"Writing is a form of therapy; sometimes I wonder how all those who do not write, compose or paint can manage to escape the madness, melancholia, the panic, and fear which is inherent in a human situation."
"There is a fundamental reason why we look at the sky with wonder and longing—for the same reason that we stand, hour after hour, gazing at the distant swell of the open ocean. There is something like an ancient wisdom, encoded and tucked away in our DNA, that knows its point of origin as surely as a salmon knows its creek. Intellectually, we may not want to return there, but the genes know, and long for their origins—their home in the salty depths. But if the seas are our immediate source, the penultimate source is certainly the heavens… The spectacular truth is—and this is something that your DNA has known all along—the very atoms of your body—the iron, calcium, phosphorus, carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, and on and on—were initially forged in long-dead stars. This is why, when you stand outside under a moonless, country sky, you feel some ineffable tugging at your innards. We are star stuff. Keep looking up."
"the year of saying “no” to anyone who
did not wait to hear my “yes”
the year of standing up straighter and
the year of ample “fuck”s mixed in with my
“please” and “thank you”s
the year of love for myself and my friends
and the end of saving my smiles for those
whose promises lay in a wink
the year of choosing to live every year
drained from too much love
not a lack of it
the year spent growing a skin
tougher and scalier
more resistant to insults
and open to touch
the year of moving forward
let there be many more of them"
"We like to be out in nature so much because it has no opinion about us."
Friedrich Nietzsche - Human, All Too Human (via vehxt