ALL THE TIMES RIOT GRRL MUSIC KEPT ME GOING

  1. That time my middle school crush asked me why all the ugly fat girls always like him.
  2. That time when I was fifteen and a family friend told me I had to choose if I wanted to be a pretty girl or a smart girl because women can't be both.
  3. That time when my best friend called me because she was throwing up blood and I was many miles away and couldn't be there.
  4. That time when I lived on my friend's couch because I had nowhere else to go.
  5. That time when I developed a chronic upper respiratory infection and would cough so hard I thought I had consumption.
  6. That time when I stepped on the elliptical machine for the first time and thought my legs were going to fall off.
  7. That time my boss wouldn't promote me because I looked too young and wore dresses.
  8. That time when I was on the phone with my cousin and told her I broke up with my boyfriend and she called me a closeted lesbian.
  9. That time when I decided I'd rather be alone than date a checklist.
  10. That time when I realized that I wasn't numb just severely traumatized from emotional abuse.
  11. That time I decided that I wanted to be emotionally and physically present.
  12. That time when I decided to figure out what I genuinely like versus the idea or construct.
  13. That time when I realized it's okay to not be okay all the time.