i want to ask the happiest person in the world whether it was worth it, all the sacrifices he made in order to become so happy. … faq.
the fish will be the last to discover water.
it sounded old—
—now: it seemed to him that he-was-always-saying-or-thinking that he-didn’t-deserve-some-bad-luck-or-some-bad-treatment from others.
(he’d told Guitar that he didn’t-deserve-his-family’s
“dear god,” she prayed,
“let me be something every minute of every hour of my life.
let me be gay;
let me be sad.
let me be cold;
let me be warm.
let me be hungry…
have too much to eat. … let me be
in sickness and in sickness. that is what i wish for you. don’t seek or expect miracles. there are no miracles. not anymore. and there are no cures for the hurt that hurts most. there is only the medicine of believing each other’s pain, and being present for it.
:: jonathan safran foer
here i am
some of us are surrounded by destructive people who tell us:
we’re worthless when we’re endlessly valuable,
that we’re stupid when we’re smart,
that we’re failing even when we succeed.
but the opposite of people who drag you down isn’t people who build you up and butter you up.
it’s equals who are generous but keep you accountable, true mirrors who reflect back who you are and what you are doing.
:: rebecca solnit