The only place in the world where every single person is accepted. Where any individual can do and be whatever they want without facing discrimination (so long as we’re good). But if you’re naughty, there’s a place for that, too. There is a place for every single person that’s ever lived or died or that has yet to be born. This is the only place where you can really, honestly, and brutally be yourself freely. The ultimate blank canvas. And if you don’t know who ‘you’ is yet, it’s the best place to find out.
“Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings. And once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must never become lax about maintaining it. You must make a mighty effort to keep swimming upward into that happiness forever, to stay afloat on top of it.”—Elizabeth Gilbert (via kari-shma)