In a surprise early release, "Orange is the New Black (OITNB)" season three has finally graced us with its presence on Netflix.
To celebrate, we're remembering some words of wisdom that fan-favorite inmate Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren bestowed upon us throughout seasons one and two.
As a refresher, or for those who are unfamiliar with her character, Crazy Eyes is an inmate who sought to add naive Piper to a long list of "prison wives" upon Piper's arrival at Litchfield.
Pipes finally caught on to Suzanne's tactics to vie for her friendship and love, which she was quick to put an end to. Crazy Eyes becomes emotionally attached to people easily, like Piper, which puts off a lot of the inmates, especially in conjunction with her violent history.
Nevertheless, after Piper's rejection, we began to see a more vulnerable side to Crazy Eyes.
In both seasons, we are gifted with her flair for reciting literature, poetry and some of the realest statements ever muttered on the show.
On finding your self-worth:
"This year, I'm loving someone who deserves me. Me."
On how falling in love lights up your world:
"Before I met you, the sun was like a yellow grape. But now, it looks like a fire in the sky. Why? Because you light a fire inside me!"
On how being in love makes you do crazy things:
"I threw my pie for you."
On the definition of love:
"It's like you become more you. Which is normally like … but now it's okay … because the person, like, whoever, they chose to take all that on. All that weird stuff. Whatever's wrong or bad or hiding in you. Suddenly it's alright. You don't feel like such a freak anymore."
On accepting yourself:
"I am not crazy. I am unique."
On how it feels to be held back:
"They tie me down like a balloon, so I don't fly away."
On being selective with who you love:
"I know something about loving people who aren't smart enough to want to be loved back. I learned a secret that I can tell you: They don't deserve it."
On how love makes us feel insecure:
"I used to spend a lot of time thinking how I could make you love me. Like, if I had long pretty hair, or if I made a chocolate cake with frosting, or if I had a cool bicycle."
On accepting that not everyone will like you:
"Sometimes people just don't want to play with you, and it's okay."
On remembering that we all started at the same place at one point:
"People forget that we was all new here once. It's good to know you're not alone."
On living in the moment:
My therapist says,
"Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery."
On getting hurt:
"Don't take it personal, I try not to. Now I know what you gonna say. 'But Suzanne, my heart hurts!' And I hear you, I do. A lot."
The takeaway from her statements all lead up to one theme: remembering to love and accept yourself.
There's only one of you, so embrace it! Love is acceptance, flaws and all. When we fall in love, even if everyone feels love in a different way, there's an intensity that makes us feel and perceive the world in a different light.
Love really does make us do crazy things. We make sacrifices and name another person as a top priority, which is why hurts when it ends badly.
Just remember not to take things too personally and not to let anyone hold you back.
Do you, and if they don't like it, they don't deserve you.