It's ok to have so many thoughts you have trouble walking straight. Thinking is one of the things you're best at. You've never been that good at remaining upright on the pavement anyway.
Even though you think a lot you should listen to what other people say. This needs some practice, but you will get better at it eventually. Believe it or not, other people can have some quite interesting things to say.
Invitation and burden are not synonyms. You will learn that you can benefit from saying yes when you're not sure whether you should accept or decline.
With your student economy in mind, spending all your money on travels is not the most reasonable choice. But it's a whole lot of fun!
You have just as many feelings as thoughts. It's not easy for people around you to keep up with everything that's going on inside your heart. Don't expect people to keep up with what's going on, you're having problems with that as well. This is probably one of your characteristics.
Don't be so hard on yourself when you destroy the color of your new shoes. Shoes can't be spotless forever (especially when treating them like you do).
Moving to London will not be as terrible as you think. Even though it won't be easy in the beginning you will get the hang of it.
You will actually have a natural hair color most of the year. Congratulations on being almost dye free.
You don't lose your friends just because you don't see them as much as you'd like. Most of them will remember you even though it has been a while.
You want to do everything. But if you try to do everything at once you'll just end up doing nothing. Live now, but save some of the experiences to later (it's not possible to get three educations, travel around the world, write a book, go on vacation and have a full time job all at once).
Don't hesitate to appreciate those you have in your life. Suddenly you will find that someone isn't there anymore.
Don't let the weekly lows get to you. You know things will be easier after organizing one of your drawers and going for a walk. But if you let it get you anyway, please remember to shower and brush your teeth. And put on some clean clothes.
Keep singing while lying on the grass in a crowded park. Keep singing to break the silence on sidewalks and car rides. Sing loudly in the shower. Don't give a fuck; dance when they play music in the stores. Don't worry if others don't like that your life is a musical.
This post contains pictures of inspiring women. Click on the pictures to read more about them. Really, you should.
Some arms has to beat a path to get forward, some legs has to walk extra far to come forth. Some thoughts never become words, and some words has to be said numerous of times to be taken seriously. Some voices has to shout extra loud to be heard.
Girls has to shout because we are not expected to. History tells ut that the ideal woman is described as a diligent, obedient, quiet and calm figure who needs to be taken care of by a man. Still, in the 21st century, we are raised to become something very much like this ideal female, in the same way as men are raised to be tough and strong. Toy stores have separate sections for girl toys and boy toys. It is not necessary to mention what is considered a boy toy and a girl toy, we all know who would normally get a toy tractor for their birthday.
Girls should shout because that would annoy people. Unfortunately women gets a lot more comments on their voice and appearance than what men do, especially in social debates. Often the commentators are men, but there are a lot of women as well. Women who gets annoyed by women who are not 'behaving like a woman should'. Girls should shout extra loud because other girls don't know why they should even bother talking about these things. We are not only shouting for men to hear, we are also shouting for women to hear. Let them get annoyed by our harsh and loud voices.
Girls should shout because so many believes we are living in an equal society even though it's not true. Even women from developing countries can see that the equality is not achieved, even in the 'best countries of the world'. Am I the only one who gets a little embarrassed on behalf of these countries?
Girls should shout because 22% of today's state leaders are women, even though the number has doubled the last twenty years. Did you know that there are more women in the British Parliament today than it has ever been? If the United States of America gets a female president it will become historical. In Norway (where I'm from) we have only had two female prime ministers. Well, at least that is better than none. But come on, after so many years we have barely started!
Girls should shout because we live in such a ridiculous world that Malalai Joya had to write a book about being "an Afghan woman who dares to speak out". Afghanistan is not the only country where women has to be brave to speak out. We have to shout really loud because women all over the would are risking their lives doing things men can do without consequences. We have to stand up; for ourselves and for women everywhere.
Girls should shout because most women who are murdered are murdered by men they have close relations with. Check out Karen Ingala Smith's homepage "Counting Dead Women".
Girls should shout because it is not fair to be labeled as a man hater because you fight for women's rights. Fighting for women's rights is not a fight against men, it is a fight for women, and men are very welcome to join.
Girls should shout because we are being sexualized before we are taken seriously. I've heard too many people say that someone is "very pretty for being a feminist". To show skin, often with a seductive gaze into a camera, is unfortunately a more effective way for a women to get attention than anything else. The french women's football team posed naked in a photoshoot in 2011 saying "Is this how we should show up before you come to our games?". Women should shout because men's sports gets a lot more attention than women's sports.
Girls should shout because many girls believes it's their own fault if they get raped. The victim is never to blame. No one should be feeling guilty because someone else crosses their boundaries. We should also have in mind that men can also be raped. Don't tell someone not to get raped; tell people how not to rape someone. Not everyone knows what the word "no" means.
Girls should shout because it is starting to get better. We shouldn't settle down knowing that things are going in the right direction. Things are only moving forward because someone is shouting. If we don't join the shouting choirs the curve will stop moving upwards. It is now that we are moving forward that we really should stand up. Don't step back and let others take up the fight for you. You can join the uprising; you can write history.
We should shout because we can.