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not wanting me
the beginning of me
wanting myself
thank you”
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the ocean
can calm itself,
so can you.
are both
salt water
mixed with
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“expect sadness
you expect rain.
cleanse you.”
Nayyirah Waheed
“i don't pay attention to the
world ending.
it has ended for me
many times
and began again in the morning.”
Nayyirah Waheed, Salt
“Someone can be madly in love with you and still not be ready. They can love you in a way you have never been loved and still not join you on the bridge. And whatever their reasons you must leave. Because you never ever have to inspire anyone to meet you on the bridge. You never ever have to convince someone to do the work to be ready. There is more extraordinary love, more love that you have never seen, out here in this wide and wild universe. And there is the love that will be ready.”
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you were a writer
you ever
pen to paper.
just because you were not writing
does not mean you were not writing
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“i love myself.'

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“i am mine.
before i am ever anyone else's.”
Nayyirah Waheed, Nejma
“Just because someone desires you, it does not mean that they value you.

Read it over.


Let those words resonate in your mind.”
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“when you meet that person. a person. one of your soulmates. let the connection. relationship. be what it is. it may be five mins. five hours. five days. five months. five years. a lifetime. five lifetimes. let it manifest itself the way it is meant to. it has an organic destiny. this way if it stays or if it leaves, you will be softer. from having been loved this authentically. souls come into. return. open. and sweep through your life for a myriad of reasons. let them be who. and what they are meant.”
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“i loved you
it was easier
loving myself.”
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“No’ might make them angry but it will make you free.”
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“Chemistry is you touching my arm and it setting fire to my mind"
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“i bleed every month. but do not die. how am i not magic. – the lie”
Nayyirah Waheed, salt.
“Desire is the kind of thing that
eats you
leaves you starving.”
Nayyirah Waheed
“When I am afraid to speak is when I speak.
That is when it is most important.”
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“If someone does not want me it is not the end of the world. But if I do not want me, the world is nothing but endings.”
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“where you are. is not who you are. – circumstances”
Nayyirah Waheed, salt.
“it is being honest
my pain
makes me invincible.”
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“you broke the ocean in half to be here. only to meet nothing that wants you. – immigrant”
Nayyirah Waheed, salt.
“she asked ‘you are in love, what does love look like’ to which i replied ‘like everything i’ve ever lost come back to me.”
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“i do not expect my child’s respect.
just because i have given birth to their life.
does not mean they owe me.
what i want most
is to look into my child’s eyes
that i have given birth
held and feed.
from the moment we first met.
they love me for it.”
Nayyirah Waheed
trust anyone
who says
they do not see color.
this means
to them,
you are invisible.”
Nayyirah Waheed
“there have been so many times
i have seen a man wanting to weep
beat his heart until it was unconscious.”
Nayyirah Waheed
“in our own ways we all break. it is okay to hold your heart outside of your body for days. months. years. at a time. – heal”
Nayyirah Waheed, salt.
“i knew you
i met you.
i’ve known you my whole life.”
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“Even if you are a small forest surviving off of moon alone, your light is extraordinary.”
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“both. i want to stay. i want to leave. i am three oceans away from my soul. – lost”
Nayyirah Waheed, salt.
“the truth is
you were born for you.
you were wanted by you.
you came for you.
you are here for you.
your existence is yours.
Nayyirah Waheed, Nejma
“I want to live so densely. lush. and slow in the next few years, that a year becomes ten years, and my past becomes only a page in the book of my life.”
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