These are a few things I know to be true right now.
- Delight and despair are shadows thrown by different lights on the same large object. Or the same light against different hulking masses. I don’t know quite, but they are entirely related, twisted together, inextricable.
- A walk outside, in any weather, is the best way to reorient myself to my place (miniscule) in the universe.
- Sometimes it feels like some weird combination of inertia and sheer will is keeping me from shattering into a million tiny shards. These times come, and they pass, and they come again. I must learn not to panic.
- I will never be able to fully measure the weight of awe, the power of wonder.
- Most people are deeply good at their core. Some are not. I’m skilled, but not infallible, at discerning which is which.
- The morning is my favorite time of day. Running in the pre-dawn and coming home to my hot coffee and sleeping house are some of the happiest moments of my life.
- As soon as I feel like I’ve got my balance, the ground under my feet will shift. Everything changes, and stability is an illusion. I can either white-knuckle my way through this, or learn to flow with the changes. My default is the former, I long for the latter.
- Poetry speaks to me – and to many – on a level that runs beneath the rational.
- The central task of adulthood, for many of us, is letting go of how we thought our lives were going to be.
What do you know to be true?
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