She waited for the train to pass. Then she said, "I sometimes think that people’s hearts are like deep wells. Nobody knows what’s at the bottom. All you can do is imagine by what comes floating to the surface every once in a while."
-Haruki Murakami, from "Airplane: Or, How He Talked To Himself As If Reciting Poetry"
Fighting the good fight is always more fulfilling than watching from the sidelines. You may not win the contest, but that doesn’t mean you don’t win.
12 things to stop waiting for in life
1 His first move.
2 The ginger martini and chocolate chip cookie diet—ain’t gonna happen.
3 A decent raise. Earn it, ask for it, get it.
4 That gorgeous gay guy to change his mind.
5 A sign to tell you what to do next.
6 A cellulite cure. Let’s worry about AIDS and cancer first.
7 Your ex to say he’s really sorry. Don’t worry—karma will get him in the end.
8 The bathroom to clean itself.
9 Monogamy to be easy (same goes for flossing).
10 New Year’s. Make the resolution today.
11 Your mother’s approval. If you’re happy, she will be too (eventually).
12 A man to change everything in your life. Change it yourself now—he’ll catch up with you later.
-Kimberley Bonnell & Pamela Redmond Satran, from Glamour September 2006
One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
their bad advice–
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
"Mend my life!"
each voice cried.
But you didn’t stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations,
though their melancholy
It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.
But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do–
determined to save
the only life you could save.
–Mary Oliver, "The Journey"