Over the weekend, I reconnected with my friend John (and several other dear friends, as well as my favorite state of California). On Sunday, he posted his favorite quote and it so perfectly summarizes what I've been going through this last year, as well as how I feel about this beautiful, sometimes heartbreaking world we live in.
"Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could."
— Louise Erdrich, The Painted Drum
More to come soon, friends...