People will kill you over time, and how they’ll kill you is with tiny, harmless phrases, like ‘be realistic.’
As a child I never heard one woman say to me, “I love my body.” Not my mother, my elder sister, my best friend. No one woman has ever said, “I am so proud of my body.” So I make sure to say it to Mia, because a positive physical outlook has to start at an early age.
a note to self
1. There will be several days that you daydream about stepping in front of a city bus. Don’t. It will not be beautiful. It will not be brave. It will be selfish. It will be broken. Your mother will cry.
2. Don’t write for him. Write for you. Write for…
I didn’t need you, you idiot. I picked you. And then you picked me back.
Spend a little more time trying to make something of yourself and a little less time trying to impress people.
‘Harry — you’re a great wizard, you know.’
‘I’m not as good as you,’ said Harry, very embarrassed, as she let go of him.
‘Me!’ said Hermione. ‘Books! And cleverness! There are more important things — friendship and bravery’