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So, what about writing ourselves? Every day, our thoughts, words and actions conspire to create the way that others perceive us and influence the ways in which they understand us. We create “texts” through which we ask others to interpret us, and we hope that we do it well. We’ve all been misunderstood, and often can’t quite grasp why. It is because we can never really contextualise our feelings and thoughts to others, as they are so intensely personal, filtered through the prism of all our experiences combined. Each person has their own collection of life experience, different in innumerable ways.

Yet in order to exist and interact with the world, we must create ourselves. Indeed, we’re incessantly creating and re-creating, softly shaping ourselves to fit into the situation at hand. We can’t control how people interpret us, but we can’t stop ourselves from trying. Every minute, we reach into the silence and bring together letters, words, and sentences, continuously forging the way that others will read us. We build arguments, and feel them shatter beneath us. We move on, renewed.

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— Tasha Frost, Creating Self, Thought Catalog

“The awful part of snapshots usually is that the ones we like least turn out to be the ones people save.”-Betty Cornell, Betty Cornell’s Teen Age Popularity Guide, 1951
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Penelope Tree -1960’s

“The awful part of snapshots usually is that the ones we like least turn out to be the ones people save.”-Betty Cornell, Betty Cornell’s Teen Age Popularity Guide, 1951

Photo from lauramerritt:

Penelope Tree -1960’s

(Source: my-little-time-machine)