Five Star's 286th Great Blog Roundup Is Brought to You By Veronica Roth

This week's Five Star roundup is brought to you by learning to take fewer things so personally, letting the past stay in the past, family and death, street harassment, living life to grow your creativity, getting a handle on the narrative, changing hate laws, and Veronica Roth:

 by Mingle Media TV [ CC-BY-SA-2.0 ],  via Wikimedia Commons

by Mingle Media TV [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Becoming fearless isn't the point. That's impossible. It's learning how to control your fear, and how to be free from it.

— excerpt from Divergent, Veronica Roth —

Happy Wednesday!

"Taking Things Personally" by Jennifer Pastiloff at The Manifest-Station:

Yesterday when the girl asked me if I was pregnant my heart did a little hop in my chest and I wrote about it on Facebook, but the truth of the matter was that I didn’t care all that much. Am I getting old? Am I getting wiser? Do I care less? Have I recovered 100%? Am I just tired?

Maybe all those things.

Life isn’t that simple . There are usually no just-one-thing answers for things. Yes. No. Maybe. Some. Because. Enough. Always. Never. There’s usually a caveat.

"How to Break Your Addiction to the Past" by Elizabeth Jayne Liu at Flourish In Progress:

Some sixth sense knew that I would go to Atlanta and come back ready to untether myself from the myths I’ve believed about myself for so many years.

"Welcome, Ghosts" by Sean Doyle at The Tao of Sean:

I joke about death because death is a joke. The joke that never lands right. The joke that stings. The joke that twists.

"It Is NOT OK" by The Mistake Maven at Don't Do That:

I may not have balls, but I have double Ds, and they just became your worst nightmare.

"I Hate Wedding Photography" by Anne Almasy at DEDPXL:

This is my life. This is all I’ve got. And I’m positive that I won’t be wishing on my death bed that I’d spent a few more hours looking at another wedding photographer’s pictures.

"Dealing With What He Did There" by Eden Riley at Edenland:

I've been carrying the seven-page official police statement on my brothers suicide around in my handbag, waiting for the right time to read it. I knew I needed to read it but I kept putting it off until it was all I could think about. So this morning after school drop off I parked in a carpark and read all the in-depth details. I knew I would cry. I also knew that it would not break my heart because a broken heart cannot break again.

"Rights and Privileges" by Christine Hanolsy at Trudging Through Fog:

At noon on Monday, May 19, 2014, Oregon’s ban on same-sex marriage was deemed unconstitutional. I got a text alert somewhere in the Housewares section of Ikea. I showed it to my partner.

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