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PhD student in Digital Culture. These are personal and work-related notes. More structured nonsense elsewhere (or unstructed at Swedish site Rodeo.net/LisaJon).

I am too intelligent, too demanding, and too resourceful for anyone to be able to take charge of me entirely. No one knows me or loves me completely. I have only myself.

—Simone de Beauvoir (via teenager90s)

(via slowfi)

We don’t simply believe or do not believe.

I know very well it’s a fake but, nonetheless, I let myself be … affected. Illusion persists.

Something…in the illusion [is] more real than in the reality behind it.

—Slavoj Žižek (via alterities)

(via cyborges)

Be kind to yourself. Stop telling yourself that whatever you are struggling with “should” be easy. If something is hard for you, it is hard for you. There are probably Reasons, though those may just be how you are wired. Acknowledge these things. When you finish something hard, be proud! Celebrate a little.

And really, just stop saying “should” to yourself about your thoughts and feelings in any context. You feel how you feel. The things in your head are the things in your head. You can’t change either directly through sheer force of will. You can only change what you do. Stop beating yourself up for who and what you are right now–it isn’t productive. Focus on moving forward.