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Most of us spend our years longing to fit in. Cutting bits of ourselves till we finally look beautiful to everyone but ourselves. Then, we grow up. We realize that changing ourselves for the world will only turn us into someone we no longer like, or recognize. More importantly, you realize that you never needed to fit in - that you are not a piece in someone else's puzzle. And when that happens - when you finally stop worrying about being 'good enough' for someone else, that's when life begins.

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We like to hold on to the past. To the familiarity of it. To the things we know, the people we know. The future? That vast, uncharted territory? That's terrifying. But then you're sometimes forced to let go of someone who defined your past, as you forge ahead to your future. You're forced to accept that a chapter of your past that you held so dear is now over. You're forced to move on - and it'll be the best, most difficult thing you'll ever do for yourself.

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I've been living with anxiety since the age of 17. Or at least that's when I was suffering enough to know that something wasn't quite right. Things changed as I entered my 20s, and along with that, my relationship with anxiety changed. Suddenly, I wasn't an anxious teenager anymore- I was an anxious adult. I was expected to be better. Stronger. Less of the person my anxiety made me. I was fortunate to have someone to remind me of these seemingly simple, yet powerful things, though.

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A life led without the love of your life is still full of love.

Repeat this to yourself. Somewhere between being children and adults, most of us forget this. We forget the many magnitudes of love, the fact that love, while it might be a humane feeling, isn't limited to only humans.

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My Anxiety And I Might Be Friends Someday, But Not Today

Today, I get to write this.

My anxiety and I are two unwilling roommates.

We are like two frustrated souls in a loveless marriage.

We share the same quarters, the humble abode of all my thoughts - my mind - but neither one of us knows how we got here.

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In today's world, where busy lives, judgment and everyday chatter drown out the things that matter, it's hard to find people who care about someone else's life. But sometimes, just sometimes, people do reach out, and they do try to show, in their own little ways, that they do care.

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17 Things Every Nature Lover Who Lives In A City Secretly Wishes For

Kabhi kabhi mere dil mein khayal aata hain...

Are you addicted to the way the trees gleam and shine just after the first rainfall of the season? Do you constantly wish you were around the sea, in a tiny hut of an abode, for the rest of your days? Do you love your city but do you love the mountains more? Do you secretly wish you could actually have the perfect combination of nature and technology to soothe your old soul?

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I used to be the sort of person who used to ONLY listen to foreign artists. Mostly because after I heard the 15th sh*tty remix of "Humma Humma", I kind of gave up on modern music from India. But then, I slowly got introduced to the Indie scene here. Starting with artists like Nucleya and Divine. And there was no turning back after that (I mean, I still listen to Taylor Swift, but anyway).

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I know how life has become. Even if we don't want to, we've been dragged into this and somehow, with all the responsibilities and expectations, we can never seem to get out. But here's the thing: if we don't take the big steps to take care of ourselves, no one will. Being tired is one thing, getting burnt out, taking it to such extremes that it starts affecting your mental health - now that is just too big a price to pay. Here are signs you're nearing that awful turn, and need to stop now.

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25 Powerful Illustrations That Will Show You The Reality Of Mental Illness

We'd never imagined what they go through.

When people talk about anxiety or depression, for most of us, they only ever feel like heavy words. We aren't aware of the humongous monsters mental illnesses can be. When we ask people to talk about their mental illness, we're asking them to talk about the horrors that live in their head. And this may seem like the most natural suggestion to us, but for those who struggle, it's an act of extreme courage.

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