energy is infectious, the chemistry is wild, and your crazy and my crazy are perfectly aligned. I am positively convinced we were written in the stars, and if not, I will carve our names into the sky myself.

You're the best thing that's ever happened to me, darling.

And in case you're ever wondering,

I'm all in. TC mark

31 True Stories Of Grisly Encounters With Strangers To Remind You To Lock Your Doors Tonight

Posted: 21 Feb 2016 07:30 PM PST

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I thought this was only an urban legend…

I was driving home from work at 2 am. I’m a nurse and I live in a small city. The roads were totally deserted and it was a freezing night. I don’t live far from work, maybe a couple of miles. I’m driving down a residential street around the corner from my house and I see a man laying face down in the street.

Now remember, I’m a nurse. My first thought was “Great, gotta help this guy up.” I was coming off a long shift and falls happen all the time. As I slowed down the car I suddenly realized what an idiot move that was. I’m a 100 lb woman and I don’t carry any weapons. I thought I should do something to help the guy so I called 911 as I drove past him and slowed to a stop at the end of the block. While I was stopped at the light I explained to the dispatcher that there was a man in the road who might need assistance.

All of a sudden I hear a loud BANG! BANG! from the driver’s side window. I screamed and looked over. A man was pounding on my window and jiggling the handle of my locked car. I looked in the rearview mirror and saw that there was no man laying in the street. Still on the phone with 911, I screamed “I’M SO SCARED!” to the dispatcher and floored it through the red light. I quickly told him what had happened and even though I was right by my house, he told me to keep driving. After a few minutes I had calmed down and he told me to loop back around. I pulled over down the road from my house and stayed in the car. I didn’t see the man anywhere, so I got off the phone with the dispatcher who told me he was sending a police car to cruise the area.

As I gather up my things I do a final scan of the area, and I see the man. He is walking with two other men. I hunched way down in my car until they were far down the road, then bolted into my house.

I don’t know if he had ill intent, but it freaks me the hell out that he wasn’t alone. ALWAYS LOCK YOUR CAR DOORS. And carry mace.

She was hiding in my bedroom closet with a very large knife and a bundle of rope

I’m a karaoke dj. I usually get home between 2-3 AM, but tonight I got off around 11 because the bar had a power outage. I live alone in a triplex behind a house. I live in the middle of a city but the property I’m on is rather large. So there is a big back yard behind my apartment.

As I was coming home tonight I noticed that my cats weren’t waiting for me in the window. (They can hear my van pulling in the driveway. They are in the window every night. No exception) I thought it was odd. Then I noticed that my kitchen light was on… I never leave my kitchen light on. At this point I was a little freaked out. That’s when I thought I saw movement in my kitchen. I called 911 and the dispatcher told me to lock my van doors and remain in the vehicle and stay on the line. Officers showed up very quickly (less than 5 mins) they parked on the street and walked up to my van. They asked me to stay quiet and give them my house key. One officer went to the back of my apartment and the other used my key to unlock the door.

When he opened the door all was quiet. Then he yelled REALLY loud telling someone to come out. I heard the police officer that was in my back yard start yelling and the other officer ran out to join him. My neighbors had come outside at this point and I was freaking out.

It seemed like a long time, but they walked a cuffed woman towards me and it turns out it was a patron that i had 86’ed this last weekend. I don’t know how she found out where I lived. She was hiding in my bedroom closet with a very large knife and a bundle of rope. (?!?!)

I don’t want to think about what would have happened if I had gone to bed with her waiting for me.

What if my boyfriend wasn’t there…

I was driving home from a big big city near my little town late at night after a day there with this dude on our first date sometime in March of 2012. My date was asleep and his seat was reclined really low. We got into town at around 1am and I noticed this guy standing on the corner I was about to stop at at a red light. He looked like he was probably on something. He was talking to himself and pacing. I was a little nervous, but whatever. I’m a little too quick to judge people sometimes.

So I stopped and we accidentally made eye contact… At least I accidentally did. I could tell he was yelling at be cause I kept hearing “bitch” and some other… Uh… Things as I was stopped at the LONGEST RED LIGHT EVER as the guy I was with was sleeping cozily in the passenger seat (really really reclined.) After about 10 seconds of the guy cussing me out he hopped over to my car and swings the passenger door open REACHING FOR ME. I started screaming bloody murder and the guy I was on the date with woke up suddenly and started smacking the guy (I think it started as reflexes). The crazy guy is yelling “Fuck, man! Didn’t see you! Fuck! Oh fuck, didn’t see you! This bitch!” Etc., and my date pushed him out the door as I zoom off, running the red. He closed the door and yelled “WHO THE FUCK… WHAT THE FUCK WAS…?” I’m hyperventilating and then I started half laughing half crying because my nerves were shot.

We got some ice cream at 1am. Then I took him home and went home myself. We laughed about it. But, I don’t like to think what would have happened if he hadn’t been there.

I found out what the smell was

About three years ago, I moved to London. I was looking for a flatmate, but had no luck. I turned to my friend, Marcus. After a week or two, Marcus and I moved in together. After we moved in, he put some of his stuff in storage so that he could make room for me in his flat.

When I moved in, everything was fine and well. Fast forward about a year. I went to get some stuff out of the storage locker that Marcus put his stuff in. As I opened the door, an absolutely RANK scent hit me like a bat. I switched the light on, and saw a couple old boxes, and a couch.

I was looking for the source of the smell, but I couldn’t find it. I grabbed what I came for, and left before I could vomit. Now, fast forward to about a month ago. I went back to the storage unit to get something else, and the smell was even worse than before. I had to hold my nose as I walked into the storage unit. I saw an open box, and I decided to look into it. I found stuffed animals. Like, dead animals that were stuffed. I looked into the box under that one, and I found rotting animals.

I was competently disgusted, so I went to Marcus to confront him. As I walked into the flat, I shouted “MARCUS, YOU SICK FUCK. WHY ARE THERE DEAD ANIMALS IN OUR STORAGE LOCKER?”. He came out of his room, and sat me down on the couch. He told me that he wanted to be completely honest with me, and he told me that he was into necrophilia.

Let’s just say that now I’m moved in with my parents.

Why you should always check under the bed

This incident happen to my mum before she had me over 20 years ago..

She worked at a local pub, the pub mainly catered for fisherman as the town is on the coast of Western Australia. So she knew most of the people who would come in for drinks or a feed.

However every now and again people from town would come in, she told me one bloke used to come in who she known from house parties around the place and always wanted to talk to her while she was working and would say sorry and keep doing her thing. One night she finished work around mid night and walk home which was a few kilometers away.

She lived with a few house mates who were blokes , all good mates. when she got home from her shift, she decided to have a shower. making her way back to her room she realized her door was open which is normally shut, all the fellas were asleep so she blew it off as wind or something. She laid down in bed to go to sleep but something didn’t feel right and for reasons she cant explain to me, she felt the need to look under her bed.

What she saw under the bed was the bloke from the bar who had followed her all the way from her work, she tells me that she just stared at him for ages and he didn’t move not even breath, to the point she thought he was dead, she went out room calmly and went to one of the guys room to tell them she had a dead bloke under her bed.

They raced in with baseball bats to find the guy half way out the window. He managed to escape and run away. The police were called and because they all knew who he was, the cops picked him up the next day.

I left the door unlocked

My dad was out for a job interview, so me and my sister had the place to ourselves for about 2 hours. I watched TV downstairs and went outside, and when I went back in, I left the door unlocked for my dad, since it was getting close to the time he said he’d be home

I went upstairs and hung out with my sister for a while. I heard the front door open, and rummaging through cabinets as well. I just assumed that it was my dad, since he always likes to check everything is in place before relaxing. I also heard my dad’s door open and close, albeit slowly, a few times.

I was talking with my sister when the phone rang. To my surprise, it was my dad on the other end. He told me that he was going to be getting home late and that we needed to make our own dinners. It felt like my heart fell to my feet as he said. I realized that it wasn’t my dad that had entered the home.

I hurriedly rushed downstairs to see if everything was okay. Several things were gone, and the front door was wide open. I then heard what sounded like breathing, coming from the downstairs bathroom. I chocked the urge to yell as I saw a hand wrap around the door, and a face peer around my corner.

As soon as the guy saw me, he ran like hell out of there. I chased after him, but he was long gone. On the floor in the bathroom, I found later of all things, a boxcutter knife. I’m not sure what his intentions were with the weapon, but they weren’t good if anything.

He thought she was home alone

My wife had gone shopping for the day and so I was in the basement doing some woodworking. I heard her car pull in, and so I headed up the stairs to help her with her stuff. She ran into the house saying someone was after her.

I got pissed. People tend not to mess with me (important to the story) as I’m 6’1 and 260. I used to be a power lifter and work at a saw mill. In my wife’s words I’m somewhere between a bear and a mountain man. We also have a great pyrenees who happened to have been inside with me at the time. For those of you that aren’t familiar with pyrenees, they’re great dogs. They’re a guard breed originally from France. Ours is 140 pounds of muscular guard dog. They are the sweetest dogs, great with kids, unless you threaten their people. Then they get nasty mean. For example, we have coyotes here. We also have a 16 pound mutt (wife’s dog). One day two coyotes attacked the little dog in the yard and the pyrenees killed them both.

Back to the story. I’m pissed. So the dude busted up in my house assuming she was alone since my truck was in the shop. He wasn’t expecting me or the Pyrenees. the big dog charged him (all 140 pounds of big dog), grabbed the intruder by the arm and dragged him top the ground. I grabbed the dude by the throat and told my wife to call the cops.

I got to spend about 15 minutes threatening to kill this man if he moved. The pyrenees never let go of his arm. Cops showed up, took my statement and hers and bad guy went to prison. Seems this fool had followed my wife from the store (it’s a 30 minute drive and she tried to lose him twice) after making some passes at her, but she said she knew if she could get home, she would be safe.

I thought my roommate knew him

I lived in a sketchy part of my city and I live alone. From time to time, I invite a few friends and classmates over. ( somehow relevant ).I lived in a fairly large place and money was getting tight so I figured I should get a roommate. Three months ago, Shiela moved in.

A little background on Shiela. This girl is kinky as hell. She would invite various men over a few times a week. Yesterday was when she drew the line when she invited a guy over and he went ahead and stole a guitar my friend left in my place. I was furious but also very passive-aggressive. I went to my friend’s house and when I came back, another guy is sitting on our couch. I got more angry because Shiela never fucking learn.

I noticed this guy is a little shifty. A got a good laugh because I noticed that the guy was so high, he’s trying not to die.Maybe that’s why Shiela left him alone. So I went to sleep.

I woke up to get ready for school this morning and I saw this guy happily eating cereal on or table. ( I got used to this ) I sat next to him to eat my oatmeal and we ate breakfast in silence. Shiela came out of her room and ate breakfast too. So we’re just silently eating there for 15 minutes or something. This guy stood up, washed his bowl and carefully placed it in a drawer. “Thank you for the cereal, ladies”, he mumbled and then quietly went out of our apartment. I said something like, “out of all the guys you invited over, at least that guy is polite”. Shiela just stared at me in confusion, she said ” wasn’t that your friend? “.

Then it dawned on me that I just shared breakfast with a guy who was so high he entered a random house.

Lock your car doors while driving

A month ago, I was at a pharmacy filling a prescription. I have central pain following a stroke I had in my early 20’s. I can walk, but the brain damage causes severe burning in my entire body. Due to this, I am on morphine and seen by a specialist at a well known hospital.

I dropped off my prescription and waited. I noticed a guy behind me, standing way too close. He could hear everything we said. I sat down and tested my blood pressure. I noticed him walking around in the aisles by me. I thought he was waiting too. They called my name 20 mins later. I didn’t see him while leaving the store. I looked in my car and got in, locking my doors immediately due to paranoia of watching scary movies,I guess.

I stopped at the first stop sign and out from behind the tree jumps the same guy. In one motion he was out from behind the tree and was grabbing my passenger side door handle. It was locked. He seemed as shocked as I was and looked like he was grabbing for the back passenger door.

I started screaming and put my hand on my horn and sped away. Other cars were also honking. I saw him run. I drove until I saw a cop car sitting at Carl’s Jr and ran in. He took my info and drove to the stop sign and asked me to follow. I couldn’t see him anywhere. The police officer said it happened last week to an elderly lady, so he needed to find him. I was really, really lucky. Always lock your door.

What happened to the lock?

In college I lived with my mom and aunt. We had a house on a hill in the woods. You had to drive up to get to the garage and the front yard sloped down to the left to expose all the floors of a pretty turret on the side of the house.
To get to the front door, you had to step onto a wooden walkway that followed along the whole left side of the garage. There was about four feet between the bottom of the walkway and the ground underneath at the door.

I got home late one night and saw my aunts light was still on. She was a night owl like me.

I pulled in, parked and walked up to the front door. It was dark but I could see there was something wrong with the doorknob. It was hanging out of the door and the screws were mostly out. I unlocked the deadbolt, locked it again and went upstairs to ask my aunt what had happened to the knob.

She was really confused and told me she had just been out there smoking and it was fine. I told her it was broken and she argued that she had literally been out there only a minute before and hadn’t even seen me pull in because she was still walking up the stairs to her room.

We both go back downstairs and I show her the door. Her face turned white and we realized that in the time between her shutting the door and me getting to it, someone had tried to break in buy pulling the locks out. We had many more instances after that with someone stalking us but never found out who it was.


Dreams Of Us Drifting Apart

Posted: 21 Feb 2016 07:00 PM PST

Giulia Agostini
Giulia Agostini

I dreamed I fell in love with you again, but you were deaf.
Instead of saying "I love you," you signed it, hands white whispers in the dark. Even with your face touching mine, you could still read my lips.
Every day, you spelled out wonderful things in the air:
How you treasured me, how you knew I was yours,
How you owned every inch and fiber of my being.
I learned a little sign language, too. You were proud of of me.
We watched movies together at night,
Subtitles flickering on a silent screen.
We were one, our roots entangled and coiled
In the soil of soft salt-earth.

In the same dream, later, you fell in love with a blind girl.
I was the bridge between you two: I translated your signs to language,
and guided her hands so she could trace words on your skin
like a wood-scratching artist discovering paper for the first time.
Her inkstains bloomed like dark flowers, cloudy in the night.

I helped you propose to her. But you never left me.
You took me with you. Every night, the sharp pain of longing
Was dulled, like a stump regrowing after countless amputations;
She slept so deeply that there was no barrier between us.
Afterwards, I would press my lips to your neck, lying between the two of you, murmuring the same thing she would trace on your skin, murmuring
I love you: those flower-words, that dark lingering sound. TC mark

Why Everyone Is Jealous Of You, According To Your Zodiac Sign

Posted: 21 Feb 2016 06:45 PM PST

Mary McDonald
Mary McDonald


(March 21st to April 19th)

You will never get into a Netflix and chill rut with an Aries. They are exciting, adventurous and always trying new things. They have the energy most of us crave — and the charm to not feel awkward about trying something where you have to meet a bunch of new people.


(April 20th to May 21st)

You don’t give a fuck what anyone thinks. A lot of people say this, but you actually mean it. You’re an individual and you get to do whatever you want without waiting around for people’s approval.


(May 22nd to June 21st)

You have an energetic charm that makes people want to bet on you and your ideas. You’re bright, and creative — and unlike every other kind of creative person, you know how to sell your ideas so you can actually make something from them.


(June 22nd to July 22nd)

Cancers have an incredible capacity to love. No one will love you as deeply and completely as a Cancer will love you. They are feared by exes who secretly know their ex is happier and healthier with a Cancerian partner.


(July 23rd to August 22nd)

Nice guys and girls everywhere bitterly envy a Leo who has no problem singing their own praises. Leos are successful and get their well-deserved acclaim because, very simply, they ask for it. In their own subtle way they are masters of never letting anyone walk all over them or letting their hard work go unnoticed.


(August 23rd to September 22nd)

Virgos are some put-together mofos. No one can solve a problem like a Virgo can solve a problem — which is why everyone wants them on their team. They are sought after friends, employees, and even romantic partners for this reason.


(September 23rd to October 22nd)

People are jealous of Libras because they always have so many friends. And good friends, too. They are social in the perfect way — charming enough to have a lot of friends, but gracious enough to make each one of them feel loved.


(October 23rd to November 22nd)

You’re feisty and passionate and no one will ever be able to describe you as passive. Everyone else wishes they had the spring in your step that you do. Even when they care about something, it doesn’t come with the truckload of energy and focus it does for you.


(November 23rd to December 21st)

Sagittarians are really funny. They have the ability to be irreverent and go there. We’re all a little jealous of how a Sagittarius can make us belly laugh.


(December 22nd to January 20th)

Capricorns are stoic and strong. We’re jealous of their ability to be perceived as an asshole or a shrew. This sounds like a negative factor but it’s truly a gift: a Capricorn never goes to bed wanting. They always have everything they need because they go out and demand it.


(January 21st to February 18th)

Aquarians have the biggest hearts that extend past their immediate circle. They vote, they volunteer, they go vegan, they genuinely care much, much more than most people.


(February 19th to March 20th)

Pisces have the creative minds we remember generations later. They are truly artists and even if we don’t notice them right away due to their quiet and laid back nature, sooner or later we’ll be blown away by the way their mind works. TC mark

40 Sex Things Girls Talk About When They’re Alone Together

Posted: 21 Feb 2016 06:35 PM PST


"I have a weird question for you," said my friend. "I really want to send you this aesthetically-pleasing vag shot I took but is that weird?"

"Not weird," I texted her back. "Go ahead and send." I mean, it wasn't all that out of the ordinary, besides the fact that I was looking at her entire vagina at two in the afternoon in a restaurant. It was a good photo.

Photos of our intimate anatomy aside, there are so many sex-related things that I can only talk to my girlfriends about both over drinks Sex and the City style or in a group text. If you've got a tight-knit crew of girlfriends with little to no filter, you know what I mean.

Here are popular topics my girls and I like to discuss. Add yours in the comments!

1. WTF is with dudes who like to ramble on in sexting sessions about their oral technique? If you have to write giant paragraphs about just how slow you drag your tongue, you're probably not actually That Good at going down.

2. When you think your gyno is hot, who else can you tell?

3. WTF is this discharge and what does it mean? Am I dying?

4. Isn't "yeasty" the worst word? How can I cure this yeast infection fast and effectively without having to smear Monistat all over my junk?

5. Remember when I broke my bed?

6. What's the science behind whiskey dick? Why can't he get it up?

7. I think I'm addicted to the Magic Wand. I am going to buy you one right now.

8. Do you think crystal dildos really work?

9. "OMG, I am so, so sore this morning. Like, I'm walking like a cowboy." When you get that text, you know your friend had a fun night.

10. Showing off your latest set of sexy lingerie before any of your partners get to see it, partially for validation and partially just to show off.

11. Is that sex move he's been doing lately normal? Do I like it, or is it weird?

12. "His dick is so huge I really wanna screenshot it but he'd totally know since this is Snapchat."

13. Feeling so dead inside, but still exceptionally horny.

14. The "I had the best sex ever last night" text that usually comes accompanied by congratulatory fireworks emojis.

15. Are my nipples weird-looking?

16. So, this thing happened to me and I'm too ashamed to talk to my gyno about it. What's going on with me?

17. Does my vag smell? Can you smell anything right now?

18. Why the hell do I shit my brains out during period time? Please tell me you do this too.

19. Am I pregnant? I've Googled the symptoms and I totally have them. I think I have chlamydia too. Oh god, I'm dying.

20. The ins and outs of Plan B – when should I take it? Will it make me sick?

21. Why do guys always want to have sex in the shower? Don't they understand that it's kind of uncomfortable and not really lube-friendly?

22. Speaking of lube, let's share our favorite brands.

23. "Oh god, my son keeps finding my vibrator no matter where I hide it."

24. UTI 101 – sharing our favorite tips and tricks to get rid of a pesky, resistant strain that is seriously killing our sex drive. (My prescription: D-Mannose powder, a true magical potion.)

25. What's going on with my sex drive, anyway? It's either I want to get fucked 100% of the time or I can't bear to think of it at all.

26. How come I only get laid when I'm wearing weird, old underwear and haven't shaved my legs?

27. Texting each other after you've gotten a fresh Brazilian: "Why do I pee everywhere with a new Brazilian?"

28. "Your vagina is so pretty! Mine's weird. Is mine weird? How big are your labia?"

29. Inquiring into the habits of dude friends: "Do you think guys sit around and talk about their dicks like this?"

30. Recommending gynecologists to each other with glowing reviews, kind of like you're dating a really great new person. "They totally get me! They're dependable and I never have to wait too long."

31. "I'm really proud of all the hard work I've been doing with my workouts, please gaze upon this amazing photo of my ass and compliment me. I need validation!"

32. Sharing the best angles for sexy pics, like where you should hold the phone to make your ass look bigger and which pics never, ever fail to make him send you the eggplant emoji.

33. "I have a huge zit on my ass. Wanna see?"

34. Pretending to be WebMD when sex-related injuries come up.

35. Really bad sex. What happened? Are you gonna do it again?

36. Dudes who can't kiss – what the hell is the deal? Didn't they spend serious time in high school figuring out how kissing works? We did. Why aren't they putting in the same amount of work?

37. My boyfriend wants to try (INSERT SOMETHING OUT OF THE ORDINARY) here. Have you done it? What do I need to know? Our friends are our greatest resources when it comes to sexual adventures. We might even invite them to a threesome. Maybe.

38. I think my leggings are giving me yeast infections. Is that a thing that can happen?

39. Should I throw all these thongs away? They're gross, right? Don't they basically trap bacteria from your butt?


To The Girls Who Need To Know They Deserve Better

Posted: 21 Feb 2016 06:30 PM PST

Drew Wilson
Drew Wilson

It was great at first, being with him. You might have thought to yourself, "Wow, I found the one. This is it. This is the one that I'm going to spend the rest of my life with." Deep down in your heart, you know that something isn't right. You're happy, but you know that happiness is going to be short lived. When you're in his presence, he gives you butterflies and makes you feel giddy. It's a great feeling, but that's not how a man should make you feel. A man should make you feel protected and warm, like you know you're in good hands.

He didn't treat you the way you deserved to be treated. No one can treat someone perfectly, there will always be something they don't like. But the way he treated you was like he was taking about the garbage. Like you were a chore. He was mean, to your body and to your self-esteem. When it came to pointing out your flaws, he did a fantastic job. You weren't more than just a warm body he could sleep with. It's sad that that was all you were to him. You would have given him the world if you could, but he wouldn't have taken it because it came from you.

On some days, he would find you on his bathroom floor crying. Maybe he knew that the reason you were there was because of him, maybe he didn't, who knows? The way he looked down at you was insulting. He would ask in a disgusted tone, "Are you done yet?" How could someone you love be so degrading to your character?

You know that you deserve so much better, but you hope that he will change, that he will acknowledge your worth and start treating you the way you deserve to be treated.

You find yourself typing in the google search bar "signs of an abusive relationship." The fact that you have to google the signs of an abusive relationship should be a big enough sign for you that you are in an abusive relationship. You push that thought out of your head because you don't want to believe it. You check off the bullet points on the list in your head: critical, constant put-downs, humiliates you, insults you, controlling, denial, blame, guilt trips, excuses, refusing to communicate, provocative behavior with the opposite sex, making everything your fault, the list goes on and on. The sad thing is, you love this person, but they don't love or even respect you.

You go through all of the names he has called you with worthless, crazy, insane, and dumb being the first ones to come to mind. He calls you those names so often, you begin to think that you are in fact everything he has called you. In reality, you're priceless, reasonable, sane, and intelligent.

He will probably never change, all you can do is pray that he will treat his next girlfriend better.

You deserve to be treated so much better than what you're getting. Don't let him think that you deserve the treatment he's giving you, because you don't.

A wonderful guy will walk into your life at some point in time and you will be sitting there in awe wondering how someone so special, so perfect even, chose to be with you. He will accept you as you are and love you with all of his heart. Those are the days to look forward to. TC mark

18 Men Confess The Things They Envy About Women

Posted: 21 Feb 2016 06:00 PM PST

Found on AskReddit.

1. multiple orgasms

"Multiple orgasms!"

2. internal sex organ

"Not having your sexual organ outside your body. I really envy the vagina, penises suck."

3. no public erections

"Being able to be majorly aroused in public without a bulge in the pants making it obvious."

4. wearing makeup

"Makeup. Currently watching my girlfriend do her little sister’s and her friends’ makeup for a dance and the transformation is wild."

5. long hair

"It’d be cool if I could grow my hair long without having to justify it to people who ask the same stupid questions about it over and over."

6. no ejaculation

"No ejaculation when orgasms occur. Fucking hackers."

7. they’re allowed to coo over babies and puppies

"Women get to lose their minds when they see a cute baby or puppy. I have to stand there and just smile but inside I’m bouncing around like a toddler."

8. chick drinks

"I’d like to be able to order a cran-apple-berry-razza-tini without having to use my whisky voice. Chick drinks are delicious."

9. being allowed to show feelings

Being socially allowed to show feelings in public. Not having to constantly worry about being creepy when around female friends even if doing the same things that they do. Not being belittled for displaying emotions (even to close friends). Being able to work with young children without being instantly suspected of being a pedophile. Being able to wear a dress comfortably."

10. so many clothing options

"Women get to have so many clothing options, I’m stick of only having pants or shorts as an option."

11. $ex work

"I envy a woman’s ability to make a living selling used underwear and feces online. No one’s pining for my jizz crusted boxers. :\"

12. clitoris envy

"The clitoris seems fantastic. I want one."

13. women and children first

"'Women and children first.' Hey, maybe I want to live, too."

14. huge support network

"I am a guy. I have issues. I have nobody to talk to about these issues. It seems like the gals can have a better chance of talking to someone."

15. not being considered expendable

"As a male I’m expendable. Females are, like it or not, regarded as the ‘weaker’ sex. They are to be protected while men are to do the protecting. If there’s a lifeboat with 5 seats on the board and I’m one of 6 people on the sinking boat, I get to go down with the ship. If there’s another world war, I’m expected to sign up for service. In hindsight, I don’t spend that much time on ships and there’s probably (hopefully) not going to be another world war. But this still sucks."

16. being allowed to cry

"Being able to cry and have the upper hand in a situation.

17. no performance anxiety

"No pressure when having sex. You can just enjoy it where as I’m under so much pressure to please/last long enough."

18. one word

"Titties." TC mark

18 Women Confess The Things They Envy About Men

Posted: 21 Feb 2016 05:30 PM PST


1. no periods—period!

"Really jealous of not having to deal with periods. They can just sleep naked every night and not worry about staining anything and they don’t have to deal with the extremes of the hormonal cycle that we go through."

2. pockets

"Clothes with functioning pockets."

3. muscles

"I envy that a man about my size and fitness would still be so much stronger than I am."

4. beards

"I really like beards. I’d braid mine and make weird designs with it…if I had one."

5. having a dick

"Having a dick. I’m super-jealous."

6. the helicopter trick

"They can do the helicopter thing with their manly parts."

7. low cosmetic overhead

"Not having to spend money on make-up, tampons, and hair products."

8. low hygienic maintenance

"Being able to just hop in the shower, and hop out and you’re done. If I let my hair air dry, it will still be wet at bedtime. If I blow dry it, it’s going to take 20 minutes and be a frizzy hot mess, so I have to flat iron it, which takes another 20 minutes."

9. getting taken seriously

"They get taken seriously. Anger isn’t brushed off as 'hormonal' or 'being a bitch.' They can like geeky things without being accused of being a poser. They can go out alone at night without the fear of being assaulted. And they’re not chastised for doing so."

10. no glass ceiling

"No glass ceiling for men. They’re expected by default to be leadership material."

11. pubes

"Why am I expected to shave my downstairs bits when men rarely bother? That shit itches growing back! You should have to suffer too! As for all the employment discrimination stuff I’m middle class and white so it rarely affects me although I do currently have a boss that’s massively stuck in the 50s and the tasks he gives me compared to my male college use (same roles, same starting date) are completely different which is ridiculous and we often have to swap tasks."

12. a purse-free existence

"I really hate having to carry purses around. I like men’s baggy clothing with lots of pockets. If it’s winter and I have a hooded sweatshirt or a coat on I’ll just stick things in my pockets and go without a purse. Very unfeminine, but whatever."

13. peeing with a dick

"Peeing with a dick seems more fun."

14. peeing while standing

"I want to pee while standing."

15. peeing with your pants on

"A penis for the utility of peeing while keeping your pants on. Never hath the flesh on my ass crawled like it does when it comes into contact with a cold toilet seat."

16. peeing in the snow

"I want to be able to pee my name into snow. Also, I don’t want periods or to be constantly low-level worried that I’m pregnant."

17. peeing anywhere

"The ability to pee practically anywhere without doing some sort of weird squat angle so you don’t piss yourself. Must be nice!"

18. high sex drive

"Being able to get turned on by fresh air. I love my husband, but twice a week is plenty for me. Plus he doesn’t have the ag of having to worry about the post-hump cleanup and subsequent 12-hour drip, and the threat of a UTI if you don’t have a good pee afterwards. Lucky." TC mark

21 Reasons Life Would Be Super Chill If You Could Just Be A Cat

Posted: 21 Feb 2016 05:00 PM PST


1. You live by your own rules. And better believe EVERYONE in the household knows it.

2. You’re a respected rebel with little to zero consequences for your actions.

3. Feeling annoyed? Just knock everything off the nearest table with a flick of your paw. Someone else will clean it up.

4. Still feeling annoyed? Swat the first person who walks by.

5. You can lick your genitals and no one will bat an eye.

6. You can literally hide from people whenever you want.

7. When company comes over that you’re not fond of, you can just chill under the couch until they leave.

8. You’re almost expected to be antisocial.

9. People feel very special when you decide to grace them with your affection.

10. You don’t have to cook for yourself.

11. No seriously, someone just feeds you. You get to lazily sit by your dish and wait for those inferior humans to do your bidding.

12. If someone touches you in a way you don’t like, you can hiss or scratch the hell out of them.

13. And they definitely won’t touch you like that again.

14. Napping all day long is in your job description.

15. You can go full nocturnal and no one will accuse you of being the Unabomber.

16. That sandpaper tongue of yours can be used as a weapon, if necessary.

17. The Internet is obsessed with you.

18. You can do something stupid, clever, or just look kind of weird and instantly become an overnight celebrity.

19. Nobody shames you for your naturally growing hair.

20. You can leap super high distances, like you’re a low-key superhero.

21. You get pets and massages just because you exist. Good for you. TC mark

16 Inspiring Quotes For When Life Seems To Have Come To A Halt

Posted: 21 Feb 2016 04:30 PM PST


There are moments in time that our lives seem to come to a halt and we ask ourselves, "Where do I go from here?" Our relationships seem stale, our jobs seem to lack worth, and everything in between seems to be absent of excitement. I hope that you are able to find hope in the possibilities that are before you and that you do not look back. These are the quotes I look to in times such as these:


"You'll be fine. Feeling unsure and lost is part of your path. Don't avoid it. See what those feelings are showing you and use it. Take a deep breath. You'll be okay. Even if you don't feel okay all the time."

—Louis C. K.


"We sometimes think we want to disappear, but all we really want is to be found."

—Author Unknown


"She stood in the storm, and when the wind did not blow her away, she adjusted her sails."

—Elizabeth Edwards


"I need to move around a bit. To shuffle my surroundings. To wake up in cities I don't know my way around and have conversations in languages I cannot entirely comprehend. There is always this tremendous longing in my heart to be lost, to be someplace else, to be far far away from all of this."

—Beau Taplin


"I am homesick for a place I am not sure even exists. One where my heart is full. And my soul is understood."

—Author Unknown


"When your world moves too fast and you lose yourself in the chaos, introduce yourself to each color of the sunset. Reacquaint yourself with the earth beneath your feet. Thank the air that surrounds you with every breath you take. Find yourself in the appreciation of life."

—Christy Ann Martine


"Every morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most."

—Gautama Buddha


"All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost; the old that is strong does not wither, deep roots are not reached by the frost."

—J. R. R. Tolkien


"If you don't imagine, nothing ever happens at all."

—John Green


"The core of your true self is never lost. Let go of all the pretending and the becoming you've done just to belong. Curl up with your rawness and come home. You don't have to find yourself; you just have to let yourself in."

—D. Antoinette Foy


"The most painful thing is losing yourself in the process of loving someone too much, and forgetting that you are special too."

—Ernest Hemingway


"Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing the monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward."

—C. S. Lewis


"If you don't know where you want to go, then it doesn't matter which path you take."

—Alice in Wonderland


"Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves."

—Henry David Thoreau


"The root of suffering is attachment."



"I hope you live a life you are proud of. If you find that you are not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again."

—F. Scott Fitzgerald