Name: Valerie / Val
Occupation: English Literature student, currently finishing up my Masters
Hobbies: Reading, writing, travelling, singing, listening to music, having a drink with my friends, going out to a party and dance …
Other: FEMINIST!, pansexual, Gemini, poetess, social justice warrior
The title of my blog, Kindness Is Optional, in real life I’m known to be a kind person (if I say so myself). But I do believe that one of the most important things in life is to be kind to each other, to a stranger, to a friend, or to your family. I was especially inspired by the quote Noora had on her wall in the Norwegian Series Skam:
“Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind. Always.”
And that is exactly how I want to live my life, because it’s true. At any given moment in time you do not know what someone else are going through, and they don’t know how bad your day is going, so give each other a break once in a while. However, and this is why I went with kindness is optional, it’s okay to put yourself first. If being kind means you have to scrub away at a part of yourself, it’s not worth it. Stand up for what you believe in, be true to yourself. That’s what this blog is for me. What I write here will come from my heart. My soul will speak through my words. I won’t always be kind, but I will be honest.