do you remember the first time you were called annoying?
how your breath stopped short in your chest
the way the light drained from your eyes, though you knew your cheeks were ablaze
the way your throat tightened as you tried to form an argument that got lost on your tongue.
your eyes never left the floor that day.
you were 13.
you’re 20 now, and i still see the light fade from your eyes when you talk about your interests for “too long,”
apologies littering every other sentence,
words trailing off a cliff you haven’t jumped from in 7 years.
i could listen to you forever, though i know speaking for more than 3 uninterrupted minutes makes you anxious.
all i want you to know is that you deserve to be heard
for 3 minutes
for 10 minutes
for 2 hours
there will be people who cannot handle your grace, your beauty, your wisdom, your heart;
mostly because they can’t handle their own.
but you will never be
and have never been
I know there are tons of Greek and collegiate women on Tumblr, and I know some of you will be asked to a fraternity formal during your five four years of school. I made my first cooler this year, and it was a long and hard process, but the results were totally worth it. It survived beach, ran, scratches, car ride, stairs, dragging, etc. and is still gorgeous. There are a lot of steps that go into painting a cooler; you can’t just slap some drawings on and be done - it won’t last. Here is my guide on how to make a gorgeous, durable cooler. I’ll put a full supply list at the end.