shed your skin
Hunter Stetz. 20. Boston University.
The species tries to make me a cynic, but the world wants me to love everything. Somewhere in the middle of nowhere, I'm doing my best.
Live Free or Die
I read a comment by a fellow humorous writer on the website cracked that the most skilled comedians use their humour almost as a defence mechanism, creating a separate persona from themselves. That way, if they are rejected, it is the persona being rejected, not themselves. By creating a second “personality” that they show to the world and using it as a shield, it parallels what many people on the spectrum do by creating a different person who they think that people what them to be or expect from them. However, this is emotionally draining for the person themselves. I think it is this disconnect from the real person and the created identity in both groups that can cause or amplify the depression, low self esteem and self hatred. All in all, by trying to be what everyone expects, they burn out and succumb to the pressure. The energy of maintaining a happy, vibrant person would be enormous so really the situation of Robin Williams and anyone else in his situation breaks my heart.
I just want to have a completely adventurous, passionate, weird life.
— Jeff Buckley, on moving to New York (via bruisinq)