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We had a lot of trouble with western mental health workers who came here immediately after the genocide and we had to ask some of them to leave.

They came and their practice did not involve being outside in the sun where you begin to feel better. There was no music or drumming to get your blood flowing again. There was no sense that everyone had taken the day off so that the entire community could come together to try to lift you up and bring you back to joy. There was no acknowledgement of the depression as something invasive and external that could actually be cast out again.

Instead they would take people one at a time into these dingy little rooms and have them sit around for an hour or so and talk about bad things that had happened to them. We had to ask them to leave.

By ~A Rwandan talking to a western writer, Andrew Solomon, about his experience with western mental health and depression.

From The Moth podcast, ‘Notes on an Exorcism’. (via jacobwren)

This is so important.

(via beenworkingonacocktail)

jugglekingstone:

DO YOU JUST HAVE SOMEONE IN YOUR LIFE THAT MAKES YOU REALLY HAPPY NO MATTER WHAT THEY TALK ABOUT WITH YOU AND THEY JUST ALWAYS CHEER YOU UP AND THEY PUT THEMSELVES DOWN SOMETIMES BUT YOU DONT KNOW WHY BECAUSE EVERYTHING ABOUT THEM IS SO AMAZING AND YOU WANT THEM TO BE IN YOUR LIFE FOREVER BECAUSE THEY MAKE YOU SO HAPPY OH GOSH

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veganxgoddess:

pointless-future:

I see myself on a different angle to you. My angle makes me appear rather chubby and large, your angle makes me look normal. If people understand this and stop saying “but you’re not fat” it’d be so much better. I am fat when I look at myself. I don’t know what you see but if people could understand that angles make a huge difference…

thank u so much for this

veganxgoddess:

pointless-future:

I see myself on a different angle to you. My angle makes me appear rather chubby and large, your angle makes me look normal. If people understand this and stop saying “but you’re not fat” it’d be so much better. I am fat when I look at myself. I don’t know what you see but if people could understand that angles make a huge difference…

thank u so much for this

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Hemingway

literarystarbucks:

Hemingway goes up to the counter and orders one espresso. It’s hot. He drinks it in silence. It makes him remember his father’s cabin. He thinks about the woman he loved once. He does not smile. The coffee reminds him of war - short but painful, swallowed down quickly. One could order worse drinks. He leaves Starbucks and walks out into the rain.