“We enjoy warmth because we have been cold. We appreciate light because we have been in darkness. By the same token, we can experience joy because we have known sadness.”—David Weatherford (via thresca)
I’ve learned a lot in the last few months. i can’t continue to over-analyze and focus on whats happened in my past. its done and over with. i can’t change anything I’ve done or fucked up on. i used to put myself down constantly for something that i could and can’t ever change, but then i realized that being depressed and angry at the world for something that is unchangeable is the biggest waste of time. there’s no point in doing that and it just hurts your relationships with everyone else who actually cares about you. Life moves way too fast and too much time is wasted on putting yourself down when you can simply learn from the experience, accept it, and move on.
She believes in love and romance. She believes her life is going to be transformed into something wonderful and exciting. She has hopes and fears, just like anyone. Sometimes she feels frightened. Sometimes she feels unloved. Sometimes she feels she will never gain approval from those people who are most important to her.
But she’s brave, and goodhearted and faces her life head on.
“People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.”—Elizabeth Kubler Ross (via quote-book)
“Such is our way of thinking - we find beauty not in the in the thing itself but in the patterns of shadows, the light and the darkness, the one thing against another creates.”—Junichiro Tanizaki, In Praise of Shadows (1933)
“Anyone whose goal is “something higher” must expect some day to suffer vertigo. What is vertigo? Fear of falling? Then why do we feel it even when the observation tower comes equipped with a sturdy handrail? No, vertigo is something other than the fear of falling. It is the voice of the emptiness below us which tempts and lures us, it is the desire to fall, against which, terrified, we defend ourselves.”—Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1984)
"The man who said ‘I’d rather be lucky than good’ saw deeply into life. People are afraid to face how great a part of life is dependent on luck. It’s scary to think so much is out of one’s control. There are moments in a match when the ball hits the top of the net, and for a split second, it can either go forward or fall back. With a little luck, it goes forward, and you win. Or maybe it doesn’t, and you lose."