A counterculture (also written counter–culture) is a subculture whose values and norms of behaviour differ substantially from those of mainstream society, often in opposition to mainstream cultural mores. A countercultural movement expresses the ethos and aspirations of a specific population during a well-defined era.
“Whatever you are physically…male or female, strong or weak, ill or healthy—all those things matter less than what your heart contains. If you have the soul of a warrior, you are a warrior. All those other things, they are the glass that contains the lamp, but you are the light inside.”
~ Cassandra Clare
“Nobody will protect you from your suffering. You can’t cry it away or eat it away or starve it away or walk it away or punch it away or even therapy it away. It’s just there, and you have to survive it. You have to endure it. You have to live through it and love it and move on and be better for it and run as far as you can in the direction of your best and happiest dreams across the bridge that was built by your own desire to heal.”
― Cheryl Strayed, Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar
The reason why romantic relationships don’t “work” for people, is because people attempt to be all unbroken and fulfilled and untainted and “good” in the beginning, in order to seduce the other with an ideal. The problem with that is, it’s not really you and you’re not showing the person where you’re broken and what you really feel like… what it sounds like when you fall to the ground! You’re too busy trying to show people what it sounds like when you laugh, but you act like you never fall! You act like you have no darkness in you! The thing is, one day that’s all going to come out, it’s all going to show, and then it’s all going to be over between you and the other person! The terrible part is that people are so used to it being this way, that they actually look for that and are unable to appreciate an unveiled soul! I say darkness must show in the beginning, and if a person can get past that, then they deserve your light! – C. Joybell
“I used to be Snow White, but I drifted” Mae West