I promise I’m not emo. I simply adore The Velveteen Rabbit. Thanks to my sister for reminding me about this quote.

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Three Ninjas · November 4, 2010 at 1:41 pm

This is perfect!

I have been thinking about this a lot lately. My proclivity to pursue impossible dreams has caused me a lot of pain. According to the observations of close friends, I apparently get hurt by rejection more than the average person. But I’m constantly sticking my neck out and risking pain, even though it’s terrifying, and it has made my life one that I’m glad to live, even though there’s pain. It’s made me real. Thanks for posting this!

I’m pretty fucking emo.

    Henway · November 4, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    I think everyone feels like they react worse to rejection than the average person though… for me, I feel like I can’t get dumped or rejected by the opposite sex b/c it’ll take so long for me to recover, but after talking to others I realize my behavior is normal.

      Three Ninjas · November 4, 2010 at 1:51 pm

      You’re probably right.

      Godless Girl · November 4, 2010 at 4:31 pm

      I wonder what we collectively picture as a healthy/normal reaction to pain and rejection. Perhaps we all just picture the ideal (not feeling so hurt, brushing it off, ebign awesome asap) and don’t realize that nobody can meet that ideal?


        Roofwoofer · November 9, 2010 at 9:50 pm

        Good point, tho if I met someone who reacted in the “ideal” way (rising above it, rebounding right away), I’d suspect they were fooling themselves.

        I guess it’s a case for being selective so we only go through agony for people who are worth it.

nullefide · November 4, 2010 at 2:27 pm

Geez, I haven’t read that book in forever… wonder if I still have my copy from when I was a kid…

I often times love children’s books for their ability to be so simple and yet include such big concepts and thoughts in them. 🙂

    Godless Girl · November 4, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    The best children’s literature seems to do just that. And I think that’s why books like The Velveteen Rabbit stay with us well into adulthood. We can carry the lessons with us forever; we just adapt them to our new understandings of the world.

Jenny · November 6, 2010 at 12:29 pm

I loooove that book. It made me cry when I was nine years old, and it still makes me cry today. I display it proudly on my bookshelf next to “The Giving Tree”.

TheSecretAtheist · November 9, 2010 at 8:42 pm

That’s one of my favorite children’s books! I loved it so much when I was little and I still do!

E · November 14, 2010 at 1:11 pm

oh, sister! way to (re)post velveteen love. that graphic is so lovely. <3

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