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living is like tearing through a museum

March 30, 2017

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"Living is like tearing through a museum. Not until later do you really start absorbing what you saw, thinking about it, looking it up in a book, and remembering - because you can't take it in all at once." - Audrey Hepburn

 

I love this quote. I think it embodies why I write or why anyone writes. It also brings me comfort because it solidifies the fact that nothing is as bad as it seems in the moment--letting time pass will be all you need to understand something's true purpose. 

 

I've had a lot of moments recently where I have needed to practice this. In the moment, things can seem so terrible. But space and time really are all you need to see things in a new light.

 

It's like when you get injured--from a paper cut to a broken leg--it hurts like a bitch in the moment but after some time it heals and the pain subsides. 

 

Another thing to keep in mind are the things that define you; something I believe that truly defines who we are is how we react and treat others when we are hurting. It's one of the hardest things to think beyond yourself when you're in a state of pain, but it's one of the most important things you can do. Anyone can be happy and then do good things and be kind to others; the truly good people are the ones who can do good things and be kind when you're hurting.

 

A pathway on the UR campus.

 

Food for thought because if we aren't constantly trying to improve ourselves, what's the point?

 

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