"There are years that ask questions and years that answer."
"Sometimes, carrying on, just carrying on, is the superhuman achievement."
"Like it or not, we come to life in the middle of stories that are not ours. The way to knowledge, and self-knowledge, is through pilgrimage. We imitate our way to the truth, finding our lives — saving them — in the process. Then we pass it on."
~Paul Elie (from The Life you Save Might Be Your Own: An American Pilgrimage)
Mesmerized by this meditation on history and our place in it tonight.
"The opposite of depression is not happiness, but vitality, and these days, my life is vital, even on the days when I’m sad. I felt that funeral in my brain, and I sat next to the colossus at the edge of the world, and I have discovered something inside of myself that I would have to call a soul that I had never formulated until that day 20 years ago when hell came to pay me a surprise visit. I think that while I hated being depressed and would hate to be depressed again, I’ve found a way to love my depression. I love it because it has forced me to find and cling to joy. I love it because each day I decide, sometimes gamely, and sometimes against the moment’s reason, to cleave to the reasons for living. And that, I think, is a highly privileged rapture."
"You have to fight through the bad days to get the best days of your life. Relapse and sad days happen, but they do not define you or block you from moving on."