"I wear my skin only as thin as I have to, armor myself only as much as seems absolutely necessary. I try to live naked in the world, unashamed even under attack, unafraid even though I know how much there is to fear."

-Dorothy Allison
from Skin: Talking About Sex, Class, & Literature

I really like this quote. I saw it on a LJ friend's journal and considered how appropriate it is for how I struggle to be- just shielded enough to be safe, but open and raw enough to allow for the hard growth. I never want to be armored. I will wear my heart on my sleeve like a trophy, a badge- I fought hard to put it there, and I'll fight harder to keep it there. You have to be really tough to be vulnerable.

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