"What if the worst is true? What if there’s no God, and you only go around once, and that’s it? Don’t you want to be a part of the experience? You know, what the hell? It’s not all a drag, and I’m thinking to myself: Geez! I should stop ruining my life searching for answers I’m never gonna get and just enjoy it while it lasts. And, you know, after—who knows? Maybe there is something, nobody really knows. I know that maybe is a very slim reed to hang your whole life on, but that’s the best we have."
— Woody Allen, Hannah and Her Sisters
DEPEND UPON NOBODY. NOT EVEN YOURSELF.
HUMANITY IS UNRELIABLE.
IT WILL LET YOU DOWN.
"Loneliness is the human condition. Cultivate it. The way it tunnels into you allows your soul room to grow. Never expect to outgrow loneliness. Never hope to find people who will understand you, someone to fill that space. And intelligent, sensitive person is the exception, the very great exception. If you expect to find people who will understand you, you will grow murderous with disappointment. The best you’ll ever do is to understand yourself, know what it is that you want, and not let the cattle stand in your way."
Janet Fitch (White Oleander)
Tell me, which lover hurts the most?
The one who stays, or the one who goes?
There is no answer, you see
For both shall weep and weep for eternity
Do not put yourself in a box. Life is beautiful and complex. It was not meant for labels and rules and expectations. We were never supposed to live within the confines of when or where we were born, or into which religion or class or familial circumstances. We were born to push the boundaries. To strive for something more. So go, experience the world. It will be challenging and painful - but it will be worth it. For it is only when we are thrown out of our comfort zones, into the fierceness and uncertainty of the unknown - and we are finally able to break free from the boxes that we or others have built up around us - it is only then that we are truly able to embrace and understand who we are, or - more importantly - who we are not.
"I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next.
— Gilda Radner