"Be fearless. Don’t complain. Even when horrible things happen to you, move on."
"Lost opportunities, lost possibilities, feelings we can never get back. That’s part of what it means to be alive. But inside our heads - at least that’s where I imagine it - there’s a little room where we store those memories. A room like the stacks in this library. And to understand the workings of our own heart we have to keep on making new reference cards. We have to dust things off every once in awhile, let in fresh air, change the water in the flower vases. In other words, you’ll live forever in your own private library."
- Haruka Murakami
Be with someone who takes the time to kiss you. Someone who stops what they’re doing to show you they appreciate and love you. Sometimes life gets a little hectic and it’s important to have someone who truly cares about you, someone to make you feel safe when things get rough.
This is my Shadow. He was born with a lot of bad luck. He was diagnosed with testicular cancer at the age of 10 months. He has nights where he’ll have a fever, days when he can’t eat without being sick afterwards, weeks when he is in too much pain to walk. But he’ll still lick my face to say good morning. And he’ll still come to the door with a smile on his face when I come home. And he’ll do his best to follow me everywhere. He’s my Shadow. And his happiness is the reason I never give up. Not on him, not on anything.
"It is better to lose your pride with someone you love rather than to lose that someone you love with your useless pride."
Maybe we’re not supposed to be happy. Maybe gratitude has nothing to do with joy. Maybe being grateful means recognising what you have for what it is, appreciating small victories, admiring the struggle it takes simply to be human. We’re thankful for the familiar things we know, and we’re also thankful for the things we’ll never know. But the end of the day, the fact that we have the courage to still be standing is reason enough to celebrate.
"Stop letting people who do so little for you control so much of your mind, feelings and emotions."
Seasons change. The weather can change from hot to cold in the blink of an eye. Animals move on in search of something better. And nothing can stop this from happening.
People change. Their personalities can change from hot to cold in the blink of an eye. People move on in search of something better. And nothing can stop this from happening.
Like weather, the change in people is a part of life. Embrace it, accept it, move on. Because life cannot change, but you can.