“There are many lessons in life that only time can teach you, like how much you love someone. It’s nearly impossible to know that, until you spend your days without them. And then there are those lessons that you can learn only through the beating of your heart, and through feeling such strong emotions that you can barely breathe. Then finally, the essence of time and the power of your heart crossing paths, and the only knowledge you’re left with is the realization that time is the one thing that keeps you from letting go. No, it’s never the embracing, or the kisses. Not the laughter or the tears, only time.”—Source Unknown (via anordinarygirl)
“Democracy demands that the religiously motivated translate their concerns into universal, rather than religion-specific, values. It requires that their proposals be subject to argument, and amenable to reason. I may be opposed to abortion for religious reasons, but if I seek to pass a law banning the practice, I cannot simply point to the teachings of my church or evoke God’s will. I have to explain why abortion violates some principle that is accessible to people of all faiths, including those with no faith at all. Now this is going to be difficult for some who believe in the inerrancy of the Bible, as many evangelicals do. But in a pluralistic democracy, we have no choice. Politics depends on our ability to persuade each other of common aims based on a common reality. It involves the compromise, the art of what’s possible. At some fundamental level, religion does not allow for compromise. It’s the art of the impossible. If God has spoken, then followers are expected to live up to God’s edicts, regardless of the consequences. To base one’s life on such uncompromising commitments may be sublime, but to base our policy making on such commitments would be a dangerous thing.”—Barack Obama (via azspot)
i have an overwhelming sense that things will work out in a way that will make me happy. maybe the answer will be on a billboard and we will see it as we are driving and we will look at each other and go, “ooooh.” and we will turn away from each other and smile to ourselves and you will reach for my hand.
well it hit me today, the full weight of beginning a new chapter of life, of the possibility of running out of time to see people i may never see again, of not seeing my family everyday for the rest of life. i had a cry, so maybe soon i can find a way of dealing with it.
i’m starting to learn how i work. starting over as a baby with no history when i go to france will teach me more.