don’t. take. the bait.

i’ve got a new phrase for myself: _tear bait._

so many stories of deaths that are heartbreaking, yet do not directly affect me, have come my way in the last week that i have to force myself not to cry. _don’t do it, self. the only connection you have to that cat’s owner is that a former friend once fancied himself her boyfriend, fifteen years ago. you’ve never even met her. don’t cry._