whether the answer is yes or no, or a mix of the both, i wanted to remind you that you’re great. here is some stuff that i thought might be helpful if you ever feel down or bored or just wanna try something new!!
playlists // don’t be down / happy, happy, happy / cheer up!! / feeling down? / upbeat / for when you’re feeling sad.. / be happy! / songs to listen to when you are feeling sad. / anxiety/panic attacks / dashboard session / nostalgic. / it’s okay, not be okay. / anxiety’s lullaby / don’t be sad / songs that make you feel better / hey man, it’ll be okay. / note to self. / forget about it / baby don’t cut / can’t be unhappy
cheering up // emergency compliment!! / paying for people’s groceries / random acts of kindness caught on film / free hugs experiment / tipping servers $200 / little acts of kindness / 27 videos that will make you happy / givesmehope / textpost blog!! / the everything post / repeat after me. / feel like you lost something? / you are not alone. / just listen to this / cute yahoo answers / nail art tuts / bad x-factor auditions / need a hug? / you can do anything
cool stuff // music thing / how to lucid dream!! / teach yourself guitar (wow) / learn a new language / creepy websites / the color game / make a mind palace / explore the world / make a temporary tattoo! / musical sea creature // babies experiencing things / 7 day positive challenge / if you forgot how beautiful the world is / draw a nebula / watch documentaries / sugar cookies recipe / 100 things to do / anasomnia / kawaii emotions / 100+ games / make your own font
depression // how to love yourself / alternatives to self harm / what am i feeling? / if you feel like crap / dealing with depression / let go of your past. / what is depression? / depression & cutting/things to do instead of cutting / alternatives to self harm / the cure to sadness! (in under 3 minutes) / things to do when you’re sad / feel good 101: depression/ stop cutting, create instead
anxiety/stress // soundrown / build stuff with sand / rainymood / chill out / zen garden / managing stress / social anxiety tips / PTSD forums / anti-anxiety masterpost / a place to think / calming manatee / the dawn room / 100,000 stars / types of anxiety disorders / anxiety attack tips / anti-anxiety foods / using a thought diary / panic attacks & anxiety /
eating disorders // bloating in recovery / why you must eat / what is ED recovery? / learning to love your body / how to eat a fear food / helping someone with an eating disorder / 281 reasons to recover /
movies, documentaries, tv // action movies / disney movies / scary movies / movies for angsty teens / my mad, fat diary / mean girls / blue is the warmest color / submarine / teen wolf / the vampire diaries / pretty little liars / american horror story / bob’s burgers / the mindy project / ultimate teen movie masterpost / hannah montana / sherlock / american beauty
au where Dumbledore is the Gilliam to Voldemort’s Wilford
DUMBLEDORE AS GILLIAM because the wise old white man will always pervade the story of the good intentioned underdogs rising up in revolution and in need of a leader who seems to know the most about the situation. That trope will always be there because we are a society based on trusting the older white man whose beard somehow makes him trustworthy even if his actions say otherwise. Because the reason he’s so wise is because he double dips: he lives in the world of the underdogs but he was born and raised and knows the world of the top tiers, the privileged and the evil. Dumbledore and Gilliam manipulating their power within the underdog society to harvest weapons and tools out of the people who believe in him, and insist that their manipulation and raising pigs for slaughter is “for the greater good.” insisting that their greater good is the only form of good you need, the one that leads to the utopia without evil, even though their evil they’re fighting against is only contingent upon their particular situation. Wilford is the evil because he controls the train and enacts violence, just like Curtis would become that evil if he agreed to take over. Voldemort is the evil because he presents himself as such and enacts violence, and Dumbledore goes with it not because he wholeheartedly believes in Goodness, but because of the guilt of his adolescent mistakes that fuel his entire adult motivations.
Dumbledore as Gilliam because Dumbledore lets his hand rot and his body fall to feed the people, letting his execution take on the biggest possible impact at a specific time so the meaning will finish the fight when he’s gone. Working in contingency with Voldemort, maybe not as directly as Gilliam and Willard did, but still responding to each other and accepting their places as opposing forces and the leaders of their respective sides, forging a tie because they made each other. Accepting the power and manipulating everyone else, all their followers for their own personal purposes. Dumbledore is the same as Voldemort because Dumbledore literally almost became Voldemort, was passionate about the exact same ideologies when he was younger and its only the guilt of his mistakes that changed him, not a change in morality.
Gilliam and Dumbledore and Willard and Voldemort, all the same type of powerful man, the kind that people will cut their own hands off for (think Pettigrew; think the early train cannibalism), and who will cut themselves but only with the intention of sparking greater faith and loyalty to make manipulation easier later on. Gilliam hacked off pieces of his self not just to feed people, but for the ulterior motives of ensuring no future doubt would occur when he asked more of people, to contract loyalty to his tools (making himself reliant on Grey so Grey feels important, so Grey feels loyal forever; earning higher ultimate wisdom badges so people will listen later because he’s “one of them”).
Willard and Voldemort demand the sacrifice from others, demand you cut off your hand to resurrect me, give me your child to fuel me, give me your life to let my legend live on forever. Gilliam and Dumbledore play the game a bit better by sacrificing themselves as example before letting others do it in tenfold. And its all, all in the name of fighting a fight thats personal: between Gilliam and Willard, Voldemort and Dumbledore. Its personal even as its metaphorical sides of Good and Evil in the larger scheme (but though those sides of Light and Dark start to look exactly the same even long enough of war and a little exposure on your Old Wise Man). Its give me your child so I can use him to fight my battles, its give me your hand so I can lead you where I want you and guilt you when you don’t do it, its give me your life blindly and dont ask questions. Sacrifice your children for my cause because I told you to and I promised this would lead to a better future, even though that better future isn’t actually better because THE CHILDREN WERE SACRIFICED AND DESTROYED BY THE METHODS YOU CREATED TO WIN A WAR YOU TOOK PART IN STARTING. These are bad men, they are all evil but they dress themselves up in a neat dichotomy of good vs evil even though they’re all doing the same thing for different sides.
Do you think it was kind or wise for Gilliam and Dumbledore to manipulate Curtis and Harry respectively, to bind those boys lives to them without giving anything in return. To lie to those boys and refuse them truth because there was a greater good to be done, because telling them the truth wouldn’t guarantee cooperation. Because a weapon shaped like a revolution hero was more important than a child’s emotional well-being. They let Curtis and Harry wallow in their respective self-hatred and guilt so that the guilt would fuel them into leading the battle (and there are differences between Curtis and Harry regarding heroism but thats a different discussion). But Gilliam and Dumbledore each decided that their own visions were more important, because they have the same self-righteousness burning through them, searing everyone they touch without anyone realizing they’ve been burned until an article is written postmortem, until an execution video is made, that reaches up and peels off the Old Wise Guy trope that they were hiding behind all along. What’s almost never talked about with this trope is the fact that these Old Wise Guys are manipulative. They are evil too, but there’s less violence and a veneer of wisdom the hero loyally trusts because they never realize they’re being manipulated and by they time they do, the hero is already brainwashed. Its scary to me, how this Old Wise Guy is lauded as so wise, so kind, so gentle but strong and thank god we have him because we need brains to guide the valiant hero, when in reality is manipulative, and its typically selfish because the Old Wise Guy is still human, as much as we like to praise him for being transcended, he’s still capable of being selfish and greedy and vain and guilty. But you have to think about it, you have to wonder where all that wisdom comes from because its earned, and if the Old Wise Guy were really so honorable, then he’d be the hero of the story. He wouldn’t need the real hero to save the world, lead the revolution. The Old Wise Guy isn’t synonymous with honor or kindness, Dumbledore and Gilliam aren’t good people, they just practice the art of emotional manipulation instead of outright violence. And until they’re disillusioned and fallen from grace, we don’t even notice it. But even then, when they’ve been dragged back down to a human level, they’re too often excused, being hailed still as Old Wise Guy, but who is still human. They have too much power and guys with too much power like that? They’re never Good. Don’t trust them.
What if Charlie Weasley is asexual? Like what if when his brothers were going through puberty and getting crushes on girls and just obsessing over them, Charlie was just like, “Guys. DRAGONS.”
I’ve said this to my non-techie friends countless times. It’s no secret that being able to code makes you a better job applicant, and a better entrepreneur. Hell, one techie taught a homeless man to code and now that man is making his first mobile application.
A mini documentary on sex trafficking of Native women, with particular focus on Minnesota (Native women & girls are frequently sold on the shipping boats that travel around the Lakes, and have been for decades).
"People don’t see Native American women as humans. They see them as punching bags. Or something novel, like a new toy—it’s fun at first, but afterwards you throw it away." —Sarah El Fakahany, Sexual Assault Advocate at Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center
This is very sad, I didn’t know that the Native American women and girls were part of sex trade and prostitution.
it is a very big problem, much bigger than many people realize or want to admit, even among Native communities. if you go to a truck stop anywhere near tribal communities late at night, you will see young Native girls who have been trafficked. Minnesota, Arizona, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, Oregon, & Washington are particularly bad. here’s some more resources on sex trafficking of Native women:
- Shattered Hearts: the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of American Indian Women and Girls
- Young Native Girls are Being Sacrificed to the Canadian Sex Trade
- stats from the Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition
- 'Start Waking Up:' Report warns of Inuit child selling, cites anecdotal evidence of abuse, trafficking
- Native Schoolgirls Should Not Be for Sale on the Street
- Native Women Easy Prey for Traffickers
- Data Shows Link Between Oil Workers and Violence Against Native Women
- Go Home, Baby Girl