Wednesday Words – Adolescent friends

“Anyone who knew you as an adolescent and still wants to spend time with you is a true friend, and really, their opportunity to blackmail you with stories of who you kissed and photos of you in overalls is enough reason to keep them around. We don’t see each other nearly often enough, but when we do, we fall right back into familiar rhythm, like a song we’ve been singing all our lives.”

-Shauna Niequist, Present over Perfect

Wednesday Words – Kristin Newman

“I was a shy little girl and an only child, so on vacations I was usually playing alone, too afraid to go up to the happy groups of kids and introduce myself. Finally, on one vacation, my mom asked me which I’d rather have: a vacation with no friends, or one scary moment. So I gathered up all of my courage, and swam over to the kids, and there was one scary moment… and then I had friends for the first time on vacation. After that, one scary moment became something I was always willing to have in exchange for the possible payoff. I became a girl who knew how to take a deep breath, suck it up, and walk into any room by herself.”

-Kristin Newman, What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding

Wednesday Words – Wellth

“Sometimes life can really suck. It’s not all unicorns and rainbows and it’s not filled with organic, gluten-free cookies that also happen to be sugar-free, vegan, and delicious. (I’ve yet to find such a cookie but if you find it, please let me know!). There are major detours and potholes – such as death, disease, and backbreaking financial hardship – that can be debilitating. But no matter how hard things are, we must believe that our situation can get better. And most of the time things aren’t even all that bad; we’re just wound so tight that we can’t find the humor in some of the potholes.”

Wellth, by Jason Wachob