Life is not a song, sweetling.
Someday you may learn that, to your sorrow.
— George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones
I think we can’t go ‘round measuring our goodness by what we don’t do, what we deny ourselves, what we resist, and who we exclude. I think we’ve got to measure goodness by what we embrace, what we create, and who we include.
When you’re traveling, you are what you are, right there and then. People don’t have your past to hold against you. No yesterdays on the road.
I want to force myself again and again to leave the warmth and security of static situations and move into the world of growth and suffering where the real books are people’s minds and souls.
… This applies directly to your love life, as you seek a partner who’s willing to go to hell and back with you. You’ll no longer be satisfied with superficial connections or commitments that only meet you part of the way. It’s all-or-nothing-at-all in 2013. The stakes are sky high — as they should be. You deserve nothing less than that…