Look, I’ve been through so much terrible shit. Shit that other people can’t imagine. Shit that will break a woman down. And yet, you know what? I still have hope. Cause here’s the thing: There are good folks out there, and some of them will want you in their life. They will love, cherish, and respect you. Their love might not be perfect, but it will be better than this, and I want you to have it. It’s yours.
Yes, I wrote this. But based on the number of young men and women who read this blog and reach out to me, I can’t emphasize this enough. I actually have to remind myself of it, too. You are worthy of love and of happiness. It’s true.
You kept your love for me hidden like a teenage girl’s diary; you left it protected by pillowcases, masked by mattresses or even underneath your underwear. Yet if I walked past you in public you’d look up and look down again without shooting me the shy smile that made me fall in love with you in the first place. When we were alone you’d shower me with affection and adoration and say “this is for all the times I saw you today that I had to pretend I didn’t know you.” I know why you do it and I know you have to but at the same time it kills me to even think that your love for me is not as deep as the Mariana trench, or high as Everest, or as long as the Nile.
I hate the fact we have to hide our love just because the world isn’t ready for it. (via theglycoprotein)
To see more photos of “nezo art,” browse the #寝相アート hashtag and follow @erichedelic on Instagram.
"The way my baby daughter slept was so funny, and I had some time to spare while she was asleep," explains Fukuoka Instagrammer Eriko Ohga (@erichedelic). In Japan, a growing trend called “nezo art” (寝相アート) has been inspiring mothers like Eriko to take creative photos of their babies while they sleep. Literally meaning “sleep-posture art” in Japanese, this new style of documenting baby years allows moms to have some fun during their few hours of peace while the little one sleeps.
The “nezo art” that creative moms like Eriko share are especially elaborate, using costumes and household props like laundry to shape scenes that tell stories. “I try to form a rough idea of the scene I want to create and prepare the area where my daughter would lay down before she falls asleep,” reveals Eriko. She then places her daughter in the designated setup, and, once the baby is asleep, the rest of the parts are put together in stealthy movements. Eriko also shares her tips for shooting the finished image: “I climb up on a chair to capture the entire scene from above. I’m also extra careful not to wake the baby up with the sound of the iPhone camera.”