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There is no virtue in exchanging your true self for the affections of someone else. Love admits no such cynical transaction. Love is most meaningful when those who love us know who we truly are and love us anyway. It is not about what we can make those we love give up; it is about how we can help those we love be the most genuine, the most honest versions of themselves.

We do not make an act of fidelity meaningful because we don’t want to do it. We make an act–any act–meaningful when it most truly represents who we are, when it most honestly shares what we actually desire. Believing that sex is valuable because we pledge it to one person when we really want to do just the opposite is the most crass kind of commoditization of both sex and love. Matters of the heart are not about artificial scarcity and transactional gain.
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Yanshou, China // James_Marsh


Karlsruhe Schloss, Germany (by r.dahl)

my personality varies from unbearably clingy to disturbingly distant and there is no inbetween


if your significant other tells you that you can’t do something that would make you happy while 100% not harming them, they’re not for you. they’re not in the relationship for you. find someone that will support the things that make you smile.