[Image description: A photograph of a manatee in open ocean, facing the camera. TEXT: “Getting something wrong doesn’t mean you are stupid. You are learning, just like everyone else.”]
[Image description: Two manatees are together in the sea, slightly above the camera. One is nuzzling the other’s cheek. TOP TEXT: “If hope is hard to find.” BOTTOM TEXT: “Then let me hope for you.”]
[IMAGE DESCRIPTION: A photograph of a manatee in open water, a small shoal of fish underneath them. TEXT: “Even the biggest failure beats not trying. You tried so hard. I am so proud of you. And I hope you are proud of yourself too.”]
[Image description: A manatee is swimming in the sea, with blue-green tinged water and sand visible under it. Algae or moss is growing on its back. One fin is folded across its chest. TOP TEXT: “Whatever happens, I know you can handle it.” BOTTOM TEXT: “You are stronger than you think.”]
[Image description: A photograph of a manatee, surrounded by little fish. The water is clear. The manatees fins are folded in front of it and it is looking at the camera. TEXT: “When the world tries to get you down, I will be right here to boost you back up.”]
Anonymous said to calmingmanatee:
hello manatee, i have a problem. so this guy i like likes me back. we really like each other, but he’s moving. we cant hang out cause he has to pack and everything so thats not an option. also later today he said that we need to find other people, if we really do like each other, he wouldn’t of said that.. right? so i brought up long distance and he declined it in a heartbeat. he didn’t even want to try, i thought he really did like me. please help, i don’t know what to do with my life, im a guy
I am going to tell you something, and it is going to sound harsh and for that I am sorry.
I know it hurts - liking someone who doesn’t feel the same way is one of the worst things in the world. Let yourself be sad. Let yourself mourn for someone who is going away, for hurt feelings, for what could have been. And that is absolutely fine. Give yourself three days to just be absolutely bone-crushingly sad. Then pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and go on with things. Don’t feel bad if you are still sad, but try not to let it be a focus on your life. Focus on you - get some exercise, eat nice things, sleep a lot, read things, write lists about how great you are. Focus on you.
[IMAGE DESCRIPTION: A manatee is facing the camera, straight on. The sand is underneath it, and the water is tinged cyan and blue. TEXT: “Please don’t spend your time comparing yourself to other people. They are them, and you are you. Be the best you can be. That is more than good enough.”]
[Image description: A photograph of a mermaid and a manatee, side on. The manatee is grey, and has algae growing on its back. The mermaid is a blonde person, with a blue top and tail. The mermaid is kissing the manatee’s nose. TEXT: “Everyone is different. Looking, acting, feeling, being or thinking differently doesn’t make you “bad” or “wrong.” It makes you different. It’s what makes you special. It is what I love so much about you. We are all different, and that is wonderful.”]
[Image description: A photograph of a baby manatee looking at the camera, their mother in the background. TEXT: “There is no such thing as completely starting over. You are going in with more knowledge and new experience. You didn’t fail. You took one little step back.”]
(Image credit to Zooborns)