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victoriousvocabulary:

**TLDR**

Today I am grateful that the word Grief exists. I extend my gratitude to the family of words surrounding though not necessarily directly related to Grief – sorrow, wellaway, lackaday, lamentation, sadness, tribulation, keening, anguish, misery, dolorous, atrabilious, mourning, lugubrious, wayment, heartbreak, wretchedness, tristifical…the list trundles on.

My 17 year old dog died this afternoon and in place of her mischievous eyes, tongue lolling and good natured tail wagging is a great intrusive emptiness.

Grief is hideous, like a relentless monster that threatens to crush your breath with its infernal weight and punishing claws, seeking to snuff out any Joy remaining in your heart and mind. After a few hungry bites and lacerations from the Grief Monster, all Hope flees your body and hides in some far off place, trembling with fear. When a loss is still fresh but you’re all cried out, sometimes one’s consciousness escapes into an Asphodelian numbness so that Grief is momentarily confused and frozen, unable to continue its chase because the Fog of Numb is its temporary blindfold.

But when one’s loss recedes, even if just a little, I can then reflect that despite all this sorrow, I can be glad that the word Grief exists to describe what Grief is. Though of course words can be dissatisfactory and not robust enough to represent the gamut of human experience, I am nonetheless grateful because it means countless people before me recognised the importance of having such a word which in turn means they too experienced a devastating and irrevocable loss thus in the end, this reminds me that we can only experience Grief, if we also feel Love and if we feel Love, it means there was a chance that Care and Kindness was involved too…and this is enough to entice Hope to return to me.

These sentences are quite choppy and I am not pleased with my botched attempt at explaining my thoughts as each word had to be dragged out through a haze of exhausted sadness so rather than razor sharp clarity, I have disjointed ideas pushing and shoving each other before collapsing in a heap but all I really wanted to point out in a rather roundabout way is that words represent our collective memories and serve as a reminder that we are not always alone in our experiences. Language is the rich canvas we are forced to paint.

GRIEF

[adjective]

1. deep mental anguish or sorrow, as that arising from bereavement.

2. a source of deep mental anguish.

3. annoyance or frustration.

4. trouble or difficulty.

5. Archaic: a grievance.

Etymology: Middle English gref, grief < Anglo-French gref; see grieve - Middle English greven, grieven < Old French grever < Latin gravāre, “to burden”, derivative of gravis, “heavy”.

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maxistentialist:

This is a blog post that’s incredibly confusing and painful for me to write.

Yesterday morning, Josh forwarded me a tweet that said:

TIL: Max Temkin, co-creator of Cards Against Humanity, raped a friend of my friend while attending Goucher College. I don’t support CAH.

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fearwontshutme:

Hey guys, how you all are doing? I know this is long, but I had to share the truth.
First of all, I would like to apologize about my poor English. I might have some grammar or spelling mistakes, but I had to write it because this shit pisses me off.

My name is Omer, I am 17 years old and I live

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flavorpill:

explore-blog:

Fantastic New York Public Library conversation with Malcolm Gladwell on tolerance, criticism, and the importance of changing your mind on a regular basis

Preach!

flavorpill:

explore-blog:

Fantastic New York Public Library conversation with Malcolm Gladwell on tolerance, criticism, and the importance of changing your mind on a regular basis

Preach!

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if-you-leave:

***IYL SHOWCASE GIVEAWAY***
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Massive thanks to the IYL Jury for their incredible support!Dazed and Confused Magazine, It’s Nice That, The British Journal of Photography, HUCK Magazine, Der Greif - magazine for photography &amp; literature, GUP magazine, No Culture Icons, So It Goes, Girls on Film zine, Art:I:Curate, MOSSLESS Magazine, Self Publish, Be Happy,FreundevonFreunden, Lomography, DRECK Magazine, Errr-Magazine,Paper Journal, Aint-Bad Magazine
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if-you-leave:

***IYL SHOWCASE GIVEAWAY***

We’re giving away 2 stacks* of this superb selection of publications by our favourite magazines representing the Jury for the If You Leave Photography Competition.

Reason for this is to promote the last week of our Kickstarter campaign in support of the IYL Showcase which is an entry-fee free contest and thus solely depending on your support! http://kck.st/1hOmPxd

How this works..

➸Stack 1 will be given to a lucky person who reblog’s, share’s, RT’s or regram’s this post.

➸Stack 2 goes to a lucky name who pledges to our Kickstarter campaign** http://kck.st/1hOmPxd

So get involved to win this awesome collection and support up and coming talent in the process!!

Massive thanks to the IYL Jury for their incredible support!
Dazed and Confused MagazineIt’s Nice ThatThe British Journal of PhotographyHUCK MagazineDer Greif - magazine for photography & literatureGUP magazineNo Culture IconsSo It GoesGirls on Film zineArt:I:CurateMOSSLESS MagazineSelf Publish, Be Happy,FreundevonFreundenLomographyDRECK MagazineErrr-Magazine,Paper JournalAint-Bad Magazine

The competition is still open for submissions until July 8th.

(*free delivery worldwide)
(**any pledge beyond this date)

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nevver:

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markruffalo:

This is just as real as it gets. So happy for these people.

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humansofnewyork:

"I tend to be cynical about a lot of things, but Maya Angelou is somebody that no matter how much I pick her apart, she still has integrity. She was a victim of incest and rape, and she worked as a stripper. And now she’s a literary icon and Nobel Laureate. It goes to show that life is cumulative, and you can’t devalue any type of experience."

humansofnewyork:

"I tend to be cynical about a lot of things, but Maya Angelou is somebody that no matter how much I pick her apart, she still has integrity. She was a victim of incest and rape, and she worked as a stripper. And now she’s a literary icon and Nobel Laureate. It goes to show that life is cumulative, and you can’t devalue any type of experience."