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My mother once told me that trauma is like Lord of the Rings. You go through this crazy, life-altering thing that almost kills you (like say having to drop the one ring into Mount Doom), and that thing by definition cannot possibly be understood by someone who hasn’t gone through it. They can sympathize sure, but they’ll never really know, and more than likely they’ll expect you to move on from the thing fairly quickly. And they can’t be blamed, people are just like that, but that’s not how it works.

Some lucky people are like Sam. They can go straight home, get married, have a whole bunch of curly headed Hobbit babies and pick up their gardening right where they left off, content to forget the whole thing and live out their days in peace. Lots of people however, are like Frodo, and they don’t come home the same person they were when they left, and everything is more horrible and more hard then it ever was before. The old wounds sting and the ghost of the weight of the one ring still weighs heavy on their minds, and they don’t fit in at home anymore, so they get on boats go sailing away to the Undying West to look for the sort of peace that can only come from within. Frodos can’t cope, and most of us are Frodos when we start out.

But if we move past the urge to hide or lash out, my mother always told me, we can become Pippin and Merry. They never ignored what had happened to them, but they were malleable and receptive to change. They became civic leaders and great storytellers; they we able to turn all that fear and anger and grief into narratives that others could delight in and learn from, and they used the skills they had learned in battle to protect their homeland. They were fortified by what had happened to them, they wore it like armor and used it to their advantage.

It is our trauma that turns us into guardians, my mother told me, it is suffering that strengthens our skin and softens our hearts, and if we learn to live with the ghosts of what had been done to us, we just may be able to save others from the same fate.

S.T.Gibson  (via modernhepburn)

First time I’ve ever heard the advice, “be more like Pippin.”

(via padnick)

LotR was meant as an analogy for what it was like to go through war and come home, so this metaphor was absolutely intentional on the author’s part.

(via vampmissedith)

(Source: sarahtaylorgibson)

lolthatsme:

Some of these are scary accurate!

  1. YOU KNOW YOU’RE A SERIOUS TV ADDICT WHEN YOU CAN RELATE TO ALL 10 REACTION GIFS IN THIS GALLERY [x]
  2. THESE 10 REACTION GIFS ARE PRACTICALLY EVERYONE AT LEAST ONCE IN THEIR LIVES [x]
  3. A GALLERY OF 11 THINGS YOU AND THAT ONE FRIEND WILL BOTH RELATE TO GUARANTEED [x]
  4. 10 MEMORIES FROM YOUR CHILDHOOD ACCURATELY TOLD IN REACTION GIFS [x]
  5. LAZY PEOPLE REJOICE! YOU’RE NOT ALONE BECAUSE EVERY LAZY PERSON HAS DONE AT LEAST HALF OF THESE [x]
  6. I THINK NOWADAYS ALL I DO IS COUNT DOWN UNTIL IT’S TIME TO EAT AGAIN. IF THAT’S YOU TOO THEN THESE 10 GIFS ARE YOU IN A NUTSHELL [x]
  7. IF YOU LOVE MUSIC THESE ARE FOR YOU! [x]
  8. 10 CAT REACTION GIFS THAT EXPLAIN YOUR LIFE SO WELL [x]
  9. 12 OF THE FUNNIEST DOG REACTION GIFS PORTRAYING YOUR LIFE PERFECTLY

How many of these are you?

ilyone:

Part 2 of the “Jason finds out” chapter of my chronology of a friendship comics which are clearly getting out of hand, hahahaha. At some point I have to stop raising my own expectations of them and go back to being more sketchy  >_> ;;

Part 1 can be found here.

Facts : - Morning light is hard to paint.

- I didn’t originaly plan for Percy and Jason’s interaction to last that long but it turns out those two were fun to work with, and they had plenty to talk about. Nico should be in the next part, finally ! 

- Jason is not flying off to yell at his father. He cares about Nico but he is not suicidal. ;p 

I hope it’s not too small to read ? (tumblr really doesn’t like big pics and I insist on making giganormous comics, hahaha)

ilyone:

Someone is gonna go “Oooops !” in the morning ;p 

I saw the issue about Jason’s dad killing Nico’s mum popping up in conversations quite a few times. I definitely wanted to deal with it in the chronology of a friendship comics so here you are, this particular subject should have one or two more parts, I haven’t decided yet ^^ 

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