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My name is Mikey Pullman and I have already been married twice. I have also already been divorced twice. Apparently marriage isn’t for everyone.

I married my first wife two days after her 18th birthday. We were both virgins, raised in very religious households. I’m sure that recipe works for some people, but it did not work out for me. She has several children now, and she looks happy. I met my second wife a few years after that, she thought I was gay because she saw me making out with a guy at a Christmas party. Turns out, we are both bisexual. It did not end well between us but now, eight years later, we are still close and I wouldn’t trade her friendship for anything.

Marriage can be difficult but, someday, I will probably try again. Because life is a wonderful journey and I would like a spirited companion. Someone with a friendly words and a soft touch; with a warm smile and nonjudgemental eyes. Someone who dances to the same music and dreams the same dreams. Someone who fills me up and has more to give. And, out of all the things that I want, need, and yearn for, the only thing that matters in having your marriage recognized here in this state, isn’t even on my list. As a bisexual I can tell you that what is between your legs matters less in a relationship than what is between your ears or inside your heart.

Some of us are new to this fight. We are fresh and we are not weary and every day towers fall. It is a test of our will, and we are about to pass. There are more of us now. And not just here, but everwhere. We are not alone in this, the future is with us. We have not won yet, but most of us will live to see the sun rise on a day when this fight is a bittersweet memory and the scars on our hearts will be over-shadowed by the joy on the faces of those who stand next to us in union. We will not despair, we will not give up, we will not surrender to the will of those who would steal from us our birthright of equality, for all men and women are created equal and we will no longer hide love under a bushel, but rather take it to the mountain top and make of ourselves lighthouses, shining the path towards safe harbors, home, and the peace and hope that having a family can provide. Protests will be forgotten, but the actions made this day will become another stone in this avalanche of inevitble change. And [we] can either welcome that change, or be buried in it.

My name is Mikey Pullman, Happy Valentine’s Day.

Mikey Pullman, friend, peace activist, cool dude

kecky:

Whenever I notice that I’ve lost a follower, I just imagine that this is how it happened, and then I’m not sad anymore.

aaronheit451:

Comforted knowing she’s watching over us

aaronheit451:

Comforted knowing she’s watching over us

memeguy-com:

Now thats how you graffiti a bathroom

memeguy-com:

Now thats how you graffiti a bathroom

syfycity:

One of my favourite mythological creatures - The Lion Turtle, Last Airbender

syfycity:

One of my favourite mythological creatures - The Lion Turtle, Last Airbender

Jecofaer’s Awakening

Enlightenment is not of the divine, but is rather the experience of self.~ The Buddha.



A fog had lifted.

To him, it was more than birth, but activation; all senses finding life during one singular moment. The first inhale, the first flash of light to his amber eyes, it was overwhelming. His body reeled from the heft of his newly found pain, the saturated toughness of his skin stressed to points of near breakage. A wrenching of noise split the air around him, and with it came the sensation of gravity.

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The Light Inside of You
You are told your whole childhood that you can be whatever you what. A doctor, an astronaut, an actor, the president of the United States. Anything. But when society hears that you want to be yourself, a self that doesn’t fit the preset destiny that society has already set aside for you, you are instantly condemned for even thinking such a thought. So you hide that self, YOURself, deep down inside you, to the point where you may not be able to see it anymore, and you live the life THEY want you to live. Days go by, and it seems alright. Months pass, and you wonder if it will ever change. If it will get easier to lie to yourself, to others, about what you want to be.

Then you notice something…

Years have flown by and you are still that other person, the one that society claims is your true self for you. You’re still miserable. You’re still afraid. You still hate the choice you’ve made, to be this fake person for everyone else. That entity that knows who you really are, that brilliant light you had hoped would be allowed to consume this dark lie is now barely a flicker under all of the misery. You’re not even sure if that is still who you really are.

Maybe you’re supposed to be this person. Maybe you’re supposed to play this role… For the rest of your life… And suffer… And hate yourself… And you wait to hear, desperately, that it’s okay to let the light shine outward. You dream of it. You hope it still exists…

It does. It always will. But time is running out, friend. You are only given so much time on this Earth, and don’t you think the rest of it should be spent being happy? Being strong? Being yourself? That light is the voice you need to hear. The one that is screaming for you to let go of the easily found comfort of always being this person you have had to be for years. The one that is fighting, tooth and nail, to live. And that is what you must do. You must fight. You must stand up and be heard.

That voice that seems to overpower the tiny reassurances, the one that says that you can’t do it, that you’ll fail, that people won’t love you if you change… That voice is a lying son of a bitch. It doesn’t know you.

I do. I’m that light inside of you, somewhere. I’m that tiny voice, screaming to be heard over the naysaying. I’m the fire that burns inside of you, that empowers you to be free, to be strong, to stand up and fight for your very existence in this world. I am the life you NEED to live. I’m YOU. But I am only as powerful as you let me become. So, please, don’t let me stay buried. Help me illuminate your mind. Allow my fire to engulf you whole, so that you can rise from this pit, from the ashes of this terrible lie. I want to live. We need to live.

And we will, because we must.

victoriousvocabulary:

LEOITHNE

[noun]

Gaelic: a gentle breeze; a gentle breeze that makes little ripples on the surface of water.

[James R. Eads]

tyleroakley:

"Musicians Read Mean-Spirited Tweets About Themselves"

blinglyswaglan:

psych-facts:

In a simple experiment, researchers at the University of Chicago sought to find out whether a rat would release a fellow rat from an unpleasantly restrictive cage if it could. The answer was yes.
The free rat, occasionally hearing distress calls from its compatriot, learned to open the cage and did so with greater efficiency over time. It would release the other animal even if there wasn’t the payoff of a reunion with it. Astonishingly, if given access to a small hoard of chocolate chips, the free rat would usually save at least one treat for the captive— which is a lot to expect of a rat.
The researchers came to the unavoidable conclusion that what they were seeing was empathy— and apparently selfless behavior driven by that mental state.
Source: http://0c6cada9.linkbucks.com

"A study by Science/AAAS shows that rats preferred freeing caged rats rather than eating food placed in the cage, suggesting that the rats show empathy, a trait only previously known to primates."
Just let that sink in.

blinglyswaglan:

psych-facts:

In a simple experiment, researchers at the University of Chicago sought to find out whether a rat would release a fellow rat from an unpleasantly restrictive cage if it could. The answer was yes.

The free rat, occasionally hearing distress calls from its compatriot, learned to open the cage and did so with greater efficiency over time. It would release the other animal even if there wasn’t the payoff of a reunion with it. Astonishingly, if given access to a small hoard of chocolate chips, the free rat would usually save at least one treat for the captive— which is a lot to expect of a rat.

The researchers came to the unavoidable conclusion that what they were seeing was empathy— and apparently selfless behavior driven by that mental state.

Source: http://0c6cada9.linkbucks.com

"A study by Science/AAAS shows that rats preferred freeing caged rats rather than eating food placed in the cage, suggesting that the rats show empathy, a trait only previously known to primates."

Just let that sink in.

thefrogman:

Best Pictures of Scared Bros at a Haunted House of 2013

Photographs from Nightmares Fear Factory [website]

pennyfournasa:

Creating solutions for space, creates solutions on Earth.
 
Many of NASA’s solutions for space exploration have been adapted for use on Earth. These adapted technologies are known as NASA spinoffs. To date there have been over 1,800 NASA spinoffs. The Apollo program led to many spinoffs, including CAT scans, better water purification technology, a life raft that can withstand choppy conditions at sea, and athletics shoes that were adapted from moon boot technology. Memory foam was even originally developed by NASA to improve the safety of aircraft cushions. Recently a new technology startup Scanadu developed the first real life Star Trek tricorder, which uses the same technology as the Mars Curiosity rover.
 
NASA has continued to better lives on Earth by developing innovative technologies for the space shuttle and Viking spacecraft that were adapted to create more functional artificial limbs for amputees and insulin pumps for diabetics. NASA also developed fire resistant polymer fabric, which protects firefighters and military personnel. One of the latest NASA spinoffs, the FINDER radar, helps emergency responders rescue victims of disasters. NASA technology has protected us and we should protect its budget.

NASA is valuable both for space exploration and for bettering life on Earth. The government shutdown is halting innovation. Write to Congress to tell them you want the government shutdown to end and for NASA to continue innovation for space and Earth.