"You have worlds inside you—swirling, colorful, mournful, generous, soaring, hopeful, searing, heartbreaking worlds. You cannot offer just a tiny slice of you. You cannot hold back the flood. You want to share those worlds. You are way too big, too complicated, too glorious and infinitely sad and unspeakably divine. You have to share all of it. Find someone worthy of all of it. Find someone who wants ALL OF IT."
God, why is Ask Polly so brilliant? Ask Polly: How Do I Make My Boyfriend Listen? - The Awl
"As I, perhaps inappropriately, surveyed the litany of bodies passing through the locker room, I felt an unspoken permission to strip. After all, the naked parade did not just consist of women who’d clearly met their workout goal six years ago — women at all stages of their fitness journey wasted no time on the frivolities of using one hand to dress as the other clung desperately to a towel for coverage. They needed the extra time to do their hair and makeup, to gargle mouthwash and Q-tip their ears using the toiletries the gym keeps in the sink area. There was an admirable efficiency to all that nudity."
Gah this whole piece was lovely. The first few months that I started going to the Y, I was terrified of using the showers and would walk a mile home to avoid them. A Review of Going to the Gym By Someone Who Has No Idea How to Take Care of Herself But Is Trying — Human Parts — Medium